Announcements

Memorial Day Closing

The Farmington Libraries will be closed Saturday, May 28 & Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. 

Barney Library

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Location Details

Address:
71 Main St.
Farmington, CT 06032

Phone:
860-673-6791

Hours

Monday - Thursday & Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

New Books at Barney

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.

Celebrate May

10:00am - 10:30am
Barney Library
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Crafts, Hobbies, & Gaming, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:

Ages 2 - 5. Celebrate the season!  Come for a special story time and craft. Sing and dance, be prepared to get messy!

PLEASE REGISTER

Celebrate the Month! Join Miss Amy for a special story time and a craft! This program will be indoors and upstairs in the Hoppin Gallery. Registration required. Ages 2-5 Space is limited due to small class size. Please register for only one cla...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Celebrate May

11:00am - 11:30am
Barney Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Barney Library
Room: Hoppin Gallery
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Crafts, Hobbies, & Gaming, Series for Little Ones
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:

Ages 2 - 5. Celebrate the season!  Come for a special story time and craft. Sing and dance, be prepared to get messy!

PLEASE REGISTER

Celebrate the Month! Join Miss Amy for a special story time and a craft! This program will be indoors and upstairs in the Hoppin Gallery. Registration required. Ages 2-5 Space is limited due to small class size. Please register for only one cla...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers In Person Dance Party

10:00am - 10:45am
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: 0
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 10:00 or 11:00 am. Class size is limited and we will meet in the Gallery upstairs at the Barney. Please register the first child in your f...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Movers and Groovers In Person Dance Party

11:00am - 11:45am
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: 2
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 10:00 or 11:00 am. Class size is limited and we will meet in the Gallery upstairs at the Barney. Please register the first child in your f...
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 "Beauty in Breaking" by Michelle Harper An emergency room physician explores how a life of service to others taught her how to heal herself. Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profes...

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.