THE FLOWER ARRANGER’S GARDEN THE CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION MASTER GARDENERS THURS., AUG. 8TH 1:00 PM

PLEASE CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW THE FLYER!

FLOWER ARRANGER’S GARDEN

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AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS – WEDS., JULY 31ST @9:00 AM-4:00 PM

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS

GET A DISCOUNT ON YOUR AUTO INSURANCE AND/OR LOWER POINTS ON YOUR LICENSE

SIGN UP NOW!!!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019  –  9 AM – 4 PM

PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTER

$20 FOR AARP MEMBERS

$25 FOR NON-AARP MEMBERS

       (MUST REGISTER.  CALL 744-4265, EXT. 2)

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS

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SPECIAL CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: MAKING SPACE FOR POLLINATORS! MONDAY, JULY 15TH 3:30 PM @ THE LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTER

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Pollinators

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HANNAFORD HELPS REUSABLE BAG PROGRAM!! ALL DURING JULY 2019!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE FLYER!!

HANNAFORD

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Pine Bush Library July 2019 Newsletter and Calendar

July 2019 newsletter July 2019 Calendar

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Make your own Tie Dye Coaster – July 9th at 11:00 am at the Community Center!

Make your own Tie Dye coaster

with Ms. Rebecca

Tuesday, July 9th at 11:00 am

at the Library Community Center

Call 845-744-4265 Ex. 2 to reserve your space

SPACE IS LIMITED!

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Tweens-tie-dye doc

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A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, ART AND MOVIE NIGHT! AUGUST 3rd STARTING @ 6:30 PM

Come join the Pine Bush Area Library on Saturday, August 3rd, for a family night of fun for everyone!

Please click on link below for the information:

A Universe of stories, art and movie night

 

 

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“A UNIVERSE OF STORIES” THE ADULT READING PROGRAM THEME AT THE PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY CALLING ALL CREATIVE WRITERS!!

Please click on the link below for information:

A UNIVERSE OF STORIES SHORT STORY

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SLAVERY AND WORLD HISTORY

SLAVERY AND WORLD HISTORY

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE CONTINUING LECTURE SERIES PRESENTED BY

 JOSEPH BRITTO, ADJUNCT LECTURER SUNY/ORANGE

AND PROFESSOR EMERITUS SUNY/NEW PALTZ.

“Where Slavery Died Hard”, an historical documentary 

  showing evidence of enslaved African-Americans in Ulster

  County, NY, around 1790, will be shown during the Tuesday,

  July 16 session at 6:30 pm in the Community Center.

PLEASE REGISTER BY CALLING 744-4265, EXT. 2

 

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RAVE REVIEWS BY JEAN E. EUSTANCE

RAVE REVIEWS by Jean E. Eustance               July 2019

I’ve just finished The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and I feel like I’m a kid again, and I’ve found a book that feels like the ones I used to read. This is a book that will stay with you for years and years. Get this book from the Children’s Department of the Pine Bush Area Public Library. It’s written for middle readers, grades four and up. It’s one of those books you, the grownup, will wish had been available when you were a child.

Jeanne Birdsall has written a marvelous book about a family of one widower and his four daughters, and the problems when his bossy older sister says that he must start dating again. His daughters don’t like the idea. It’s also about how the daughters support each other and love their Dad.

They come up with a Save-Daddy Plan. Aunt Claire says that the girls’ late mother had left their Dad a letter saying that it isn’t good to be alone too long. Four years after Mrs. Penderwick’s death, Aunt Claire introduces Dad to the first blind date and the whole thing is a disaster. She says that Dr. Penderwick should go on at least four dates and then if it’s just too much, he can stop. The eldest daughter, Rosalind, figures that if they can find three more truly awful dates for Daddy, the whole thing will be over and they will be left in peace.

Then Dr. Penderwick says that he is dating a woman named Marianne whom he met in a bookshop. No one else has met this woman, and when Aunt Claire tries to steer him towards another blind date, off he goes again with Marianne, um, Marianne Dashwood. (Turns out his late wife’s favorite book was Sense and Sensibility. If you’ve read it, you will recognize the name.) The kids have a Save-Daddy Plan but Daddy is trying to save himself by dating a woman who does not exist. Meanwhile, a new neighbor has moved in next door in their hometown of Cameron, Massachusetts. lantha Aaronson is a professor at the same college that he works at, and she is a widow with a cute baby. The Penderwick girls adore her and her child. The youngest daughter, Batty, is always over there, visiting them. Can you see where the plot is going?

