Welcome to our Library

Welcome to the website of the Philmont Public Library. We hope that by navigating through our offerings, you will want to visit our library in person, spending time browsing the stacks, reading the newspapers or magazines, using our public computers, checking out the latest exhibit in the Cultural Center, sharing conversation over a cup of coffee or checking out books, movies, books on tape or music CDs.

Additional information about programs and activities at the library can be found on our village website (philmont.org) or on our Facebook page. If you would like to receive e-mails about new items that have been added to the collection or upcoming programs, send your e-mail address to library@philmont.org and we will add you to our Yahoo groups.

Karen A. Garafalo, Director

Ockawamick Alumni Art Show

OCS Alumni

June Book Club

the birth house

The Philmont Public Library’s Book Club will meet again on June 17 at 6:30 in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center at 101 Main Street in Philmont. We will discuss The Birth House by Ami McKay. All are welcome to join. If you would like us to order you a copy of the book, call the library at 672-5010.

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of the Rare family. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing and a kitchen filled with herbs and folk remedies. During the turbulent first years of World War I, Dora becomes the midwifes apprentice. Together, they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives.

But when Gilbert Thomas, a brash medical doctor, comes to Scots Bay with promises of fast, painless childbirth, some of the women begin to question Miss Babineaus methods—and after Miss Babineaus death, Dora is left to carry on alone. In the face of fierce opposition, she must summon all of her strength to protect the birthing traditions and wisdom that have been passed down to her.

Filled with details that are as compelling as they are surprising—childbirth in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, the prescribing of vibratory treatments to cure hysteria and a mysterious elixir called Beaver Brew—Ami McKay has created an arresting and unforgettable portrait of the struggles that women faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

Philmont Public Library ranked 4-star

small stars

The results of the seventh edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service (LJI) are in, and the Philmont Public Library is ranked in the top 258 libraries in the United States, earning a 4-Star Award. The Philmont Public Library is in a unique position, having received “star” recognition in each of the seven years the journal has been published.

The Library Journal uses a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the services they deliver their patrons by circulation, program attendance, use of public computer terminals and attendance. The library provides these programs and services while having one of the lowest operating budgets in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The library also recently built the Dorothy (Dot) Bowes Pavilion behind the library using donations and fundraising, which has boosted program attendance at movies and outdoor programs.

Karen Garafalo, director at Philmont for the last nine years, is “thrilled at receiving the honor again this year. We have a great community who support and make use of the library. We are continually trying to adapt to the changing needs of libraries. Our patrons and staff (especially Assistant Director Renee Dobert) help make our library a star library.”

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.

Museum Passes

This year with the help of a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, the Philmont Library has purchased passes to Berkshire Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Troy Children’s Museum (A/K/A Troy Science Museum), USS Slater,  New York State Museum of Firefighters, and The Clark.

 Passes can be checked out for 3 days by picking them up at the library, using your library card. Patrons will not be able to reserve the passes using the OPAC.  The passes admit at least two people and some admit more.

Job & Career Help

Online access to help with finding a job, templates & tips for writing a resume & cover letter, interviewing tips, test preparation & more.

Learn a foreign language fast!

Looking for fun, interactive language lessons? Lessons available in over 30  languages !

Need to repair your car?

Wondering if your car has a recall? Get the full Chilton Manual for any car through our website! With your library card you get anytime, anywhere access for every domestic and foreign automobile and light truck.