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

Spring Break Activities

Book-It! 2019 – 5k Run/Walk



Book It 5K The Cinco De Mayo Edition Sunday May 5th 2019! @ 9:00AM. Optional Costume Contest! Run or Walk as your favorite Character to win prizes.

RUN or WALK as your favorite character to win prizes!

Pre-Registration Fee (5/4 or before):
$22.00 Adults
$8.00 Youth 18 and younger

Day of/On Site Registration:
$25.00 Adults
$10.00 Youth 18 and younger

Early Registration, T-Shirt to those registered by Friday, April 19th

Click here for Registration & Event Information

Summer Battle of the Books for Teens

      Information session Monday April 29th at the Claverack Library at 6:30 pm

Help the Philmont and Claverack Libraries Help Teens Read This Summer!

This summer the Philmont and Claverack Libraries will be joining to have a team participating in the Teen Battle of the Books Reading Program.

Teen Battle of the Books is a national Summer Reading Program for high school students who are currently in the 9th through the 12th grade. Participants in the Mid-Hudson Library System program are asked to read five selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. A Regional Battle is held on Friday August 16th at Columbia Greene Community College.

The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in high school-age children, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter in school and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Contact either the Philmont or the Claverack Library if you would like more information on how to join the team.

You can help us by purchasing any of the the pre-selected books from the Philmont Public Library’s Amazon wish list. When checking out you can have the books delivered directly to the library or you can bring them in.  Thank you!

April Book Club

This month’s book selection is The Woman In The   Window by A.J. Finn.  The group will meet Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm in the Cultural Center of the library  for discussion.  Everyone is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.


It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems


Meditation at the Library

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 next few sessions will concentrate on resume writing and online applications.

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 License Practice Tests

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

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, Berkshire Botanical, Thomas Cole Historic Site, NYS Empire Pass (for state parks) and The Albany Museum of History and Art.

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.

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.