Barney Library

Location Details

Address:
71 Main St.
Farmington, CT 06032

Phone:
860-673-6791

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
 

New Books

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.

Barney Kids Book Club

3:45pm - 4:15pm
Barney Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Book Group, Special Event
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Details:
Barney Kids Book Club Ages 5-10 Join Miss Amy at Barney to read a book and do a craft. In January we will read "The Keeping Quilt" by Patricia Polacco and make a craft based on the book. This program will meet indoors in the Hoppin Gallery. Mas...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers Zoom Dance Party

9:30am - 10:00am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
Come Move and Groove with Miss Amy - let's have a virtual party!  We will read a favorite book and do some dancing! Tell your grown-ups to put on their dancing shoes and be ready to move and groove!  Register to receive the Zoom invit...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers In Person Dance Party

10:15am - 11:00am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
*DUE TO THE RISE IN COVID-19 CASES IN-PERSON MOVERS & GROOVERS IS POSTPONED* Let’s move and groove together in the Library! We will read a fun book and do some dancing. Register to come at 10:15 or 11:15 am. Class size is limited and we will m...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers In Person Dance Party

11:15am - 12:00pm
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
*DUE TO THE RISE IN COVID-19 CASES IN-PERSON MOVERS & GROOVERS IS POSTPONED* Let’s move and groove together in the Library! We will read a fun book and do some dancing. Register to come at 10:15 or 11:15 am. Class size is limited and we will m...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Novel Ideas Book Club

1:15pm - 2:15pm
Barney Library
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Group
Event Details:
Our next book will be "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" by Olga Tokarczuk In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers Zoom Dance Party

9:30am - 10:00am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
Come Move and Groove with Miss Amy - let's have a virtual party!  We will read a favorite book and do some dancing! Tell your grown-ups to put on their dancing shoes and be ready to move and groove!  Register to receive the Zoom invit...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers In Person Dance Party

10:15am - 11:00am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Music, Dance, & Film, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Let’s move and groove together in the Library! We will read a fun book and do some dancing. Register to come at 10:15 or 11:15 am. Class size is limited and we will meet in the Gallery upstairs at the Barney. Please register the first child in your f...

History

D. Newton Barney gave The Village Library to the people of Farmington, as a memorial to Sarah Brandegee Barney, his mother. A portrait of D. Newton Barney, by Rogert Brandegee, can be viewed in the main reading room along with Sarah Brandegee Barney and other notable Farmingtonians.The building was designed in the Greek revival style by Stephen Brainerd Lawrence in 1917. A plaque in memory of Mr. Lawrence is located in the library’s front hall.

The Village Library remained the principal town Library until the Farmington Library was commissioned in 1983. This new modern 52,000 square foot building consolidated Farmington and Unionville libraries into one Farmington Library.

The Village library was renovated three times: The Children’s wing in 1959 and again, in 1983, after being closed a year, the library reopened as the renovated Village Branch Library. In 1999, the Village Library was renamed, Barney Library, in thanksgiving to William and Harriet Barney Lidgerwood and the Barney Family for their largesse. They have served Farmington quietly, effectively and with great generosity giving of their time, talent and treasure to support and sustain that which makes Farmington unique. The latest modifications were affected between 2008 and 2009 and reopened as Barney Library on December 1, 2009. The following lists the people who together supported the renovations and additions project with $1,000,000, which in conjunction with a $1,000,000 State Grant and $1,000,000 Town referendum provided for the magnificent building and destination place standing at 71 Main Street.