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

“Book It! 5k” Run and Walk

Clip Art Graphic of a Book Cartoon CharacterTHE PHILMONT and CLAVERACK LIBRARIES

“Book It! 5k” Run and Walk
Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 9:00 AM


Registration Fee: $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for 18 and younger

Register in person or by U.S. Mail – Click here to download registration form

Register online at Active.com (a $3.00 service fee will be applied)

Early Registration, T-Shirt guaranteed to those registered by April 4th

Course Information:
Join us on a new route this year! We will begin at the Churchtown Firehouse, running north on County Route 27, turning left onto Schoolhouse Road to shortly travel down Stickles Road, then onto Millbrook Road, and finishing down County Route 12 back at the firehouse a oneway 5k.


Join Community Read 2015


One Book One Community

Private Peaceful despeccedThis March, Taconic Hills students and others in our community will be reading and discussing the same book, Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. This is a joint project of the Taconic Hills Central School District, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, the Claverack Free Library, and the Philmont Public Library.

Copies of Private Peaceful are available for purchase at the Roe Jan Library. Please join us and share in the experience. Learn more about the book and about WWI at library events.



Income Tax Form Availability (or lack of)

tax formsSome bad news for those of you who still do their own taxes, libraries will not have the assortment of forms and instructions they have had in the past. We will not have any instruction forms and only the major tax forms–1040, 1040A and 1040EZ (with no instructions). My suggestion is for you to order your forms using the toll-free number listed below ASAP; I will be ordering a copy for in-library use.

Here is part of an e-mail that I received a couple of days ago:

For this filing season, we will offer the following products:

Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Instructions for Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. Your patrons can obtain copies of Instructions through:

1-800-829-3676 – to order tax products to be delivered by mail

Philmont Public Library ranked 4-star

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The results of the seventh edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service (LJI) are in, and the Philmont Public Library is ranked in the top 258 libraries in the United States, earning a 4-Star Award. The Philmont Public Library is in a unique position, having received “star” recognition in each of the seven years the journal has been published.

The Library Journal uses a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the services they deliver their patrons by circulation, program attendance, use of public computer terminals and attendance. The library provides these programs and services while having one of the lowest operating budgets in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The library also recently built the Dorothy (Dot) Bowes Pavilion behind the library using donations and fundraising, which has boosted program attendance at movies and outdoor programs.

Karen Garafalo, director at Philmont for the last nine years, is “thrilled at receiving the honor again this year. We have a great community who support and make use of the library. We are continually trying to adapt to the changing needs of libraries. Our patrons and staff (especially Assistant Director Renee Dobert) help make our library a star library.”

Story Hour Returns

storyhourFriends and Neighbors–

Come to the Philmont Public Library


Thursdays at 10 a.m.


All are welcome!

Feb. 26- Hats! Hats! Hats!

March 5- William Steig Festival

March 12- The Wind

March 19- Colors

March 26- Rabbit Tales

April 2- Egg- actly

April 9- Stories of Spring

April 16- Sing Me a Song

April 23- Bugs

April 30- On the Farm


March Book Club

round houseThe Round House by  Louise Erhrich is the choice for the Philmont Public Library’s book club discussion for March.   The Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month and welcomes new members at any time.

This month’s meeting will be March 18 at 6:30 in the Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library. Call the library if you would like a copy of the book ordered for you.

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.






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.

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.