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

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

Soup’s On!


soup to goIt’s that time of the year again…soup time! Wednesdays at the Philmont Public Library will be the place to go if you want delicious homemade soups, casseroles and desserts. The soup sale at the library is a great fundraiser for the Friends of the Philmont Library, showcasing local soups made by our patrons and local restaurants and shops. Soups will be on sale for $4 a pint or $7 a quart beginning January 7 and continuing to January 28. Soup is donated and sold to support programming and services at the library. Soups will be ready for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m (or whenever we run out). To see the updated soup schedule, check our web site Philmont.org/library or our facebook page Philmont Public Library.

Last week of soup sales and we are going out strong. The storm should be over by soup time. We have some great ones this week. Homemade rolls are coming again thanks to Nadine Gazzola

January 28
Turkey Vegetable Rice—Ellen Mead
Corn Chowder—Winnie Speed
Seafood Chowda—Elizabeth at the Pub
Tomato based Vegetable with Chicken—Diane Perry
Cabbage and Sausage—McNan’s
Goulash—Judy Tice
16-bean Soup—John Schedler
Italian Wedding Soup—Denny Melino
Cabbage Roll Soup—JoAnn Kromer
Cheddar Potato Corn Chowder—Vanderbilt
Brothy vegan white bean—Local 111

Desserts: Janice Anderson, Theresa Halstead, Jane Raco




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. 5- Wings and Things

Feb. 12- Hearts and Flowers

Feb. 19- Bring Your Favorite Book to Read

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


February Book Club

NamesakeNamesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is the choice for the Philmont Public Library’s book club discussion for February.   The Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month and welcomes new members at any time.

This month’s meeting will be February 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.

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.






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.