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2021 Screen Free Challenge–Week 4

Week 4, 1/22/21-1/28/21: Set the table

2020 changed the way we eat. We ate at home, we rediscovered take-out, and we were reminded of the comfort of a good meal. In 2021 we challenge you to take this new approach to dining a step further and set the table for a meal.

Whether it be take-out for one or a home cooked family meal, a properly set table elevates a meal, reminds us to use proper manners, and encourages us to savor our food. In addition, daily chores (like setting the table) are great ways to practice mindfulness, or focused attention to a simple task. Mindfulness helps counteract the effects of screen time and overstimulation. In other words, setting the table gives your brain a break!

So pick a meal, clear off a table (or counter or cardboard box), and take the time to set the table. (Need help knowing what goes where–check out the guides below) If you have fancy silver or china hidden away in a closet, now is the time to use it. Tablecloths, placemats, and cloth napkins add color and style. And of course, bonus points if you tablescape!

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: Do a jigsaw puzzle

Next Week: Try cross-stitch

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 baynelibrary@einetwork.net or call us at 412-766-7447 with questions!

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

Unemployment

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

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 www.pittsburghfoodbank.org

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.

Childcare

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

Housing

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

Transportation

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.

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 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 baynelibrary@einetwork.net

Last updated 12/16/2020 by Ellen

Temporary Hours

The Library will have limited hours for holds pick-up until further notice.

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you cannot visit the Library during these times, please call or email.  We are happy to arrange delivery or a scheduled pick-up!

Visiting the Library

On November 18, 2020, the Allegheny County Health Department issued an Official Advisory to Stay-at-Home to Stop Social Gatherings. Bayne Library will remain open for holds pick-up only. If you would prefer contactless pick-up, please call us at 412-766-7447 and we will arrange delivery or porch pick-up.

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
  • All items must be returned to the book drop
  • No donations will be accepted.

Please note all seating has been removed. Computers are unavailable at this time. Printing is available for pick-up using our wireless printing service. Our hours and services are limited and are subject to change.

Udemy

Whether you are already a tech savvy computer user looking to level-up, a professional refining your skills, or a hobbyist exploring new skills, you need to check out Udemy.

Udemy offers video-based, online courses on a wide array of business skills, computer software, and data management. Topics include everything from Google SketchUp, to Microsoft Excel, to active listening.

Please note: you will need a Google or Microsoft account to register.

Looking for more computer training, check out our resource guide!

Authors Who Also Write Comic Books

The other day I binge-read Rainbow Rowell’s run on the Runaways in one night (Thank you Hoopla!) and it got me thinking about other authors who have moonlighted writing comics. Check out some of my favorites on our newest book list!

NoBo Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook? Do you like to read cookbooks? Do you like talking to other people that like these things? Well then join the NoBo Cookbook Club!

Our November cookbook is Cravings; Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen.

Even the most celebrity-cookbook-skeptical reader will find it hard not to enjoy this tome from supermodel Chrissy Teigen. With self-deprecating wit and down-to-earth charm, Teigen posits herself as an enthusiastic home cook and passionate eater. —Publisher’s Weekly

During November we’ll post photos, thoughts, tweaks, and reviews of recipes in this cookbook. Both Andrew Bayne Memorial Library and Avalon Library will have copies of the cookbook available, and they will also happily order more for you!

You have to make dinner anyway! Join the NoBo Cookbook Club today!

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