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

Lunch and a Movie

Come join us during Christmas break for Despicable Me 3 and lunch

at 12:30 on Wednesday, December 27th.

SPONSORED BY THE PHILMONT ROTARY CLUB

Our teen advisory panel has a challenge for you!

The teen advisory panel has been busy making paper stars to decorate the library.  They are challenging patrons to read and use these stars to make the library look festive!  Come in and place a star up for every book you read.

Starting today and running till December 23rd.

Third Annual Children’s Ornament Workshop

Children up to age 14 are invited to a make and take workshop in the Cultural Center on Saturday December 16th anywhere from 12-2pm.  Everyone will have a choice of ornaments to create based on their age and abilities.

The Grands and the Littles Story Hour


Join us on the second Tuesday of every month at Pine Haven Nursing Home for a unique story hour.  We will have the usual songs, stories and crafts, but will be adding a snack and new friends of different ages. Older children are welcome to come and can read to a senior buddy.

Our next “Grands and Littles” Story Hour will be held on Tuesday, December 12th at 3:15pm.

Storyhour Thursday Mornings

Preschoolers  and their families are welcome 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!

Meditation at the Library

Meditation Class is back every Monday evening at 6pm.

December Book Club

This month’s book selection is Florence Gordon by Brian Morton Wednesday, December 20th at the new Winter time of 1pm.  Every one is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.


Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible and underappreciated by most everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle-age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag.

With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them, Florence, who can humble the fools surrounding her with one barbed line, but who eventually finds there are realities even she cannot outsmart

 

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

 

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.