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.

Tobi Farley, Director

Art in The Library Program

Come join the Art School of Columbia County for our last summer workshop.

Monday August 28th from 1-2pm  Emily Dickinson program grades K-2:

Intersections: inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Railway Train” we will follow the path the train takes in her poem, and create illustrated scrolls of the unrolling landscape, with our own poem following the train’s path.

School Supply Drive

Oh my, can you believe it is August already? That means it is time for our school supply drive!
Please bring in items like…
bookbags,
#2 pencils,
pencil cases (boxes and bags),
pocket folders,
zipper 3 ring binders,
colored pencils,
highlighters,
glue sticks

 

 

We will be collecting these items at the library during the month of August and they will be available for families beginning August 28th.

Solar Eclipse August 21

Be like the cool kids and get ready for the eclipse.  It’s easy!  Come and get your own free pair of glasses at the library during library hours anytime on or before Monday, August 21.  Just ask at the desk.

Meditation at the Library

Meditation Class is taking a break for the rest of the Summer and will resume on September 11th.

August Book Club


This month’s book selection is The Color Purple by Alice Walker on Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 pm.  Every one is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

 

In The Color Purple, Celie writes her story in letters to God. Raped and impregnated by her father, Celie is forced to marry a man she doesn’t love. After meeting singer Shug Avery, however, Celie finds the strength to leave her husband and reunite with her children.

 

 

Museum Passes

 

This year with the help of a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, the Philmont Library has added to our collection of museum passes. In addition to Berkshire Museum, The Troy Children’s Museum (CMOST), USS Slater,  New York State Museum of Firefighters, MASSMoCA, The Columbia County Historical Society, The Clark, House Tours at Olana and House Tours at Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay) we now also have passes to Arrowhead (the home of Herman Melville), Berkshire Botanical, Thomas Cole Historic Site and The Albany Museum of Art and History.

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 usually admit two people.

Join the Friends of Philmont Public Library

friends of the library 2To the Philmont Community

The newest 501 (c) (3) in Philmont is the Friends of Philmont Public Library. We have received our incorporation papers and an IRS determination letter; we are now qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.

Our purpose is to support the Philmont Public Library by sponsoring programs, purchasing equipment, helping fund building upgrades and other areas that are suggested by our membership. Our membership will work to raise funds for these endeavors. We are seeking members for our organization. As a member, you can volunteer to help us raise funds or you can remain a silent member. Membership dues are $5 for an annual membership or $25 for a lifetime membership. If you would like to join the Friends of Philmont Public Library, please send a check to

Friends of Philmont Public Library

Jane Raco, Treasurer

PO Box 593

Philmont, NY 12565

Sincerely,

Linda Van Der Meulen, President

 

Digital Magazines Available with your Library Card

digital magazines

Libraries not only offer you the opportunity to borrow books, DVDs, ukuleles, and museum passes but to use your library card to borrow e-books and audiobooks and starting January 1, 2016, digital MAGAZINES.

Some of the magazines are that the Mid-Hudson Library System will offer include:  The New Yorker, Star, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Kiplingers, Forbes, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Bon Appetit, Mother Earth News….and the list goes on and on.  There are 90 popular magazines that you will no longer need to purchase.

On January 1, there will be a blue button on our website, philmontlibrary.com. (down the right side…Zinio) There will be easy to follow instructions for those of you with a library card to establish a log-in and begin reading the 90 popular magazines.

If you don’t already have a library card, stop by the Philmont Public Library and join our library family.

Storyhour Thursday Mornings with Miss Tobi

storyhour Tobi Farley welcomes preschoolers and their families to our Storyhour on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.  Stories, songs, finger plays, games, crafts and occasional snacks are all part of the fun!

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.