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

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

Register to Vote

Will you be out of town and need an absentee ballot? Has your address changed? Are you or a family member turning 18 soon? We can help with that! The library now has registration forms and information on your polling locations and lists of candidates running. Drop by or call the library for more information.

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

October Book Club

This month’s book selection The Stars are Fire , by Anita Shreve.  The group will meet Wednesday, October 17th at 1pm  Everyone is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically protecting their children and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands’ fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars. Then the unthinkable happens and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.





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.

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 !