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

May Book Club

what we keepThe Philmont Public Library’s Book Club will meet again on May 20 at 6:30 in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center at 101 Main Street in Philmont.

The book that will be discussed is What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg. Book Summary: Do you ever really know your mother, your daughter, the people in your family? In this rich and rewarding new novel by the beloved bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon, a reunion between two sisters and their mother reveals how the secrets and complexities of the past have shaped the lives of the women in a family. Ginny Young is on a plane, en route to see her mother, whom she hasn’t seen or spoken to for thirty-five years. She thinks back to the summer of 1958, when she and her sister, Sharla, were young girls. At that time,a series of dramatic events–beginning with the arrival of a mysterious and sensual next-door neighbor–divided the family, separating the sisters from their mother. Moving back and forth in time between the girl she once was and the woman she’s become, Ginny at last confronts painful choices that occur in almost any woman’s life, and learns surprising truths about the people she thought she knew best. Emotional honesty and a true understanding of people and relationships are combined in this moving and deeply satisfying new book by the novelist who “writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems” (Andre Dubus

Columbia County Photo Club Exhibits at the Philmont Public Library


The Philmont Public Library will host a photo exhibit showcasing members of the Columbia County Photo Club April 25 through May 22. Photos exhibited with be “Best Black and White” for a dozen or more club members. There will be an opening reception on Saturday morning, April 25, from 10:30 to noon. Light refreshments will be served.

The Columbia County Photo Club began as the brain child of Paul Abitabile five years ago.  He had an avid interest in photo taking and wanted to meet others who shared his interest.  It has developed into an active group of photographers.  Experience levels range from novice to professional. Members share photos, techniques, photo opportunities, exhibit in area venues and contests, meet up for photo taking together.  There are speakers at meeting from time to time.

If you are interested in the group, come to a meeting at the Hudson Area Library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6pm.

 Photo by S C Wildermuth


“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.

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


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.

Learn a foreign language fast!

Looking for fun, interactive language lessons? Lessons available in over 30  languages !