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2020 Summer Concert Series

Due to continuing limitations on social gatherings and spikes in COVID-19 cases, we are cancelling the rest of the 2020 Summer Concert Series.

Outdoor Chairs

We would like to extend our thanks to the bands for bringing live music to the porch, to Borough Council for continuing to support this event, and to the Borough residents for their interest in live music. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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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.

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Lists

We rounded up all our book lists and resource guides and moved them to one easy to find page. Let us recommend something!

Got a list you’d like to see? Email us baynelibrary@einetwork.net or reach out to us on social media!

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Imagine Your Story At Bayne Library

It’s summer, so that means it’s time for Summer Reading! This year we are going virtual.

Join our online all ages Summer Reading program by visiting carnegielibrary.beanstack.org. Set-up an Individual or Family account and then add your readers! Once your account is registered select Imagine Your Story at Bayne Library as your summer challenge. There is also an app you can download to make tracking a snap. Just search for the Beanstack Tracker in your app store.

Once you enter, you can earn raffle tickets that you can use for a chance to win a gift card to one of our favorite Bellevue businesses:

Earn raffle tickets by telling us your favorite book you read during the week or participating in a fun activity that is suitable for ages 0-100!

A huge thank you goes to the Friends of Bayne Library for sponsoring our Summer Reading Program and supporting our local businesses! We would also like to thank the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for making this virtual program possible.

Want even more summer fun? Be sure to check out aclasummerreading.org starting June 15th for activities, games and more with some of our favorite Allegheny Regional Asset District partners!

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TumbleMath

We all know the importance of reading to our children before bed to encourage strong reading skills, but how can we help them with their math skills?

Why not try a math story? Tumblemath features eBooks that explore elementary math concepts from counting, to fractions, to time and temperature. Its a great way to reinforce what they are learning in school in a new and different way!

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Post-Gazette Archives

Google News has digital archives of 1,000’s of old community newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

With issues dating from 1916 through 2007, this is a fun collection to browse or search. A quick search for “Bayne Library” found this little tidbit from July 26, 1944!

Searching can be overwhelming. Here are couple tips:

  • Use quotes to search for exact phrases like names. For example: “Andrew Bayne”
  • Use OR to search for two things at once like maiden names. For example, “Mary Williams” OR “Mary McMasters”
  • You can limit to a range of dates with the date bar. This may be an easier way to search for a specific article or obituary if you have an approximate date.
  • Be patient. The search can be tricky and may return lots of false leads!
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Wednesday 101–Computer Skills

Computer Skills

Whether you can barely use the Internet or you are a programmer, there are free online tutorials to help you. Here are some of our favorites to get you started. Check our Online Learning Pinterest board for more!

GCFLearnFree.org part of the Goodwill Community Foundation, starts with the basics. Offering online videos explaining everything from reading to basic math and personal finance to email, this is a great starting point for people new to computers or those looking to grow basic skills.

Grow With Google offers online video tutorials for using the Google Suite of products. Gmail, Google Drive, Sheets, etc. The Applied Digital Skills Tutorials teaches users the nuts and bolts of these apps while students perform practical tasks like sending and receiving email, building a resume, and making a budget. Tutorials are available for both adult and middle/high school learners.

Got the basics mastered, Grow With Google also offers G Suite certification lessons, as well basic coding and machine learning.

You will need a google account (they are free!) to begin.

Microsoft offers free online training on their products as well. The Office 365 Training Center utilizes short videos to teach users the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. The Cheat Sheets are definitely worth a look even for advanced users!

Geared to IT professionals, or those looking to become one, Microsoft also offers online training for their Azure, Microsoft 365, and Power Platform products. Classes are free but certification testing is paid.

Formerly known as Lynda, LinkedIn Learning offers training on everything from the basic to the advanced and includes everything from productivity skills, computer lingo, and software tips. LinkedIn Learning is free for the first month and you will need a LinkedIn account to sign in.

SkillShare is an online learning platform that offers free classes for two months. Featuring member submitted videos, topics range from the creative to analytical. Skillshare also offers a number of always free classes including lessons on a variety of social media platforms, productivity apps, and other computer applications. The site can be tricky to navigate, so be sure to try the search if you are looking for something specific.

If you are looking for something specific and you are patient and willing to sort a lot of results you can’t go wrong with a basic YouTube search. Once you find a creator you like you can subscribe to their channel and see more by them to broaden your skills.

Got a resource to recommend, email us baynelibrary @ einetwork.net!

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Need Help?

We’ve updated our resource list to help you in this stressful time.

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. Both UPMC and the Allegheny Health Network are offering video visits and most insurance providers have waived copays for COVID-19 related costs.

If you lost your health insurance or are struggling to cover your premiums, the Marketplace has options to keep you covered.

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

Unemployment

If you lost your job or have been furloughed, be sure to file for unemployment.

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.

Food Assistance

The Bellevue Farmer’s Market is offering meal delivery to residents within a 3-mile radius from the center of Bellevue. Dates and times vary, so check their Facebook to learn more.

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

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Apply to the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Other Financial Assistance

The Federal CARES Act has put strict limits on who can be evicted at this time. Learn more.

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

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.

Internet

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 store, pharmacy, dollar stores, and big box store. 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

The Bellevue Borough Police Department is using the CrimeWatch site to inform residents of the latest closures, mandates, and news. Be sure to subscribe to get alerts in your inbox.

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

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

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Hoopla!

Hoopla is another great way to get downloadable content using your Library card.

With Hoopla you have access to 15 titles per month. These can be TV shows, songs, eBooks, or Audiobooks. There are titles for every age group, including some great kids programming! The best part is there are no waitlists! If the item is listed, it is available.

Don’t have a Library card? Just click here to get started!

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CryptoClub

Got a kid who loves ciphers and coding? Well then check out CryptoClub!

This awesome resource is full tools, challenges, games, and even comics that introduce kids to ciphers. Many are tough enough to keep parents engaged as well!

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