The book is about more than just the Save-Daddy Plan. The kids have other interests. For example, Skye and Jane are the soccer players. Skye has a temper. She has been known to call the referee a kumquat. She loses her temper during a match when Jane has been fouled worse than usual. Jane, meanwhile, has a technique for keeping from crying during matches if someone bashes into her. She “channels” a British soccer player whom she says is named Mick Hart. When their soccer team, Antonio’s Pizza, is playing their arch-rivals, Cameron’s Hardware, things explode.

When Jane got hit too hard, bad things happened. Sometimes she started to cry, and sometimes she forgot how to play. And sometimes– and this was Skye’s least favorite possibility— she became Mick Hart and shouted odd things in an English accent… The ball was passed to Skye… when a shout rang out behind her. “CAMERON’S HARDWARE ARE GORMLESS DUFFS!” Rats, thought Skye, she isn’tfine and now she’s Mick, and who knows what “gormless duffs” means, but it sounds terrible.

Just like that, Skye’s temper was gone, and she didn’t care. For what good was a temper if you couldn’t throw it away when your sister was being kneed in the ribs?…and even the goalkeepers joined the battle, and the referees’ whistles were blowing.. The game was officially declared over, and everyone was sent away in disgrace.

This book is a lot of fun, with other things going on, like Rosalind not realizing that her old friend Tommy really, really likes her. She thinks he is just pond scum. She says to her friend Anna, “l really do hate him,” and Anna says right back, “l really do believe you.” The author, Jeanne Birdsall, can really, really write. This stuff is so good that the reader just eats it up. This is so much fun! So come in and read The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. You’ll wish you lived on Gardam Street, yourself.

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FREE CHILDRENS’ MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOPS WITH INSTRUCTOR/ARTIST “MEADOW” AT THE PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTER… IMAGINARY CLAY ANIMALS: THURSDAY, JULY 11TH @ 1:00 PM & SOCK DOLLS: THURSDAY, JULY 25TH @ 1:00 PM

MEADOW WORKSHOPS

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Summer Poetry Reading THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 AT 7:00 PM

Summer Poetry

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THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK

Woodstock

Meet NICK AND BOBBIE ERCOLINE,

The Iconic Couple on the Cover of the Original Woodstock Album and Our Hometown Neighbors! Hear them tell what it was like to be at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and how this “Universal Event” changed their lives.

PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTER

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019 AT 7:00 PM

Please Call 744-4265 Ext. 2 to Reserve Your Seat.

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DISCOUNT TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY FOR THE SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019 – 2:00 PM PERFORMANCE at

157 Canal Street, Ellenville, NY of

“THE ROOMMATE”

A dark comic tale about two female roommates who find themselves on an exciting exploration to transform their lives completely, even if it requires a turn into dangerous territory…. an “Odd Couple” story that shifts towards “Breaking Bad”! TICKET PRICE: $33 PER PERSON (Center Row Seating) Stop by the PINE BUSH AREA LIBRARY at 223 Maple Avenue, Pine Bush, to purchase tickets or call 744-4265, Ext. 2 for more info on this discounted offer.

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COMMUNITY ROCK PAINTING AT THE PINE BUSH LIBRARY COMMUNITY CENTER ON THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH AT 1:00 PM.

ROCK PAINTING

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Mah Jongg at the Pine Bush Library Community Center, June 15th 10:00 am

MAH JONGG

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June 2019 Pine Bush Library Newsletter and Calendar

June 2019 newsletter

June 2019 calendar

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RAVE REVIEWS by Jean E. Eustance

Rave Reviews by Jean E. Eustance

Agatha Christie is a popular subject for biographies. Who can resist an English author with more than 80 books to her credit?  Also, the woman who invented Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple had a mystery of her very own, the eleven days when she disappeared in 1926.

The newest biography, published in 2018, is by Laura Thompson.  Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life is upstairs in the adult part of the Pine Bush Area Public Library, in the biography section.

It is a long book, turning over all the stones in the mystery writer’s life, and also looking at the books she wrote.  It does go into detail, perhaps a bit too much, in the 485 pages of text.

She was born Agatha Miller in 1890, in Devon, in England.  She grew up and married Archie Christie. Her mother had warned her against him. Agatha began to write mystery stories under her married name. Eventually “A new Agatha Christie” came to mean a new murder mystery.  Her publishers depended each year upon “A Christie for Christmas.” In later years, how she must have hated to have to retain the last name of her ex-husband.

Her first book was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, starring her creation, Hercule Poirot. Agatha and Archie bought an ugly house outside of London, near a golf course, and named their house “Styles” after the name of the house in the book.  She went on and become famous as an author with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Agatha had been very close, emotionally, to her mother, Clara Miller. When Clara became ill, and died, it just about wiped Agatha out. She went to her mother’s house in Devon, to clear out a lifetime of stuff—treasures and junk, and it was torture to get things sorted and thrown, or given away.  Ashfield was the house where she had been happy, and now the center of her life—her mother—was gone, gone, gone.

