FEBRUARY 2019 RAVE REVIEWS by Jean E. Eustance

RAVE REVIEWS by Jean E. Eustance

David Dosa. M.D., has written a book about Alzheimer’s disease which has a light touch. The framework of the book is about the cat Oscar who lives in the Alzheimer’s ward of a nursing home in Rhode Island. Somehow he knows when patients are dying and this cat goes to their rooms, and lies on the beds, and stays with them through their last hours. Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat is in the non-fiction section of the Pine Bush Public Library.

The body of the book is about (a.) life in a nursing home in the Alzheimer’s section where there are several cats, not only Oscar.  (b.) Dr. Dosa going outside the nursing home to talk to the family members of people who used to be patients there. And (c.) a look at Alzheimer’s disease.  This is a reasonably-thin book, and it does not get down in the trenches with the caregivers and family members who must live with someone who is losing his or her mind and memory to dementia.  The book talks about Alzheimer’s, and the people talk about watching their loved ones go downhill, but the text is not gut-wrenching.

Furthermore, Dr. Dosa writes about himself lightly, and makes himself say silly things, and then realize that they are silly. One example follows.

One woman was trying to explain to him how it was to care for her mother at home, when her mother had dementia.

She said, “I had to have a strategy just to be able to work, care for my son, and be there for my mother.” (And Dr. Dosa said) “That must have been hard on you.” Donna looked at me as if I’d just said something like “It must snow a lot in New England in the winter.”  (And she said) “David, unless you go through it, you truly have no idea.  I had no life for myself.”

One of the pages which got to me was when someone named Joan talked about her father forgetting how to fasten his seat belt.

She said, “Every time we’d go for a drive, my father would ask me to show him how to buckle his seat belt and I would go over it in painstaking detail, like I was teaching a young child to do it for the first time. But he never got it. I’d get so angry with him that he couldn’t do it rather than just accepting the fact that you can’t teach something to someone who is “unlearning” everything. Ultimately I had to figure this out for myself. Perhaps every caregiver does.”

After that, it is a relief to get back to the cat.  The theory is that Oscar can smell something that tells him the end is near for a certain patient.

“When cells stop working, you get a state of starvation and you can smell ketones,” (Dr. Dosa said,) referring to the sweet-smelling chemical by-product that can also be sensed in out-of-control diabetes.

Patients, family members and staff of the nursing home all seem to appreciate Oscar and the company he provides. He visits with the person, lying by the person’s side until that patient has passed away, and no longer needs him. Oscar the cat provides company and comfort for both the patient and the patient’s family.

This is a nice little book about a horrible, big subject. Please find it in our non-fiction section upstairs.

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HAVE YOU MET LIBBY?

Have you met Libby?

Libby will allow you to get your E-books & periodicals on your cell phone or tablet.  Here are the steps to download Libby:

Apple (iPhone or iPad)

  1. Go to App Store and download Libby.
  2. Once download is complete, locate the app and open.
  3. Libby will ask you to find your local library. Click “Yes” and enter your Zip Code
  4. Select the Pine Bush Area Public Library from the list.
  5. Enter your library Card number and PIN when asked (PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number!)
  6. CONGRATULATIONS… YOU’RE IN! Click on the search bar on the top of the page and type in the title or author you are looking for.
  7. Once you have found the title you are searching, for simply click “Borrow”, select how long you wish to borrow it for and hit “OK”
  8. Now you will be asked if you want to “Open in Kindle” or “Download to Device”. Select Download to device.
  9. Once the book has downloaded, click “Library” in the lower left portion of the screen. This will bring up a list of all the books you are currently borrowing. Click the book you want to read and ENJOY!!!!

Android Phones and Tablets

  1. Go to The Play Store and download Libby
  2. Once download is complete, locate the app and open.
  3. Libby will ask you to find your local library. Click “Yes” and enter your Zip Code
  4. Select the Pine Bush Area Public Library from the list.
  5. Enter your library Card number and PIN when asked. ((PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number!)
  6. CONGRATULATIONS YOU’RE IN! Click on the search bar on the top of the page and type in the title or author you are looking for.
  7. Once you have found the title you are searching for simply click “Borrow”, select how long you wish to borrow it for and hit “OK”
  8. Now you will be asked if you want to “Open in Kindle” or “Download to Device”. Select Download to device.
  9. Once the book has downloaded click “Library” in the lower left portion of the screen. This will bring up a list of all the books you are currently borrowing. Click the book you want to read and ENJOY!!!!
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February 2019 Newsletter and Calendar

february 2019 newsletter february 2019 calendar

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LACE MASON JARS – FEBRUARY 6TH – 3:30 PM

lace mason jars

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Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers – learn about a new Library group for you – “The Pals of the Library”

We are looking for Middle School and High School students to join a new Library group,

“The Pals of the Library”.

