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

Story Hour Returns

storyhourFriends and Neighbors–

Come to the Philmont Public Library

Storyhour

Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Starting September 11

Stories–songs–fingerplays–crafts

All are welcome!

August Book Club

orphan trainThe September Book Club will meet at the Philmont Public Library on Wednesday, September 17, at 6:30.  We will be discussing Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to aging out out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvenile hall. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life answers that will ultimately free them both.                                            

 

 

 

 

Philmont Public Library Collecting School Supplies

It’s that time of the year again! School supply shopping! Although the supply lists look a little shorter for this year, some families will still have difficulties shopping for supplies and clothes. If you can, please purchase some supplies from the list below (no spiral notebooks, please)school supplies2


composition notebooks
filler paper (wide rule)
pencils
glue sticks
boxes of tissues
folders
binders

Bring your donation to the library for distribution.

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.

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.