The first day of April is “April Fool’s Day”.  Don’t be a fool and disregard the life-saving benefits of social distancing (6’ apart from each other) and all other preventative measures to avoid exposure to the Coronavirus. Let’s start the month off with the determination to defeat the spread of this invisible enemy in our community and beyond! Stay informed via legitimate information. Be aware of scams which are already flooding the internet and telephones. 

REMEMBER: We are all in this together!


Just because you cannot physically visit with your friends and family, it does not mean you can’t visit with them other ways. You can contact them by phone, text, email, Zoom, Skype, Face Time, Instagram, Twitter and many other apps available on the internet. Let them know you are thinking about them. Check on your elderly neighbors to find out if they can get out to purchase what they need or if they need assistance. See below for phone numbers, etc. for help!


Social distancing has been extended to April 30th.

The library will remain closed.

Visit our Free Little Library on the Porch of the Community Room. Free WIFI is available on the Porch, as well!



  • April is “National Poetry Month” …stay tuned for details on an upcoming online event!
  • Your library card can be used for downloadable books and magazines, Rosetta Stone, Consumers Report using LIBBY or OVERDRIVE.  Your pin is the last four digits of the phone number you gave us.
  • No card…No problem. See below.

Go to RCLS.org

Open resources

Go to Resources for patrons

Click on EBooks/Overdrive

Follow instructions – it does require a mobile phone number

  • Apply for a New York Public Library Card & Gain Remote Access

We know the Library is a critical resource for New Yorkers of all ages, which is why we have taken steps to expand access to our online offerings while our branches are temporarily closed.

New York residents can apply for a New York Public Library card through SimplyE to gain access to an array of digital resources, including e-books and audiobooks, as well as databases available from home during our period of closure. Please check the instructions for Android here and for iOS here.

SimplyE is available on the App Store or Google Play.


  • Your reference questions can be directed to the Newburgh reference librarian 24/7 by leaving a message at 845-563- 3628. You can leave a voice mail at the Pine Bush Library by calling 845-744-3375 ex 1. Your call s will be returned.
  • *This would be a good time to complete your Census. It is now more important than ever to be counted. These figures are used for public funding for the next 10 years.

You may want to try some of these free online resources or ideas while you are at home:

Stay informed    It is important to keep informed about current Coronavirus news.


 Book Discussion Groups   You can still connect online.  Everyone might not be reading the samebook, but why not discuss a book that someone might have recently read.  Different people taketurns making recommendations about their choices.

  • Learn a new craft – knitting, embroidery, sewing, woodworking, painting – find instructions on YouTube!
  • Keep a journal, write a poem or a story
  • Read 15-25 minutes a day. Keep a written record of what you read. Bring it to the library when we open. You may just win a prize!
  • Create an invention. Ask your grandparents if they remember their school days when there was an Invention Convention contest?
  • Learn a new language. Use Rosetta Stone or Duolingo.com
  • Create a scavenger hunt for your kids and they won’t even have to leave your property! Ask them to identify birds and wildlife they see, flowers that are blooming, find different colored rocks, etc. Use your imagination and look around your property to add items for them to look for.
  • Check out all the resources on the Pine Bush Area Library’s web page. There is local history, research, Community info, etc. (See the ribbon just under the picture of the Library)
  • Watch movies at home using a streaming site such as:






Amazon Prime Video

For Help During The Covid-19 outbreak

 General Resources

NYS has set up a COVID Mental Health Hotline, staffed by over 6,000 MH professionals, that people can access to get online or by phone therapy to cope with the stress, anxiety, isolation, etc.  1-844-863-9314S

NYS Department of Health COVID Information Line: 888-364-3065

CDC COVID-19 website:


NYS Department of Health COVID website:


 Food Pantry at the New Prospect Reformed Church (intersection of Rte 52 and New Prospect/Pirog Rd.)

Weds. 10 – 12, Thurs. 5 – 7pm

 Town of Crawford Senior Food and Essentials              Free Service and Delivery.

Non-perishable food or hygiene essentials are available

Call 845-745-0503 for more information. Weekdays between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Senior Shopping hours at Pine Bush Hannaford’s:  Tues., Wed., Thurs., 6 AM to 7 AM.

Check out this site for “Safe grocery shopping”


Walgreens Drive Thru in Pine Bush will open at 8 a.m., with the full hour from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. dedicated to senior citizens.  This hour is also available to their caregivers and immediate families may also visit the store during this time.

We are offering additional, select products at the pharmacy drive-thru to offer our customers convenience and peace of mind as communities across the country practice social distancing to fight the spread of COVID-19.

More than 60 front-end products are currently available for purchase at drive-thru, including household essentials chosen specifically to support the needs of customers and communities during the pandemic. These additional products include:

  • Cleaning supplies and sanitizers
  • Cough/cold, pain/fever and immunity support
  • Select grocery items
  • Infant formula/adult nutrition
  • Medical supplies/first aid
  • Paper goods

There are numerous phone numbers and websites that Orange County residents can use to get help during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Orange County Crisis Hotline (useful for food service, mental health, and most other crisis needs): 800-832-1200

Senior food concerns: 845-615-3700

Business concerns: 845-360-0231

Employment concerns: 845-615-3629

Consumer Affairs (price gouging concerns): 845-360-6700

OC Government/Volunteer hotline: 845-291-4000

Orange County COVID-19 hotline (open 9-5): 845-291-2330

Childcare Council: 845-294-4012

Orange County COVID-19 website: https://www.orangecountygov.com/1936/Coronavirus

Coronavirus Information for Ulster County Residents:


Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline: (845) 443-8888

NYS Coronavirus Information Hotline (888) 364-3065

Link to Ulster County Coronavirus Site:


Ulster County’s Project Resilience. To learn more about this program to aid residents affected by COVID-19, to make a donation or to request food assistance visit: https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/project-resilience/

Ulster County Schools Meal Delivery Plans

Ulster Emergency Food Resources

These Are Pine Bush restaurants and convenience stores that have take out or will deliver:

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