The “Pals” would meet monthly and discuss various ways to aide and provide support to the Pine Bush Area Library.  They would conduct their own fundraisers, plan parties and themed meetings for themselves.  They would be a self-governing group under the advice and counsel of Library staff. “Pal” members would benefit by performing community service, learning teamwork skills and socializing and making new friends.

If your Middle Schooler or High Schooler is interested in joining, or for more information about “The Pals of the Library”, please contact Miss Vicki at 744-3375 ext. 3.

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CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR: “THE YEAR OF THE PIG” with MAHJONG & “MUNCHIES” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 – 10 AM TO 12 NOON

celebrating chinese new year

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WINTER POETRY READING FEBRUARY 28TH 7:00 PM

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ALL POETS ARE INVITED TO READ ORIGINAL OR OTHER WORKS. 

WINTER-INSPIRED POEMS ARE ENCOURAGED! 

NON-POETS ARE INVITED TO COME, LISTEN, ENJOY

 AND BE ENTERTAINED!

HOSTED BY GLORIA WINTER

Pine Bush Area Library Community Center

Thursday, February 28th – 7:00 to 9:00 PM

(Refreshments Served.  No Cover)

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Art On The Library Walls – Now Exhibiting in the the Library – Artist Nancy Reed Jones!

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Nancy Reed Jones is an award winning artist living and working in the beautiful Hudson Valley.  Nancy was trained at the Huntington Art League on Long Island where she lived most of her life.

Nancy owned her own mural business for many years on Long Island and painted murals for the cancer patients in the hospitals there.  Her murals were painted directly on the walls in the patient’s rooms where they could be viewed from their beds.  These murals were used for “Guided Imagery” which is a technique where the patients get so engrossed in the scene that it alleviates their pain.

Nancy has developed “Art For Relaxation” classes to help people in recovery from addictions and serious illnesses.  Relaxation techniques such as soft music, flowing fountains and aroma therapy are used to help people relax and enjoy the process of learning to paint.  Nancy  now teaches at the Wallkill River School of Art where she was a member of the Board of Directors for several years.  Nancy also works for the New York Cancer Foundation teaching relaxation classes for the cancer patients.

In 2013, Nancy was chosen to receive the “Champion Of The Arts” award  from the Orange County Arts Council.  She was also voted #1 acrylic artist in the region in 2010.

Nancy can be contacted at the following:

Cell #516 695-0758       Website: Nancyreedjones.com        Nartist57@aol.com

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The Greatest Presidents – Washington & Lincoln – Presented by Joseph Britto February 26th @ 6:30 PM

the greatest presidents

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January 2019 Rave Review by Jean E. Eustance

Jan. 2019 book review

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POST HOLIDAY JEWELRY CLEARANCE SALE January 12th from 10 AM to 2 PM

POST HOLIDAY JEWELRY-1

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We are this month’s Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag beneficiary

Hannaford Helps

 

 

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The Southern Catskill Anglers fly tying program beginning Sunday, Jan 13th

The Southern Catskill Anglers will be starting their fly tying program on Sunday, Jan 13th (20, 27 and Feb. 3) for beginners, Ages 9 to adults. This program will run for 4 Sundays at the Pine Bush Library Community Center from 1-3pm. Making your own flies to fish with us is not hard at all. All you need to learn is a few basic steps and you will be successful. If you have never tied before, try it out!! This is a great activity for Fathers/Son/Daughters/Mother or even Grandparents to tie with a child. The first 4 Sundays will be for those who have not tied before.

Cost is youth $5 and adults $10 for the 4 weeks. You will leave each class with 2 flies that are usable for fishing. Come the springtime, we will offer fly casting lessons on our pond for a different experience in fishing!! Sign up to join us. We have all materials and equipment needed for you. Email me at scanglers@gmail.com.

Advanced classes will also be held starting in Feb (10, 17, 24 and March 3rd) also for 4 weeks. Cost is $20. Spread the news, bring a friend or two. You will have a fun time learning and creating! Email me if you are interested!!
If you can’t commit to the 4 weeks but want to try it, the cost is just $5 a class. Payment is collected at the first class! Please show up 10 minutes early. Hope you can join us!!

