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

Summer Battle of the Books for Teens

Help the Philmont and Claverack Libraries Help Teens Read This Summer!

This summer the Philmont and Claverack Libraries will be joining to have a team participating in the Teen Battle of the Books Reading Program.

Teen Battle of the Books is a national Summer Reading Program for high school students who are currently in the 9th through the 12th grade. Participants in the Mid-Hudson Library System program are asked to read five selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. A Regional Battle is held on Friday August 16th at Columbia Greene Community College.

The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in high school-age children, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter in school and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Contact either the Philmont or the Claverack Library if you would like more information on how to join the team.

You can help us by purchasing any of the the pre-selected books from the Philmont Public Library’s Amazon wish list. When checking out you can have the books delivered directly to the library or you can bring them in.  Thank you!

Community Read: Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

February Book Club

This month’s book selection is Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran.  The group will meet Wednesday, February 20th at 1pm in the Cultural Center of the library  For discussion.  Everyone is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care. As Kavya learns to be a mother – the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being – she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.

 

Meditation at the Library


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 next few sessions will concentrate on resume writing and online applications.

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 License Practice Tests

click this button or the one on the right side of the page to access free  NY State driver’s license 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.

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.