Monday, December 27, 2010

High Peaks and Lofty Dreams;Denali: The High One. At Last.

Three times over fifteen years, adventure photographer and high altitude mountaineer Walt Hampton attempted to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali), North America's highest peak. Turned back twice by ferocious winds, unrelenting snows and unmitigated fears, Hampton nearly abandoned his lifelong dream of summiting The High One. But with uncompromising tenacity, he returned this past June to finally stand on top.
Denali sits in the heart of the Alaska Range and has a vertical rise higher than Everest's. Known for its extreme cold and dangerous storms, Denali is not for the unprepared or faint of heart.
Hampton, who climbed with his wife and his son, will share his daring adventures, his struggle to achieve an elusive goal, and his spectacular photography. He'll talk about dreams denied and dreams fulfilled; what it takes to succeed in the mountains - and in life.
Come and explore the possibility of climbing in the Greater Ranges. Come ponder your own dreams of adventure and daring. Or just come and enjoy some extraordinary photos and a great tale. March 30, 2011 the Directors College 2011 series at the 7:00 pm @ the Barney Library 71 Main Street Farmington,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Time to Reflect and Glow: Barney Library Project Completed and Polished. December 2010

I suppose it is appropriate to assess those New Year’s promises we made in January at the years end and then to begin thinking about next year’s resolutions.
Well, this was the year of years for me. The Barney Library coming to fruition along with the installation of KOHA, an open source electronic catalog, personnel reorganization, new programs, services and initiatives are each very remarkable. However, the Barney project's magnitude highlighted by all the good work done by the building committee, Architects, General Contractor and our fabulous employees tops the cake!

Thanks to everyone and best wishes for the rest of the year and next.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Evan Cowles Presents:Images From Nepal, 21 Days in the Himalayas

It is so exciting to present our second Directors College program: Images From Nepal:21 Days in the Himalayas, October 2008 by sojourner Evan Cowles at the Barney Library on Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

Evan Cowles retired from his Landscape Architecture practice in July 2008
and immediately started training for a trek in the Anapurna region in October 2008. Cowles will tell the story of how he and five other trekkers spent 21 days on an ancient trade route that has been used for centuries.

Cowles’s trek around the Manaslu circuit started at a tropical 2,000 foot elevation. The ancient trade route followed the Budhi Gandaki river, proceeding over the snow covered Larke La pass with an altitude of almost 17,000 feet, and back down into the tropics again. As the altitude increased, the people and language changed from Nepali to Tibetan.

“While the stock market was plummeting and Obama was in the middle of his presidential campaign, we were oblivious as we traveled through a land right out of the fourteenth century. The typical family’s dinner was grown in sight their village, the grain ground by a water powered mill next door, and everything cooked over an open fire with the smoke making its way through a hole in the roof.”

The images are vivid digital photos that include children, ancient stone paths, and rickety suspension bridges.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010




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Not everyone who tours Europe does it in a bus or rented car. Veteran cyclists Joan and Charlie Leach have toured four countries on two wheels and would like to show share with you what it’s like, what it costs and how to do it. The Leaches also will discuss issues related to age [none] and physical conditioning [a few].

This mid-70’s couple has ridden hundreds of miles along the Elbe, Danube and Loire Rivers and through the hills of Tuscany. They will relate what it’s like to see a foreign land from the bike saddle, how to meet nice folks by getting lost and how to ride a bike after sampling Tuscan wine.

They will show photographs taken along German, Austrian, French and Italian bike paths – and share stories and images of how to link famous tourist attractions with a few daily miles of pedaling.

Their trips have been undertaken both independently and with Elderhostel [“Road Scholar”]. Travel has been efficiently managed by local tour companies which provide equipment, hotels, meals and luggage transport – along with maps, directions and a backup “sag wagon”.

Foreign bike touring is fun and not physically demanding. These great adventures are available in many forms, and everyone [even the faint-hearted] can find a tour fitting their capabilities and interests. Let our speakers show you how it’s done!