April Classics Book Club-The Mayor of Casterbridge

Join us April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. when we discuss The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.

Mayor of Casterbridge

A cruel joke at a country fair goes too far when a drunken laborer auctions off his wife and child to the highest bidder. So begins The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy’s gripping tale of a man’s rise and fall amid the natural beauty and human brutality of a rural English community.  First published serially in 1886, the novel was praised by critics for its realism and poetic style…Rich in descriptive powers and steeped in irony, this timeless tale offers a spellbinding portrayal of ambition, rivalry, revenge, and repentance.

Ask at the desk or email baynelibrary@einetwork.net to reserve a copy of this classic. And be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming discussions:
5/28/19–Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

6/25/19–In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Northgate Battle of the Books!

Do you have what it takes to represent your town in the Inaugural Northgate Battle of the Books hosted by Bayne Library, Friday June 21st at 6:00 p.m.?

One team from Bellevue and one team from Avalon will answer trivia questions about four books to see who will rise from the ashes and who will go down in flames! 

Battle Books include:

  • Who is Malala Yousafzai? by Dinah Brown
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  • Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Interested?  If you are age 11-14 come to a team meeting to learn more!  You don’t have to attend Northgate!

  • Team Bellevue, Monday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at Bayne Library
  • Team Avalon, Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Avalon Library

Got questions?  Email us at baynelibrary@einetwork.net!

Book Club for Kids – April 29

Kids ages 9 to 12 are invited to join us on Monday, April 29th @ 5:30 p.m. for this fun book group. Our next book is: Lemons by Melissa Savage

The search for Bigfoot gets juicy in this funny and touching story.

Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California–the Bigfoot Capital of the World–where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never met after her mother passes away.

Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined. And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.    -Booklist Review

Friends of Bayne Library

The next Friends of Bayne Library meeting will be Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m.


What are Friends for?

  • They lead fundraising efforts like book sales and donation drives
  • They provide input on events and programming
  • They use their unique skills to volunteer
  • They promote the library and library events in the community

Great Friends make great libraries!

Wednesday 101–Vinaigrettes

Join us on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for an introduction to a new to you topic.

Wed 101
Wednesday April 24, 2019,  6:30-7:30 p.m., Vinaigrettes

Learn a basic ratio and discover how to make delicious salad dressings at home! In this class we’ll learn how to make a basic vinaigrette using the 3 to 1 ratio, discuss oil and acid choices, and explore more ways to add flavor.


And save the date for these upcoming Wednesday 101’s:
5/29/19: Take a Hike!

Call 412-766-7447 or email baynelibrary@einetwork.net to register, space is limited!

April Storytimes

April 4  –  Owl Stories

April 11 –  Celebrate Library Week

April 18  –  Easter Bunny Tales with special guest!     

April 25 –   Community Helpers


Join us each Thursday @ 11:00 a.m. for stories, songs, a simple craft and fun galore. Children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by an adult caregiver.


April Book Discussion–Small Great Things

Join us Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:30 am when we discuss Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ask at the front desk for a copy of this thought provoking novel or email us at baynelibrary@einetwork.net to reserve your copy. And be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming book discussions:
5/14/19–Straight Man by Richard Russo
6/11/19–Educated by Tara Westover

Sensory Play Time – Saturday, April 20th

Children ages 1 to 3 are invited to join us Saturday, April 20th  from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  for Sensory Play Time. Sensory play encourages the development of fine motor skills, social skills, language skills and is just plain fun!

We will be set up for a full hour – stay as little or long as you wish.

Have you tried Libby?

Libby offers users access to thousand of ebooks and audiobooks. All you need is a Library card and a supported device to get started. And if that weren’t enough to entice you, Libby is now encouraging patrons to enter their “Listen and Move Challenge!” Just tag the library on social media with the name of each audiobook you complete while working out and include #listen&movechallenge. Participants will be added to a monthly drawing for prizes!

So get downloading and get moving with Libby! And don’t hesitate to ask at the desk if you have questions!

Be A Smart Cookie – READ

Kids ages 1 to 12 are invited to sign up to read either 50 Bayne Library picture books, or, for older kids, 10 Bayne Library chapter books. Those who finish will receive a  certificate for a free cookie from  Good L’oven Cookie Shop. This program runs from March 1 – May 31st.  Stop by the front desk for your reading log today!



Thank you to our generous sponsor: Good L’oven Cookie Shop!

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