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

Soup Sales are Coming!!!

Our annual soup sales are back!  They will be held  Wednesdays in January beginning on the 9th.  Please call, email or drop by the library to sign up to donate homemade soup or desserts.  We could also use volunteers to set-up, clean-up and man the sales.

Shoemaker and the Elves

December 27 at 1pm

A free family event sponsored by the Friends of Philmont Public Library and presented by the Dancing Hands Puppet Troupe. The Shoemaker and the Elves is a delightful tale of generosity and faithfulness, told with marionettes and filled with the mystery and the magic of the season. Come to watch the show, learn a new song and make your own elf!

 

Employment Help

The second Wednesday of each month COARC  job coach, Amy Sheak, will be leading monthly workshops for people interested in help on how to safely and effectively search and apply for employment.

The first meeting will be held November 15th from 12:30-1:30pm.

 

New Drop Boxes at the Rear Entrance!

Thanks to the Friends of

Philmont Public Library!

We now have a new location to return items when we are closed.  Our beautiful new drop boxes are located at the rear entrance of the library. Thanks to the Friends of the library for providing the funds for the boxes and the labels that were designed by NextGen signs in Claverack.

The current drop box at the front of the library will be removed and all items will be expected to be returned to the new location.  Please spread the word!

Free Driver’s Liscence Practice Tests

click this button or the one on the right side of the page to access free  NY State driver’s liscence practice tests

Museum Passes

With the the help of a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, the Philmont Library is able to update our collection of museum passes each year.

 

Our collection currently includes:

The Berkshire Museum, MiSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science), USS Slater, FASNY (New York State Museum of Firefighters), MASSMoCA, The Columbia County Historical Society, FDR Library and Museum, The Clark, House Tours at Olana, Berkshire Botanical, Thomas Cole Historic Site, NYS Empire Pass (for state parks) and The Albany Museum of History and Art.

Passes can be checked out for 3 days by picking them up at the library using your library card. Each pass is different and may admit from one person to a family. Please contact the library in person or by phone (518-672-5010) for specifics about availability of each pass since some are seasonal.

Click the page titled MUSEUM PASSES at the top of the page for links to each museum and details on type of pass.

Also check our Facebook page for posts regarding special events and exhibits being offered at each site.

Meditation at the Library


January Book Club

This month’s book selection is My Italian Bulldozer, by Alexander McCall Smith.  The group will meet Wednesday, January 16th at 1pm at the village hall for discussion.  Everyone is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative. While there may be no cars available there is something else on offer: a bulldozer.

 

 

 

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.

Job & Career Help

Online access to help with finding a job, templates & tips for writing a resume & cover letter, interviewing tips, test preparation & more.