Into this maelstrom stepped her worthless husband, Archie Christie. He had been neglecting her and their daughter so that he could go play golf in Sunningdale, near London. He strode into her family home, and instead of helping, he announced that he wanted to marry his golf partner, Miss Nancy Neele. The world fell away from underneath Agatha’s feet, and yet Archie could not figure out what the fuss was all about. He thought she should just give him the divorce he wanted.

What followed was the central mystery of Agatha Christie’s life. She disappeared for eleven days, and was later discovered living quietly in the Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate, in Yorkshire. Her husband had been under suspicion of committing murder, and crowds of people had helped search the downs near Newland’s Corner, in Surrey, where her car had been found.  She must have walked or gotten a ride to the train station several miles away. She must have gone to London, and from there to Yorkshire.

No one thought of this near Sunningdale, where Archie and Agatha lived. Down there, it was definitely “The Mysterious Affair near Styles.”

Laura Thompson wrote, “From the first, Deputy Chief Constable Kenward was convinced that Agatha was dead and that her body lay near the site of her car…From quite early on, the newspapers knew what was in Kenward’s mind. They sensed that he was itching to cuff the hands of that arrogant Colonel Christie…it was the possibility of wife-murder that kept the story bubbling so fiercely.”

I have read four biographies of Agatha Christie, and each one has a different “take” on why and how she disappeared. Laura Thompson says that Agatha sent a letter to her brother-in-law, Campbell Christie.  The letter said that she was going to a spa in Yorkshire. Thompson believes that Agatha thought Campbell would tell his brother, and that Archie would come to her in Yorkshire. She wanted to get her husband back from the clutches of Nancy Neele, and thought that this would do it.  It didn’t quite work out. There was a lot of misdirection and false clues and it was as if They Do It With Mirrors.

Agatha was found alive and reasonably well in Harrogate.  She had registered at the hotel under the name Teresa Neele,   using the same last name as her husband’s mistress. Archie whisked Agatha to her sister’s house near Chester, and from there the family issued the bulletin that Agatha Christie was suffering from amnesia.  The press was incensed.  They felt that they had been made a fool of by a woman who wanted free publicity for the mysteries she wrote, by creating a real-life mystery. Agatha was mentally fragile, and did not take kindly to newspaper reporters ever after.

Two years later, Archie got the divorce he had wanted so badly and he married Nancy Neele. Agatha was struggling to write, and having a hard time finishing The Mystery of the Blue Train. She went on a vacation: she was going to the West Indies, when friends told her she must go to Baghdad, and she did. You could say she did what one of her books said, They Came to Baghdad.

She visited the excavations of the ancient city of Ur, where Mr. and Mrs. Wooley were digging up the past.  Mrs. Wooley was a thorny woman who ended up being a main character in Murder in Mesopotamia. (Never rile a mystery writer.  You might end up as the corpse!)

Mr. and Mrs. Wooley invited her to return to Ur, the next year, and she did. Then she met the man who had been missing from the excavation site during the first year: Max Mallowan. He helped her get home, on the Orient Express, when her daughter was seriously ill.

Later Agatha wrote Murder on the Orient Express,   because this would be the ultimate “closed circle” mystery. The killer had to be one of the people on the Calais coach—there was no getting on or off a train stuck in a snow bank.   It couldn’t possibly be—all of them?  Could it?

David Suchet, the actor who portrayed Hercule Poirot on public TV for 25 years, said that Max Mallowan was “the love of her life.” The way he tells it, they enjoyed each other and were wonderfully in love for years and years and years. I am going to agree with David Suchet.

I will not agree with Laura Thompson who says that the marriage was really about companionship, and not about true love. Laura Thompson goes into too much detail, digging in where I certainly do not want to look.

Agatha Christie died at age 86 in 1976, because Death Comes as an End. Laura Thompson should have ended her book directly After the Funeral. I did not need to know that Max Mallowan went on to marry another woman after Agatha’s death. That just felt wrong. That felt like it was a Crooked House.

Agatha Christie:  A Mysterious Life is a huge book, and I found it easier to dodge around in it, reading this part and that, than to slog all the way through it from page 1 to page 485.  It was such a huge book, you might be glad to draw down the Curtain.

 

 

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Why we need libraries!

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May 2019 Pine Bush Library Newsletter and Calendar

May 2019 newsletter

May 2019 calendar

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