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

Philmont and Claverack Libraries join forces to offer a lending library at the Town Park

Emily prepares books for lending at the Town of Claverack Park Summer Program.

Emily prepares books for lending at the Town of Claverack Park Summer Program.

Research shows that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two or three months of reading progress.  That loss can have a cumulative, long-term effect.

To help our local kids keep their reading levels up, the Philmont Public Library and the Claverack Free Library have joined with the Town of Claverack Summer Youth Program to establish a satellite library at the park.  The program director, Brett Holmes, is excited at the idea of adding more educational and intellectual experiences for the campers on their summer break

 Books have been purchased (or donated), young volunteers are organizing the books with the old-fashioned book pockets and cards.  Junior librarians are being trained on checking out books and keeping track of the circulated items.  Plans for the summer also include a story time at least once a week especially for the younger campers.

 The libraries hope that the summer campers will enjoy using the satellite library this summer and want to continue the program for future summers.  Of course, the libraries hope that this introduction to public libraries will bring some of campers and their families to our brick and mortar buildings in Philmont and Claverack.

 This program has been supported in part by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services grant program.




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.


book it startThe Inaugural Book It! Walk and Run took place on a damp, blustery spring day, but that didn’t stop the over 125 participants from supporting our local libraries, the Philmont Public Library and the Claverack Free Library. Busses dropped off the participants at the top of a hill near Theilman Rd. The 81 runners followed by the walkers started the run down the grassy knoll, ending after 3.1 miles at the High Falls Land Conservancy on Roxbury, near Philmont. High School track star Trey Hotaling finished first overall in 17 minutes and 45 seconds. The woman’s first place finisher was Holly Vurgavoli, finishing in 22 minutes and 36 seconds.

This event was made possible by numerous sponsors: Michael Howard Esq, P.C.; Hoosick Valley Contractors, Inc; Lynne Rapport; Pattison, Koskey, Howe, Bucci, CPAs, P.C.; High Voltage INC; Florence Meyers, LCSW; Wendy Schmalz Agency; Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP; Animal Den; Diversified Soil Services LTD; A Sharper Image; MetzWood Insurance; Shallo, Galluscio, Bianchi & Fucito; Triform Enterprises, LTD; Claverack Pump Service, LLC; Hudson Valley Smart home, Brad Peck, Inc.; Ken Bovat; Main St. Pub; Leona Kitchen Inc, DBA Local 111; John A. Alvarez and Sons; Irv Schroder & Sons, Inc.; Bohdi Spa and Yoga Salon; Body Architecture; Johnston and Pulcher, Inc.; Doug Stalker; Hudson Valley Fresh; Hannaford; Cascades; Café Le Perche; Shop Rite; Mid-Hudson Cable; Columbia Land Conservancy; Mellenville Fire police; Lance Wheeler; Pam Banks; Taconic Hills National Honor Society; and many volunteers from both libraries.

Organizers and participants expressed their desire to make this fundraiser run an annual event.

1. Trey Hotaling 17:45
2. Ken Pierce 20:07
3. Michael Hoard 20:51
4. Ian Gilchrist 21:10
5. Michael Weidel 22:12
6. Angus Whitaker 22:14
7. Charles Hoffman 22:24
8. Tom Russo 22:30
9. Holly Vurgavoli 22:36
10. Erin Russo 22:45
11. Vincent Wegner 23:10
12. Matthew Bryant 23:36
13. Robert Peragine 24:51
14. Eli Russo 24:59
15. Mia Modafferi 25:01
16. Michelle Hoffman 25:07
17. Mark Rountree 25:10
18. Dave Cole 25:12
19. Jessica Sagendorph 25:17
20. Veronica Funk 25:29
21. Cybil Howard 25:33
22. Morgan Hoose 25:34
23. Ericka Shook 25:35
24. Ryan Skoda 26:08
25. Nathan Meir 26:11

August Book Club

Tender at the Bond

Tender at the Bone, August 20, 6:30 p.m.


For better or worse, almost all of us grow up at the table. It is in this setting that Ruth Reichl’s brilliantly written memoir takes its form. For, at a very early age, Reichl discovered that “food could be a way of making sense of the world . . . if you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were.” Tender at the Bone is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by unforgettable people, the love of tales well told, and a passion for food. In other words, the stuff of the best literature. The journey begins with Reichl’s mother, the notorious food-poisoner known for-evermore as the Queen of Mold, and moves on to the fabled Mrs. Peavey, onetime Baltimore socialite millionaress, who, for a brief but poignant moment, was retained as the Reichls’ maid. Then we are introduced to Monsieur du Croix, the gourmand, who so understood and yet was awed by this prodigious child at his dinner table that when he introduced Ruth to the soufflé, he could only exclaim, “What a pleasure to watch a child eat her first soufflé!” Then, fast-forward to the politically correct table set in Berkeley in the 1970s, and the food revolution that Ruth watched and participated in as organic became the norm. But this sampling doesn’t do this character-rich book justice. After all, this is just a taste. Tender at the Bone is a remembrance of Ruth Reichl’s childhood into young adulthood, redolent with the atmosphere, good humor, and angst of a sensualist coming-of-age.




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 language fast!

mango_learnLooking for fun, interactive language lessons? Over 45 foreign languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Irish & more) & 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses available.

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.