Starting Monday, November 21st. Almost 20 baskets to chose from, all proceeds go directly to the Pine Bush Library.

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Be Your Own Best Friend

Some older adults get upset with the thought of being alone and feel more comfortable being with a friend/family every day. There are some who relish the idea of having alone time and are okay doing activities alone occasionally.

When was the last time you took yourself out on a date or traveled by yourself? Self-dates and solo travel can be a powerful tool for learning how to be happy alone. We can’t depend on other people to satisfy all our needs, so we need to learn how to be our own best friend and entertain ourselves. We were never taught to take care of our own needs first and for some it’s very difficult. Happy people who love their own company are fun to be around because they share their joy with others.

In this program, you’ll learn powerful tools to be happy as your own best friend

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The Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley provides support and resources to individuals with memory loss and their families in the seven-county region of the Hudson Valley. Nearly all services are free of charge.

Caregiver Support Groups

They offer a wide variety of caregiver support groups, held virtually both by phone, via Zoom as well as in person. Most are open to any caregiver or loved one of someone with dementia, but some are specifically for young adults, spouses, adult children, etc.

Educational Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of educational programs for the general public as well as several that can help caregivers obtain the knowledge and skills crucial to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

Early-Stage Engagement Programs

Activities can help us create meaningful connections with one another. Especially for people living with dementia and their care providers, research has shown that art, music and other pursuits can have positive effects on stress, anxiety and emotional factors.

For more information you can call 1-800-272-3900 or click the link below.

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November News Letter

The latest edition of our newsletter has been published!!!

Click the link below to if you would like to view it.

If you would like a copy of our newsletter delivered to your inbox twice a month send us an email, send a privet message here on Facebook or sign up in person when you visit the library.

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The Happy Bookers, the first ever book club at the Pine Bush Library celebrated their 20 year anniversary last Tuesday.

Looking good ladies! Here’s to another 20 years!!!!

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The Pine Bush Library will be CLOSED on Veterans Day November 11th. We will reopen Saturday November 12th at out normal time.

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Why Having Fun is the Secret to a Healthier Life

Have you had your daily dose of fun? It’s not just enjoyable, it’s also essential for your health and happiness, says science journalist Catherine Price. She proposes a new definition of fun — what she calls “true fun” — and shares easy, evidence-backed ways to weave playfulness, flow and connection into your everyday life.

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AGENDA for November 9, 2022 Board Meeting

Public Participation

 Approval of Minutes from  October 12,2022

Treasurer’s Report – Matt Watkins

Meeting Room Policy

Director’s Report – Doris Callan




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Pine Bush Area Public Library Board Meeting 10-12-22

Board meeting minutes of October 12, 2022. A regular meeting was held at the Library Community Center at 7 p.m. A quorum was present. 

Trustees present were: S. Tarolli, T. Bardin, P. Eriksen, M. Watkins, G. Britto, S. Curran, J. Russell

Director: Not  Present

Guests: None 

Public Participation: None  

September Minutes –

P. Eriksen – Moved to approve

G. Britto – Seconded

All Ayes

September Minutes Approved 

Treasurers Report

  • M. Watkins reported that bookkeeping has been challenging since our book keeper resigned. 
  • Catching up on back-of-house payroll issues since June. Everyone was paid on time.
  • June quarterly filings were late.
  • We do NOT owe Federal government any money- September report is incorrect
  • Warrants will be ready next month

Accounting Software discussed

  • Current software, SAGE, has become more expensive. 
  • Approximately $2k/ year with a two-year (2023 &2024) commitment. Is it worth the cost?
  • After discussion it was agreed that despite the cost increase SAGE is worth the money. 

Censorship policy presented to the board for discussion by S. Tarolli

P. Eriksen Moved to approve

S. Curran Seconded

All Ayes. 

The policy was adopted.

Director’s Report – Doris Callan left the report for the board to review

  • Board members were reminded that anyone that has not yet completed the Sexual Harassment Prevention training for 2022 must do so
  • Plastics Drive has been a success with first bench almost attained.  D. Callan indicated that she would like to collect for a second bench.

M. Watkins Moved to accept Directors Report

T. Bardin Seconded

All Ayes. 

Directors Report was accepted.

