The Library is open for browsing with updated hours!


Due to a decrease in cases in our area, we feel it is time that we can safely allow patrons back into the library!

We will still be limited to five patrons for browsing and two for computer use at a time and for a limit of thirty minutes.

Monday and Wednesday- 1pm-6pm

Thursday and Saturday- 10am-2pm

Friday- 1pm-5pm

Snow Moon Virtual Event

Presented by Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in collaboration with Claverack, Hudson, Philmont and Roeliff Jansen Libraries!

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 7:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/MudCreekELC/

Join Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District on February 26th for a virtual nature event just before the Snow Moon! Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will talk about the origins of full moon names, the full moon, moon phases and fun moon facts! Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (www.ccswcd.org) provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County.

Follow this link to make your own Moon Phases Calendar complete with instructions and a free downloadable worksheet.

** This virtual event is FREE, however, you must pre-register to receive the Zoom login information– please contact Pamela Price at pamela.price@ccswcd.org to register.

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Snow Moon Virtual Event

Presented by Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in collaboration with Claverack, Hudson, Philmont and Roeliff Jansen Libraries!

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 7:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/MudCreekELC/

Join Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District on February 26th for a virtual nature event just before the Snow Moon! Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will talk about the origins of full moon names, the full moon, moon phases and fun moon facts! Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (www.ccswcd.org) provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County.

Follow this link to make your own Moon Phases Calendar complete with instructions and a free downloadable worksheet.

** This virtual event is FREE, however, you must pre-register to receive the Zoom login information– please contact Pamela Price at pamela.price@ccswcd.org to register.

History Series with FDR Presidential Library

The Four Freedoms:

Monday, March 8th 2021 6:00 pm

Join Jeffrey Urbin, educator, from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library in Hyde Park, NY for the for the second in a series of history talks about FDR and his legacy.  On January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt shared with the country his vision for a world founded on “four essential freedoms.” This session brings into clearer focus the vision he held for all the world. Interactive discussion topics include: What is the distinction between a freedom “of” and a freedom “from”? How was the concept of the Four Freedoms a thread in everything FDR did during his time as President? How are these freedoms threatened and defended in America, and the world, today? If a fifth freedom were to be added, what might it be? The Four Freedoms’ role in the creation of the UN.

Click here to Join via Zoom     Passcode: FDR

Future Topics in the Series will be:

Federal One: Saving the Arts…… April 5th, 2021 6:00 pm

Rural Electrification…………………May 3rd, 2021 6:00 pm

At Home Learning Kits for Children

We have teamed up with local organizations to provide creative, fun, hands-on materials for families of students pre-k through 8th grade!

Kit sponsors include:

  • Columbia Land Conservancy
  • Kids Need Music
  • Hawthorne Valley School
  • FDR Presidential Museum and Library
  • Art Omi

Kits can be checked out in the following subject areas:

Language, Math, Science, History, Music, Art/ Crafts

Click here for more information

Beyond Selfies! Take Better Photos with Gerald Seligman Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, February 24 & March 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Take better photos – it’s not your camera, it’s your eye. Learn how to frame and shoot your photos with this two-session class open to teens and adults. Whether you use a smartphone, a ‘point and shoot’ or the latest camera equipment, everyone’s welcome to the course – and all can benefit.

Please email youth@roejanlibrary.org to register.

Tech Labs: Thursdays @ 5:30

All labs will be held virtually on Zoom and are free to participants of all ages. Classes begin at 5:30pm, but we encourage signing in 15 minutes early. To register, please email Tammy Gaskell at director@roejanlibrary.org.

This series is hosted in conjunction with Claverack Free Library, Hudson Area Library, and Philmont Public Library.

Lab Schedule:

Feb 4 – Advanced Zoom: Learn how to host and present on Zoom by using virtual backgrounds, muting others, and other techniques and Zoom functions

Feb 11 – Google Arts and Culture Virtual Tours: Travel from your computer! Who isn’t dreaming of vacations and traveling? Now you can go to your dream location and plan your next trip.

Feb 25 – Google Search Tips: Utilize tabs, quotes and hyphens to search, and find pages and websites

Mar 4 –  Cyber Security: Protect yourself from hackers and scams by using password management and practicing care while searching online

2021: Better Skills, Better Job, Better Year! Job Help Workshops

Postponed: New dates to be determined

Register HERE for Virtual Workshops

Two sessions

Session 1 Creating your best resume

Session 2 Preparing for an interview and how and where to get continued help on finding local jobs

*Participants will receive a free flash drive to help organize and contain their documents

*Chromebooks are available to borrow from both libraries if needed

Workshops are led by the Columbia-Greene Office of Career Success and Workforce Office and is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program and the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation

How does hoopla work?

 

hoopla is brought to you by the Claverack Libraries (Claverack and Philmont).  With your Claverack or Philmont library cards just find a title you like and click borrow and you are ready to start enjoying your title.

 

Claverack Libraries provides you with 4 instant borrows each month. These digital borrows will reset every month and you can borrow more than one title at a time.

Books are available for 21 days, videos are available for 72 hours, and music titles are available for 7 days after you borrow. Enjoy!

Go beyond the basics with these pro tips:

hoopla is available on your desktop, phone, tablet, Alexa devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV! Make sure to download our app to take your borrows anywhere.

Out of monthly borrows? Use the heart icon to save a title for later!

Download the hoopla user guide for Kindle
Download the hoopla user guide for Android
Download the hoopla user guide for ios

hoopla has a Chrome extension so while you are browsing Amazon you can see if your library has the title you are looking for.

Download the Chrome extension guide

hoopla is sponsored by funds from the Berkshire Taconic Community Fund

The Library is open for browsing with updated hours!

Due to a decrease in cases in our area, we feel it is time that we can safely allow patrons back into the library!

We will still be limited to five patrons for browsing and two for computer use at a time and for a limit of thirty minutes.

Monday and Wednesday- 1pm-6pm

Thursday and Saturday- 10am-2pm

Friday- 1pm-5pm

Philmont Library Now Fine Free!!

The Philmont Public Library will stop charging overdue fines to all cardholders as of January 1, 2020

We are happy to announce that the Philmont Public Library will now be fine free — with no late fines on books and media — as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Fines make up only slightly over 1% of our budget – a number that is dropping every year due to programs like automatic renewal and text message and email alerts. These programs have been successful in helping people keep track of their items and avoid fines. Therefore, fines are no longer a necessary incentive to ensure that items return to the library.

The library’s board of trustees chose to go fine free to decrease barriers to the collection and encourage people to come back to the library. Having late fines over $10 blocks a patron’s ability to borrow items and access their account on line. An inability to pay late fines causes some patrons to stop coming to the library. By eliminating late fines, we can better fulfill our goal of providing free and equitable access to lifelong learning and we hope to make it easier for all people to visit the library, borrow materials, and access our many online services.

We will still charge fees for lost, non-returned, and damaged items. Donations are also always welcome.

We are very excited to be able to provide a fine free library for the Philmont community. We hope to see even more guests coming through the front door to enjoy all that we offer. Part of our mission is to create a welcoming, accessible space. We feel that no longer charging overdue fees takes us one step closer to the goal.

Thank You!