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.

Tobi Farley, Director

Closed Monday November 12th

Employment Help

The second Wednesday of each month COARC  job coach, Amy Sheak, will be leading monthly workshops for people interested in help on how to safely and effectively search and apply for employment.

The first meeting will be held November 15th from 12:30-1:30pm.

 

New Drop Boxes at the Rear Entrance!

Thanks to the Friends of

Philmont Public Library!

We now have a new location to return items when we are closed.  Our beautiful new drop boxes are located at the rear entrance of the library. Thanks to the Friends of the library for providing the funds for the boxes and the labels that were designed by NextGen signs in Claverack.

The current drop box at the front of the library will be removed and all items will be expected to be returned to the new location.  Please spread the word!

Free Driver’s Liscence Practice Tests

click this button or the one on the right side of the page to access free  NY State driver’s liscence practice tests

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge

In January of this year we challenged children under 5 years old and their families to “catch the reading bug” by reading a total of 1000 books before entering kindergarten.

 

We just had our first participants complete the task!  Congratulations to Willa and Etta for reaching their goal!  They received a new book, a certificate of completion and a fun pair of “reading glasses”!

We have about 15 other children recording their books as well.  Each family receives a tote bag to start and will have a jar on the wall to record how many books they’ve read (one bug for each 100 books).  If your child would like to participate please contact the library to register.

 

Story Hour Thursdays 10am starts September 20th

Join us at 10am for stories, songs, dance, fingerplays and sensory activities for young children and their siblings.  At 10:30 we will have crafts for older preschoolers and end with more stories and actives.  Come for it all or just what your child can handle.  Starts Thursday September 20th.

Museum Passes

With the the help of a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, the Philmont Library is able to update our collection of museum passes each year.

 

Our collection currently includes:

The Berkshire Museum, MiSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science), USS Slater, FASNY (New York State Museum of Firefighters), MASSMoCA, The Columbia County Historical Society, FDR Library and Museum, The Clark, House Tours at Olana and House Tours at Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay), Berkshire Botanical, Thomas Cole Historic Site, NYS Empire Pass (for state parks) and The Albany Museum of Art and History.

Passes can be checked out for 3 days by picking them up at the library using your library card. Each pass is different and may admit from one person to a family. Please contact the library in person or by phone (518-672-5010) for specifics about availability of each pass since some are seasonal.

Click the page titled MUSEUM PASSES at the top of the page for links to each museum and details on type of pass.

Also check our Facebook page for posts regarding special events and exhibits being offered at each site.

Meditation at the Library


December Book Club

This month’s book selection Lilac Girls , by Martha Hall Kelly.  The group will meet Wednesday, December 5th at 1pm for lunch and discussion.  Everyone is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

 

 

 

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.