S. Tarolli stated that the board needed to draft a Donation Letter for the upcoming fundraiser

  • M. Watkins suggested focusing on how recent donation maoney was spent
  • S. Tarolli added that Programs we put on should also be included


P. Eriksen asked if the board could discuss our plans to expand/ build a new facility.

Several aspects of the project were discussed, including the proposal to refer to the project as the “Library Program Center” to distinguish it from the towns “Community Center”

Ultimately it was decided to table the issue until a new Library Director could be hired so that they could have input

Motion to Adjourn – 8:05 PM

S. Curran – Motioned to adjourn 

P. Eriksen – Seconded

All Ayes

Meeting was adjourned

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New Day for our Bereavement Group

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3rd Annual Pet Costume Parade

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We cannot express enough appreciation for your response to our plastic recycling program. Between our patrons and community partners we are well on our way to keeping HALF A TON of plastic out of the landfills/oceans in 2022.

Our amazing staff and volunteers have been spending hours every day sorting, weighing and repacking all your donations and they have made a couple of requests that if fulfilled would make their jobs easier. The first one is to please remove any paper labels from your donations. It is a privacy concern, Trex doesn’t want them and about 1/3 of their time is spent cutting them out. The second one is please take a moment to read the last of items we can’t use.

The volunteers and staff of the Pine Bush Library would like to thank you in advance for your time, your donations and your consideration.

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Although the cost of living is 20.5% above the national median, the estimated 3.35 million seniors living in New York pay reasonable prices for groceries and health care, which range from 3.8% to 5.8% above the U.S. averages. The state is home to world-class health care facilities, including the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital, which was ranked seventh in the country by U.S. News & World Report. For seniors requiring help at home, the average cost of home care services ranges from $5,339 to $5,529 per month in New York.

This guide covers the cost of home care in New York and vital financial and social resources for seniors across the state.

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If you are going to be enrolling in Medicare anytime in the next year and have questions or concerns about the process or coverage then this video is for you.

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112 POUNDS!!!!!!!!

We are already up to 112 pounds of plastic collected and over 20% towards our goal of another bench!!!

Thank you to everyone who continues to drop off their plastic. With your help we are confident we can keep 1000 pounds of plastic out of the ocean in 2022.

If you haven’t come by to check out our first bench, we encourage you to swing by. It’s right outside the main entrance to the community center.

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Rave Reviews by Jean E. Eustance

                November 2022.

This November marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb.  On November 26, 1922, Howard Carter opened the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.  

Pine Bush Area Public Library has a lot of non-fiction books about Ancient Egypt in the Children’s Department. The one I like the best is Ghosts of the Nile by Cheryl Harness. The fictional part of the story is simple enough. Zachary, and his Mom and Dad, are taking Great Aunt Allie to see the Egyptian Exhibit, (complete with mummies) at the museum.  When Great Aunt Allie was much younger, she had visited Egypt often.  She has a scarab jewel which she always wears.  She says, “If only I could see Egypt as it once was! That would be my fondest wish come true!”

With a set-up like that, you know what will happen.  Aunt Allie sneaks into the Staff Only office and finds the mummy of a cat, which is magically tied to the scarab jewel, an amulet, which Aunt Allie has worn for years.  Zachary thinks he must follow her, and they are both transported to Ancient Egypt.  A talking cat named Khi leads him from place to place, and then they meet up with Aunt Allie, who is sailing on the River Nile in a boat. Zachary had seen the priests working on a mummy.  Aunt Allie says, “Come aboard, dear boy. Enough of dried-up death! Come see the river of life.” They see village life, they see a school for scribes, and then it is nearly nighttime. Will our two fearless travelers get home?  Or will Great Aunt Allie stay in Ancient Egypt forever, because she loves it so?

What makes this book better than all the others, in my view, is all the information with pictures that are alongside the main action. This is why it is in the non-fiction area. How to build a pyramid in twelve easy steps.  Stone columns covered with pictures of the Egyptian gods. Pictures of mummies, including animal mummies, dedicated to certain gods.  There is a time line along the bottom of pages and pages of the book. The different dynasties and kingdoms are all listed, with a few pictures of the pharaohs and their queens.  At the end, Zachary and his great aunt see Cleopatra the Seventh, who is the Queen of the Nile that we all know.  

 The last pages cover Egyptian medicine, the calendar that they invented, and how modern people discovered Ancient Egypt’s temples and tombs. Howard Carter finding King Tut’s tomb is there at the end of this terrific book, Ghosts of the Nile. Read it, and be transported back to Ancient Egypt.  You’ll feel as if you’ve really been there.

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