Visiting the Library

When visiting the Library please observe the following guidelines:

  • Masks are mandatory while visiting the Library
  • Hands must be sanitized before entering
  • Social distances must be maintained
  • Computer usage is limited to one hour on a first come first basis
  • All items must be returned to the book drop
  • No donations will be accepted

Please note all seating has been removed. Our hours and services are limited and are subject to change.

Brrrrr – It’s Cold Outside

Polar bear craft

Before you know it, our winter themed storybooks will go into hibernation in the attic. Why not stop by Bayne Library to pick up a few to read on a cozy winter evening. While you’re here, be sure to grab our newest Take and Make for Little Hands and create your own polar bear scene.

Screen Free Challenge, Week 8

Week 8, 2/19/21-2/26/21: Listen to Music

When was the last time you listened to music? In the car? While you were cleaning? Maybe while you were scrolling through apps on your phone?

This week we are challenging you to just listen to music–not while you are doing something else, but as its own activity. This is called deep listening and it is surprisingly rewarding. Get your favorite album, turn off your phone, find a comfy chair, maybe a glass of wine, and just listen. Bonus points if you listen to vinyl.

Learn more:

Each week we’ll post an activity, task, or idea for something you can do that is screen-free. No phones, no tablets, no computers, no TV.

Last Week: Random Act of Kindness

Next Week: Clean out the junk drawer

Cross Stitch Kit

Looking for something to do that doesn’t involve a screen? Why not try an old school craft with one of Bayne Library Take and Make Kits!

Learn the fine art of cross stitch thanks to the Friends of Bayne Library. Find a kit downstairs and use the included pattern, floss, needle and more to make this charming little heart!

And if you have little people who want to get in on the fun, be sure to check the Juvenile Room and the Picture Book Room for more crafts for little people.

Origami Sampler

Try the ancient art of Japanese paper folding or origami with our new Kid’s Take and Make kit!

Try your hand at a heart, a butterfly, and a paper airplane! If you need extra help or you want to try more origami, check out Art For Kids Hub’s amazing step-by-step videos and be sure to check out Art Resources for Kids to learn even more!

Pick up your kit in the Juvenile room and be sure to check the Picture Book Room for additional kids crafts for your little friends! And have tried your hand at our Cross Stitch kit available in the Computer Room?

Celebrating Black History – This Month and Everyday

Cover of I Have A Dream

During the month of February, Bayne Library is celebrating Black History Month. Visit our display for adults on the first floor for books by black authors and books and movies focusing on social justice. Also visit our Racial Justice resource guide for more information about the movement.

Our children’s area has a great selection of titles about civil rights leaders, groundbreaking African American athletes, musicians, and artists. Visit our Black History for Kids book list for some of our favorites.

As important as Black History Month is, it is equally important to us that our general collection reflects the diversity of our nation and our neighborhoods. It is a wonderful and powerful moment when a child sees their own face reflected in their favorite everyday storybooks. Visit our list of favorite Children’s Picture Books with Diverse Characters.

Winter Fun!

Celebrate the season with the Allegheny County Library Association and play Winter Bingo!

And don’t forget to get in the spirit with one of our favorite Picture Books About Winter!

Art Historical Fiction

Artists are notorious for being temperamental, passionate, and fascinating so naturally, they make great subjects for historical fiction.

Try one of these picks from our new booklist, Art Historical Fiction, to learn more about these artists and their times.

2021 Winter Reading Challenge

Libraries across Allegheny County are inviting everyone to join the Winter Reading Challenge 2021 from January 1 – February 28, 2021

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and challenge yourself to read some good books during the cold of winter. Log books, minutes, pages or days read and watch your points add up. All reading counts. All participants will have a chance to win one of 10 gift cards worth $25.

Register with Beanstack today and be sure to mark Andrew Bayne Memorial Library as your home library!

Any rewards earned need to be picked up in-person or will be mailed locally.

Email or call us at 412-766-7447 with questions!

Interactive Timeline and Bayne Family Tree

Learn more about the history of Bayne Library and the Bayne family by exploring the interactive Bayne Library Timeline in conjunction with the previously released Bayne Family Tree. Delve into information through newspaper articles, photographs, and documents for a glimpse into an earlier time. What will you discover about the Bayne family and the history of Andrew Bayne Memorial Library?

There’s even more to explore on our website: The Architecture of Bayne Library, Trees of Bayne Park, War Memorials of Bayne Park, and an interactive Map of Bayne Park for self-guided tours of the trees and war memorials.

Need Help?

We will continue to update this list as new information and opportunities become available.

Find Assistance

Create a profile with Single Stop and get updates on resources available to you. It covers everything from food, to housing, to medical care.

The United Way’s 211 line is an amazing resource at any time. All calls are confidential and offer professionally trained representatives who can help you access social services in your area.

Your Health

The Center for Disease Control has put together a COVID Self Checker to help assess your symptoms and provide strategies for how to deal with them. A map of testing locations in the county is available here.

If you lost your health insurance or are struggling to cover your premiums, the Marketplace has options to keep you covered. You may also qualify for Medicaid. Children may be eligible for CHIP.

PACE is now offering early prescription refills to its program participants. Many pharmacies are also offering at home delivery of prescriptions.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741


If you lost your job or have been furloughed, be sure to file for unemployment. Although the supplemental $600 unemployment benefit has expired, any one who is owed benefits from the period during which the supplement was available will still receive these funds.

If you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or work in the gig economy you are also eligible for Unemployment benefits through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

PA Unemployment now offers a Live Chat feature if you have questions about benefits or need assistance filing your claim. Please be advised that due to increased demand lines are very busy and the office is running two to three weeks behind.


Allegheny County has put together a regularly updated Free Food Distribution Site map.

The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank is offering home delivery for people who cannot leave their home. For information on scheduling a delivery, call 412-460-3663, ext. 655, or visit

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps Pennsylvanians buy food. Get more information about getting the ACCESS card.

Northgate School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision this year which allows all students in the district to receive free breakfast and free lunch. Learn more.

Get help with diapers through the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank.


Trying Together has partnered with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to provide information on finding child care. Help is also available by calling Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 at 412-350-3577


Allegheny Link is encouraging those in need of housing services and supports to call them at 866-730-2368 or contact them via email 


The Port Authority of Allegheny County returned to taking fares and allowing use of the front doors when we entered the green phase. However, bus capacities are still limited some routes are running reduced schedules.


Staying connected in quarantine increasingly means being online. If you do not have Internet at home, you may qualify for free or discounted service through Internet Essentials.

Job Hunting

If you file for unemployment, you’ll need to set up an account with PA Career Link, however they have waived the application requirement at this time.

If you are still looking, the easiest way to find local jobs is to type “Jobs near me” into a Google search. If your location services are on, this will scour the web for job listings in your area.

If you are in a low risk group, many of the essential services are hiring. Check your local grocery stores, pharmacy, dollar stores, and big box stores. Think Giant Eagle, CVS, Dollar General, and Target. If you have an automobile, delivery services like UberEats and InstaCart are always looking. And of course, Amazon!

Stay Informed

Governor Wolf’s web site is informative and regularly updated with statewide plans for responding to COVID-19.

The Allegheny County Health Department has up to date information for our area.

Get more information about Northgate School District’s response to COVID-19

Got a resource you think we missed? Let us know at

Last updated 12/16/2020 by Ellen

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