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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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You are not alone! We’ve put together a resource list to help you in this stressful time.

Unemployment Benefits

Make sure you file for unemployment. Federal CARES has expanded benefits to self-employed, gig workers and greatly expanded benefits. PA Unemployment now offers a Live Chat feature if you have questions about benefits or need assistance filing your claim.

Need Help?

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.

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

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.

Job Hunting

If you file for unemployment, you’ll need to set up an account with PA Career Link. They will help you look for new jobs, polish your resume, and find job training.

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!

Job Training

Now is great time to explore Job Training whether it be expanding your current skill set or learning something new.

Applied Digital Skills with Google uses video tutorials to teach users how to use the Google products like gmail, Google calendar, and Drive. They also offers sessions on cover letters, resumes, and professional branding.

Auto Repair Source and Small Engine Repair Reference Center provide guides, routine maintenance tips, and detailed assembly instructions for an extensive list of automobile and other small engines. These resources are brought to you by Power Library!

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

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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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Needles & Hooks–Virtually!

We won’t let COVID-19 stop the crafting. Join us Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. until we reopen for Needles and Hooks, virtually!

To join, just visit

Meeting ID: 404 353 470

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It can be hard to concentrate right now so books may be too much for you. Why not try a magazine! Stay up to date on the latest news, explore long form journalism, get ideas for house projects, or escape to exotic places. Flipster is sure to have a magazine to interest you!

Get started using Flipster. Just sign in using the barcode number on your library card!

Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get immediate access to our digital resources! Just visit the catalog and click on the “Log in or Register” link in the upper right hand corner.

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Storytime At Home!

Are you missing storytime? We are too. Why not try and hold your own.

  • Ask your children to search for a book you have at home that they would like to present for storytime.
  • Have then gather an audience:  stuffed animals, cooperative pets, and other family members.
  • If your child is old enough to read the story aloud let them. If they are too young to read you can help them co-present by reading aloud or helping them by reading aloud and having them repeat what you just said.
  • Have your child hold the book so they can see it while reading, but have them walk around to show the page to each member their audience before they turn to the next page. 
  • Encourage funny voices, making sound effects, counting, pointing out colors, talking about what is happening on a page, and movement to act out the story.
  • If you have multiple kids, give each kid a chance to read a book in the storytime session.  Have older children read to younger children.
  • If this activity is enjoyable, you could repeat it each week with different books from your home or from digital access.

Extension activities:

  • Think of a theme and read multiple books about that theme.
  • Sing a song you know that makes sense with the story you just read. You can even adapt a song or make up a new song.
  • Can you think of a craft you can do using resources within your home that pertains to the topic of the book? Check our Pinterest boards for ideas!
  • Use special voices to pretend to be audience members (stuffed animals, pets) and have them ask questions after the reading for your child to give responses.
  • Visit the Author’s and Illustrator’s webpage to learn more about them and other books on which they have worked.

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Nature Activities

As long as you maintain social distancing, you can still get outside and enjoy all the magic that nature has to offer!

Visit our Pinterest Board of Nature Activities and Crafts and check out some of our favorite ways to celebrate being outside!

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Normally, is only available for in-library use only; however, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. This will be available until April 30th.

Click here and enter your library card number and pin*. Just click “Begin Searching” to learn more about your family history! Use the “Learning Center” to get help with your search.

*If you don’t have a PIN (or forgot it), get a new PIN number through the online catalog by clicking Log In or Register. Then click, “I Forgot or want to change my PIN.”

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Baby Lapsit

We are working behind the scenes to create Pinterest boards of our favorite resources. Up first, Baby Lapsit!

Baby Reading

Entertaining babies can be harder than it looks. There are lots of activities recommended online, but which are the best? Our Baby Lapsit board features some of our favorite round-ups of songs, fingerplays, and bounces from our go-to resources.

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Escape to Another World

Between the news and social distancing, now is the perfect time to dig into a fantasy series!  These titles will take you beyond Harry Potter and Game of Thrones and into another world.

The Broken Earth Series by N.K. Jemisin
It’s the end of the world.  Again and again and again.  If you love powerful world building be sure to grab the first book, The Fifth Season.

The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty
City of Brass
, the first book in the series, is surprising, harrowing, and will immerse you in Middle Eastern myths and magic.

Dragonlance, Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
You can practically hear the 20 sided die rolling as you read this series and its first installment, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Legacy of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi
The Children of Blood and Bone, the series’ first book was a stand out in 2018 and its sequel, The Children of Virtue and Vengeance did not disappoint.  The audiobooks are wonderfully evocative of the African inspired mythology.

The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown
Cinematic in style with bold characters, Red Rising is a complex, political, thriller set among the moons of Jupiter, Mars, and Venus.

Southern Vampires by Charlaine Harris
Sexy vampires take center stage in this campy series that focuses on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse beginning with Dead Until Dark

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