Join The Claverack, Philmont and Roe-Jan Libraries in conjunction with the Taconic Hills School District in reading:


Weekly activities that correspond with the book will be held at all three libraries on the following Thursdays at 6:30pm:

February 27th @ RoeJan Library Tornado Terror

Dorothy had an adventure due to a tornado. Help us make tornadoes in a bottle and learn all about dangerous weather!

March 5th @ Claverack Library Rockin’ Rainbows

Hands on fun with light and colors! Prisms, Flashlights and imagination… OH MY!

March 12th @ Philmont Library Corroding Tin Man

Learn the science of corrosion. We can speed up or deter the process of rusting metal so that our metal objects don’t go the way of the Tin Man.

March 19th @ Roe-Jan Library Painting Poppies

Dorothy , Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion fell asleep there. Get ready to paint your own magical field of poppies!Wear your crafting clothes. 

March 26th @Philmont Library Hot Air Balloons

The Wizard and Dorothy left Oz in a hot air balloon. We will make floating lanterns and learn the science behind what makes them rise.

April 2nd @ Claverack Library Finale Celebration

Enjoy the film “The Wizard of Oz” on our 85 inch screen. Oz themed snacks will be served.  Door prize of the entire Oz book set by Frank L. Baum.

Philmont Library Going Fine Free!!

The Philmont Public Library will stop charging overdue fines to all cardholders as of January 1, 2020

We are happy to announce that the Philmont Public Library will now be fine free — with no late fines on books and media — as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Fines make up only slightly over 1% of our budget – a number that is dropping every year due to programs like automatic renewal and text message and email alerts. These programs have been successful in helping people keep track of their items and avoid fines. Therefore, fines are no longer a necessary incentive to ensure that items return to the library.

The library’s board of trustees chose to go fine free to decrease barriers to the collection and encourage people to come back to the library. Having late fines over $10 blocks a patron’s ability to borrow items and access their account on line. An inability to pay late fines causes some patrons to stop coming to the library. By eliminating late fines, we can better fulfill our goal of providing free and equitable access to lifelong learning and we hope to make it easier for all people to visit the library, borrow materials, and access our many online services.

We will still charge fees for lost, non-returned, and damaged items. Donations are also always welcome.

We are very excited to be able to provide a fine free library for the Philmont community. We hope to see even more guests coming through the front door to enjoy all that we offer. Part of our mission is to create a welcoming, accessible space. We feel that no longer charging overdue fees takes us one step closer to the goal.

Thank You!

Community Story Hours

Story Hour, Thursday mornings at 11AM!!! Come join us for stories, songs, crafts and fun!

Museum Passes

Museum passes are sponsored in part by the Columbia County Children’s Foundation. Check out the museum passes available at the library. All are available to borrow for three days with your library card. Click here for specifics on each pass and links to the websites.

February Book Club

This month’s book selection is A Spark of Light  by Jodi Picoult.  Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel.  How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry?  What does it mean to be a good parent?  A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation… and, hopefully, understanding.  The book club will meet on February 19th @ 1pm  in the Cultural Center of the library for discussion.  Everyone is welcome! Call the library to reserve the book.