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

Every Hero Has a Story


The Summer Reading Program will have its kickoff on Tuesday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Dot Bowes Pavilion behind the Philmont Public Library. The Storycrafters will be on hand to entertain the program participants and members of the community.

 Sign-up packets are available at the library now. The program is for ages 5 to 11.

 Other highlights for the summer include: Loki’s Canine Cousins, Animal Embassey and the Science Tellers. A calendar of events is included in the Reading Packet.

 Join us for the fun and games from June 30 to August 6.

Director’s Challenge 2015

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Karen Garafalo, Director of the Philmont Public Library, has announced her annual director’s challenge for the summer of 2015 — Explore Columbia County.

A scorecard is available at the Philmont Public Library listing interesting attractions in and around Columbia County. There are 25 places on the list. Each person who is able to visit at least 15 of the places will have their name entered into a drawing to be held at the end of the summer. Instructions on recording visits are listed on the scorecard.

Some of the places include High Falls (just outside of Philmont), Essig Trail (on the upper side of the Philmont Reservoir), Columbia County Museum & Library (Kinderhook), Clermont State Historic Site (Clermont), Olana (museum pass available), FASNY Museum of Firefighting (museum pass available), Samuel Tilden Gravesite (New Lebanon), Omi International Arts Center: Fields Sculpture Park (Ghent), Hawthorne Valley Farm (Harlemville), Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (Kinderhook), and many more.

The Columbia County Tourism Guide will be helpful with directions and hours to many of the attractions. Copies of the guide are available at the Philmont Public Library.

Have fun this summer in Columbia County.

Thank you, Steve Benson, for the photo. Continue reading ‘Director’s Challenge 2015′

Cookbook Book Club

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The first meeting of the Cookbook Book Club was a huge success–a blast! It’s not too late to join the group. If you like to cook and try new recipes, call the library (672-5010) and talk to Tobi about the next meeting (Wednesday, June 24, desserts). Themes for future meetings include Food from the Garden, Chicken Night, and International Foods. The Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each summer month beginning with June 24.

July Book Club

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The Philmont Public Library’s Book Club will meet again on July 15 at 6:30 in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center at 101 Main Street in Philmont. We will discuss The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. All are welcome to join. If you would like us to order you a copy of the book, call the library at 672-5010.

The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives. In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters’ lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.

From the town’s founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.

At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving

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.”

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 !