Welcome Back!

Bayne Library is open! Help us ensure the health and safety of our community by:

  • Wearing a mask while visiting the Library
  • Sanitizing your hands before entering
  • Maintaining safe social distances
  • Limiting your computer time
  • Returning all items to our book drop
  • Saving your donations for another time

Please note all seating has been removed. Please restrict your visit to pick-ups, browsing, and limited computer usage. Only 25 people will be allowed in the building at a time.

Our hours are limited and are subject to change. If you can not access the library during these hours, please let us know. We may be able to deliver materials to your home.


Poetry moves beyond patterns of rhythm and sound when words are woven together to be unraveled within the readers heart. We hope our newest book list will inspire you seek out poetry and perhaps even begin writing your own.

Be sure to visit our Lists page for more reading suggestions and resource guides.

New Hours starting 10/5/20

Our hours are changing! Starting the week of October 5th, we will no longer be open Monday nights. We are moving our evening hours to Wednesdays!

Our new hours will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2p.m.

We will still be closed Fridays and Sundays.

Need Help?

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

Your Health

The Center for Disease Control has put together a Self Checker to help assess your symptoms and provide strategies for how to deal with them. The Allegheny Health Department is also offering free testing.

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.

Food Assistance

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

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.

Other Financial Assistance

If you did not file a tax return and have children, you are still eligible for the $500 Economic Impact Payment. Use the Non-Filers tool by September 30 to receive the $500 catch-up payment. For information about qualifying children, see the Economic Impact Payment Information Center.

Federal Student Loans have automatically been placed in forebearance until 9/30/20.

Get help with diapers through the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank.

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.


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.

Get more information about Northgate School District’s reopening plans

Got a resource you think we missed? Let us know at baynelibrary@einetwork.net

Last updated 7/29/2020 by Ellen

Computer Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Check out our new list of Computer Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts. These tips will help make your computer use more efficient and fun!

And be sure to visit our Book Lists and Resource Guides for more help exploring new topics!

Eighteenth Virtual Installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park

The Callery Pear tree cultivar ‘Bradford’ went from being universally beloved to reviled. We hope you enjoy our latest installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park revealing how sentiments toward the tree dramatically changed overtime!

Learn more about all the Trees of Bayne Park and explore our Interactive Bayne Park Tree Map to see the locations, photographs, and names of over a dozen different species of trees.

Love Your Library – One Mom’s Journey

September is Love Your Library month and while we encourage and appreciate your monetary donations, it is equally as enriching to have a patron share their library story. Laura Zimmerman, library patron and mother of Evie (6), Renna (4), and Micah (3), recently shared her thoughts on reading as a family:

Cover: The Read Aloud Family

“Last year, I read The Read-Aloud Family: Making Lasting and Meaningful Connections with your Family by Sarah Mackenzie, and it transformed the way I viewed reading with my kids. Instead of randomly picking books off the library shelf (though we have found gems that way too!), I started being more thoughtful about the kind of books we read, noticing authors and illustrators more, and using the extensive Pittsburgh library system to request more book titles. Bringing new books home from the library is always a great day in our house!

Click here for Laura’s Age of Wonder Picture Books.


September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day. To celebrate we’ve put together this guide to help you choose your own voting adventure

Step 1. Are you registered?

In order to vote you must be registered, make sure you are registered to vote!

Cool! I’m registered! Proceed to Step 3.
Oh no! I’m not registered! Proceed to Step 2.

Step 2. Get registered!

Get registered by 10/19/20. If you need assistance you can call 1.877.VOTESPA

Step 3: Figure out how you will vote

I want to vote by mail! Proceed to Step 4
I want to vote in person! Proceed to Step 5

Step 4: Vote by mail

I want to vote by mail! Mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the November 3, 2020, general election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Proceed to Step 6

Step 5: Vote in person

I want to vote in person! Find your polling place.

Proceed to Step 6

Step 6: Get Informed!

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh has launched their Voter Resources website, with info-graphics, tutorial pdf’s, digital lessons, student handouts, videos and more.

Step 7: Get Involved

You can apply to be a Poll Worker and find more information on the Allegheny County poll workers page. You can find a Poll Worker Recruitment Toolkit from VotesPA here.


If you’re looking for tree resources, you’re barking up the right tree, check out our list of Treesources!

While you are exploring all things tree, visit Bayne Library’s Pinterest Tree Crafts and Activities Board and Tree Learning Board. And don’t forget to visit the Trees of Bayne Park and our Interactive Tree Map to learn more about over a dozen varieties of trees right here in the heart of Bellevue!

Love Your Library

September is Love Your Library Month! 


Thanks to the generous support of the Jack Buncher Foundation, donations made to Bayne Library during September are eligible for a pro-rated match!  Maximize your support and give today!  

Seventeenth Virtual Installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park

Our Sweet Cherry tree, scientifically known as Prunus avium, is located at the edge of Bayne Park along North Balph Avenue near the flag pole. Learn more about this tree in our latest installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park.

Learn more about all the Trees of Bayne Park and explore our Interactive Bayne Park Tree Map to see the locations, photographs, and names of over a dozen different species of trees.

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