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

Thea and the Devices

Thea and the Devices

Is everyone telling you about the free e-books and e-magazines that you can get with your library card? Are your children and grandchildren encouraging you to use your device (computer, tablet, smart phone) more often for books and magazines? If you are having trouble using Overdrive or Zinio (or don’t even know what those terms are), come and listen to the latest rage: Thea and the Devices.

Thea Schoep from the Claverack Library along with Tobi and Karen from the Philmont Public Library will be at the Philmont Public Library on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. to help you get started or clear up any difficulties you may be having.

Bring your device with you along with any usernames and passwords you might need including your library card number and pin. You should also bring your Itunes number.

Registration is suggested.  Call the library at 672-5010.

Upcoming Events for the Kids

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Similar but Different

 

groucho library peopleThe Philmont Public Library will be participating in a photo exhibit, “We Are Similar but Different” just like our Village. Local photographers (including Tom Buckner, Steve Benson and Lynda Ackerman) will be snapping pics of the library patrons and community members wearing a Groucho Marx disguise. These black and white photographs will be on display in local store fronts and in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center.

Photographers will be at the library during the soup sales this week (January 27, starting about 4 p.m.) Stop by and have your portrait taken by one of the photographers. There will be other opportunities to participate in this community-wide exhibit. They will be announced at a later date.

This display is being sponsored by the Village of Philmont, NancyScans and Friends of Philmont Library and is scheduled to be completed early in March.

Digital Magazines Available with your Library Card

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Libraries not only offer you the opportunity to borrow books, DVDs, ukuleles, and museum passes but to use your library card to borrow e-books and audiobooks and starting January 1, 2016, digital MAGAZINES.

Some of the magazines are that the Mid-Hudson Library System will offer include:  The New Yorker, Star, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Kiplingers, Forbes, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Bon Appetit, Mother Earth News….and the list goes on and on.  There are 90 popular magazines that you will no longer need to purchase.

On January 1, there will be a blue button on our website, philmontlibrary.com. (down the right side…Zinio) There will be easy to follow instructions for those of you with a library card to establish a log-in and begin reading the 90 popular magazines.

If you don’t already have a library card, stop by the Philmont Public Library and join our library family.

Storyhour Thursday Mornings with Miss Tobi

storyhour Tobi Farley will be welcoming preschoolers to our Storyhour on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning September 10 with stories and activities about friends.

February Book Club

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

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” — from publisher’s web site.

Philmont Public Library ranked 5-star

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Karen and Renee are looking for the 5th star–we know it around here somewhere!!

The results of the eighth 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 5-Star Award. The Philmont Public Library is in a unique position, having received “star” recognition in each of the eight years the journal has published the rankings.  This puts Philmont with only 80 other libraries nationally.

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  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.  Added to our collection in 2015 are passes to House Tours at Olana and House Tours at Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

 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 usually admit two people.  The Norman Rockwell is a discount rather than a free pass.  Call the library for more information at 672-5010.

Job & Career Help

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