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CAKE DECORATING PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTER – FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 AT 3:00 PM

CAKE DECORATING DEMONSTRATION

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2018 Pine Bush Library Holiday Closings

Holiday closings

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2018 ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR AND COOKIE WALK SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND 9:00AM – 2:00 PM

2018 HOLIDAY FAIR AND COOKIE WALK

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December 2018 Free Movie Matinee – December 20th @ 12:30 pm “Mixed Nuts!”

December 2018 Free Movie Matinee

“Mixed Nuts!

Philip (Steve Martin) manages a suicide-prevention hotline called Lifesavers, assisted by Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) and Catherine (Rita Wilson). On Christmas Eve, Philip learns that their landlord (Garry Shandling) is evicting them from their office. Amid all this unrest, Catherine proclaims her love for Philip. And when a transvestite (Liev Schreiber) and a pregnant woman (Juliette Lewis) enter into the equation, things get even more interesting.

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2018 Annual Fund Raiser Donation Request

2018 Annual Fund Raiser request

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 ART ON THE LIBRARY WALLS!

 We are trying to bring back our monthly artistic works to the Library.

Last month, Robert Scully exhibited his works. 

For December, we are featuring paintings by Dr. Richard Reich.

Please look at the wonderful artworks on the walls while visiting the Library.

 

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ROBERT “BOB” SCULLY

ARTIST

15 Charles Street, Pine Bush, NY  12566

(845) 744-3862

Email:  rscully2@hvc.rr.com

Bob is a life-long resident of the Hudson Valley.  He was born in the City of Newburgh, and graduated from Newburgh Free Academy.  In 1985 Bob and his wife, Cathy, moved to Pine Bush where they now reside.  After working at IBM for 28 years as a mechanical designer, Bob retired and began teaching drawing and painting and eventually opened Bob-Cat Studio, a picture framing shop.  The custom picture framing was a natural step, incorporating his artistic creativity and working with his hands.

Bob’s artistic background has been basically self-taught, until the early 1970’s, at which time he began painting instruction with John and Paul Gould at the Bethlehem Art Gallery.  Since then he has studied under Daniel Greene, and attended the Scottsdale Artist School Workshops.

Bob still teaches painting and drawing privately in his studio adjacent to his home, and  he favors a realistic style and holds a special regard for the Hudson River School influence which he passes on to his students.  One of the things Bob wants his students to do is to paint like themselves and not imitate someone else.  Bob says, “I always tell my students that if you want to paint like me, you will always be second best.  You should want to paint like you.”

His works vary, never settling on one particular subject.  This has always been so because he finds an interest in all things.  Most recently Bob has been inspired by the scenery in trips to the Southwest.

Bob has been a member of many art organizations over the years, and is currently a member of the Orange County Arts Council, Middletown Art Group (MAG) and the Crawford Arts Association.

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Richard J. Reich, Ed.D.

Artist

dreich10@gmail.com

Artist

 845 744-3781

 MEDIUM: Acrylic                                 

SUBJECT MATTER: Landscapes, Abstracts

MEMBERSHIPS: Current, founding member and former Vice President of the Crawford Arts Association, Member of the Middletown Art Group

ARTIST STATEMENT: Dick has been involved in some form of Art for many years. His earlier interests include working with wood, fiber, 3 dimensional and multimedia art. More recently, his interests have centered on painting using acrylics as his preferred medium. He has benefited from studying with instructors from Mount Saint Mary College; Shawn Dell Joyce, Louise McCutcheon and Nancy Reed Jones from the Wallkill River School, as well as several independent artists.

As an emerging artist, Dick continues to seek opportunities to grow in this avocational interest.

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JOB NOW!

JobNow

Did you know that you can access JobNow, an on-line career help site that will guide you through Resume Writing, Career Coaching, Job Interview Tips, Skills Assessment, and many more resource aids to help you with your present or future job/career?  JobNow also has “Live Chat” coaches to assist you Mondays through Sundays from 2 PM to 11PM EST.

To start, go to the Pine Bush Area Library website:

  • Click on “Research” (black background)
  • Click on “View All Our Data Bases….. (blue line)
  • Click on “Jobs/Careers” (blue box)
  • Then follow the prompts for the job you want!!

 

 

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