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

October Book Club

rosemary-kennedy-bookThis month the book club will be reading Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter.  The book club meets Wednesday October 19th at 6:30.  Every one is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.

Major new sources — Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors’ letters, and exclusive family interviews — bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then — as the family’s standing reached an apex — the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.

New Services at the Library

Never have an item be late again!!
You can get e-mail reminders a few days before your items are due and TEXT messages on the day that it is due.  Click on the library elf icon to the right of the screen to sign-up.
For extra help call the library at 672-5010
Even easier is reading Consumer Reports online with your library card!  Just click the Consumer Reports icon under Library Elf and then enter your library card number.  No pin or password required.  You go directly to the website!
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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, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Troy Children’s Museum (A/K/A Troy Science Museum), 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.  The Norman Rockwell is a discount rather than a free pass.  Call the library for more information at 672-5010.

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

Please consider joining us for our first annual meeting will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philmont Public Library on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Sincerely,

Linda Van Der Meulen, President

 

Similar but Different

 

groucho library peopleThe Philmont Public Library will be participating in a photo exhibit, “We Are Similar but Different” just like our Village. Local photographers (including Tom Buckner, Steve Benson and Lynda Ackerman) will be snapping pics of the library patrons and community members wearing a Groucho Marx disguise. These black and white photographs will be on display in local store fronts and in the Karen A. Garafalo Cultural Center.

Photographers will be at the library during the soup sales this week (January 27, starting about 4 p.m.) Stop by and have your portrait taken by one of the photographers. There will be other opportunities to participate in this community-wide exhibit. They will be announced at a later date.

This display is being sponsored by the Village of Philmont, NancyScans and Friends of Philmont Library and is scheduled to be completed early in March.

Digital Magazines Available with your Library Card

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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 will be welcoming preschoolers to our Storyhour on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning September 15 with stories and activities about family.

Philmont Public Library ranked 5-star

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Karen and Renee are looking for the 5th star–we know it around here somewhere!!

The results of the eighth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service (LJI) are in, and the Philmont Public Library is ranked in the top 258 libraries in the United States, earning a 5-Star Award. The Philmont Public Library is in a unique position, having received “star” recognition in each of the eight years the journal has published the rankings.  This puts Philmont with only 80 other libraries nationally.

The Library Journal uses a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the services they deliver their patrons by circulation, program attendance, use of public computer terminals and attendance. The library provides these programs and services while having one of the lowest operating budgets in the Mid-Hudson Library System. The library also recently built the Dorothy (Dot) Bowes Pavilion behind the library using donations and fundraising, which has boosted program attendance at movies and outdoor programs.

Karen Garafalo, director at Philmont for the last nine years, is “thrilled at receiving the honor again this year. We have a great community who support and make use of the library. We are continually trying to adapt to the changing needs of libraries. Our patrons and staff  help make our library a star library.”

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.

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.  Added to our collection in 2015 are passes to House Tours at Olana and House Tours at Steepletop (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

 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.  The Norman Rockwell is a discount rather than a free pass.  Call the library for more information at 672-5010.