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.

Karen A. Garafalo, Director

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.


Book it-memo

Date and Time: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Starting at The Old Town Highway Garage at Route 217 & Roxbury Road in Philmont NY
Busing to start line, one way 5k.

Registration Fees: $15.00 for adults, $5 for 18 and younger.

Packet Pick Up:

  • Early      Packet Pick Up on Saturday May 3 from 10-2 at the Philmont Public Library
  • Starting      at 7:30 a.m. on May 4, 2013 at Old Town Highway Garage at Route 217 &      Roxbury Road in Philmont NY

Post Race Celebration at High Falls on Roxbury Road, Claverack , New York
Race-result awards & random prize drawing (must be present to win).

Register now at www.active.com/claverack-ny/running/races/book-it-5k-2014

or fill out the paper registration and return to the Claverack or Philmont Library.

Storytime is back!

Storytime for preschool children is held at the library every Thursday at 10 a.m.  Susannah White will be leading the children in songs, stories and crafts!  Come find out what all the fun is about.

Themes for April–

April 3–Counting to 10

April 10–Seeds

April 17–Bunny Tales

April 24–Spring Flowers

April Book Club

In April, the Philmont Public Library Book Club will be discussing the novel, Where’d You Go Bernadette?  A “divinely funny” novel, this should be a welcome change for the book clubbernadette

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-schoolmothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette‘s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

The Philmont Library Book Club will meet  in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library.  If you would like a copy of the book, give the library a call at 672-5010.  New members are always welcomed.






Museum Passes

This year with the help of a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, the Philmont Library has purchased passes to Berkshire Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Troy Children’s Museum (A/K/A Troy Science Museum), USS Slater,  New York State Museum of Firefighters, and The Clark.

 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 admit at least two people and some admit more.

Job & Career Help

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

Learn a language fast!

mango_learnLooking for fun, interactive language lessons? Over 45 foreign languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Irish & more) & 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses available.

Need to repair your car?

Wondering if your car has a recall? Get the full Chilton Manual for any car through our website! With your library card you get anytime, anywhere access for every domestic and foreign automobile and light truck.

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