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

Meditation Class

Taconic Hills Community Read Events

Join the library for activities revolving around themes from the book City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

Cornell Cooperative Extension will be joining us for a two part workshop in which we will explore gardening in harsh conditions such as low light and water.  Part 1: (Wed., Feb. 22 @ 2pm) includes building and planting a garden wall and Part 2: (Wed., March 29 @ 3:30) has us enjoying what the wall has produced.

Upcycle projects:

Sat., March 11@ 12:00 – turn tired sweaters into fun winter hats!  Bring your own worn out sweater or use one we provide.

Fri., March 17 @ 1:00 – turn cork stoppers into garden markers!  Start thinking what you might plant this Spring!

* All activities intended for any students grades 4 and above and their families.

March Book Club

This month’s book selection is A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm.  Every one is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.


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 next annual meeting will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philmont Public Library on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Sincerely,

Linda Van Der Meulen, President

 

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 welcomes preschoolers and their families 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!

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.