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

May Book Club

In May, the Philmont Public Library Book Club will be discussing the novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.   This book is often found in the Young Adult section of library and is sometimes required summer reading for high school students.Curious Incident

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

The Philmont Library Book Club will meet  in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library.  If you would like a copy of the book, give the library a call at 672-5010.  New members are always welcomed.  This month’s meeting is May 21 at 6:30.






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.