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

Moonlight Walk at Summit Lake Philmont Community Center Friday June 14th at 8pm.

As a “launch” for our summer reading theme of “a Universe of Stories” Columbia Land Consevancy educator, Heidi Bock, will lead us on a night walk to discover the awe of the night sky.

All ages welcome for the free community event.

There will be a limited number of telescopes available. If you have one, please consider bringing yours to share.


5th Annual Ockawamick Alumni Art Show

Welcome Automatic Renewal!

Here’s some good news: from now on, we will automatically renew your material before it becomes due.

Why are we doing this? Because the number one reason most people don’t use the Library is that the loan periods are too short (and difficult to keep track of). And because when life gets hectic—and when isn’t it?—the first thing we forget to do is to renew our library books, movies, and music.

Here’s how automatic renewal works:
Two days before an item becomes due, you will receive an email stating: “The following items have been automatically renewed for you (title, new due date).”

In the same email it will also state: “These items can not be renewed and are due (title, current due date)”

Items that have holds on them—when other patrons are waiting for them—will not be automatically renewed. Items also will not be renewed if you owe more than $10 in library fines. Automatic renewal is a one-time occurrenceYou can’t renew the same material again, unless you speak to a staff member.

This renewal system is effective on materials borrowed from this library. Other libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System may or may not be participating. When you visit another library in our system, please check to see what their lending rules are.

Automatic renewal cannot be turned off, but you are certainly free to return items on the original due date!

Notification is only through email, so be sure we have your current email address in our system.

Summer Battle of the Books for Teens

 Tuesdays at 6:30 pm beginning June 11th

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!

June Book Club

This month’s book selection is   The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The group will meet on June 19th @ 6:30  in the Cultural Center of the library  for discussion.  Everyone is welcome.  Call the library to reserve the book.

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy that has overthrown the United States government. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred.

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), CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science and Technology), Hancock Shaker Village, USS Slater, MASSMoCA, 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.