Author: Ellen

Coding for Kids

We miss our Kids Coding Club!

If you’ve got a kid who loves video games, robots, computers, and/or technology, coding may be a natural fit. There are a lot of web sites and apps that will help you and your child learn more about computational thinking and a wide variety of coding languages. Check out some of our favorites on our new resource guide, Coding for Kids.

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All By Myself

We are getting ready for back to school with book lists!

If your child is ready to start reading by themselves, but is still a little overwhelmed by tons of text, try one of these great books that ease the transition from picture books to chapter books!

Be sure to check out that porcine wonder, Mercy Watson!

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If You Like Dog Man…

Do you (or your kid) love the Dog Man series? Really what’s not to love about the adventures of this half dog/half man policeman.

While you wait for the newest installment (due out September 1st!), why not try one of the series we recommend in out new book list, If You Like Dog Man… This list contains graphic novels and chapter books that offer plenty of laughs!

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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

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 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.

Other Financial Assistance

The Federal CARES Act moratorium on evictions expired on July 25, 2020, however Governor Wolf extended the Pennsylvania ban until August 31, 2020.

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.

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.

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

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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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Ancestry.com

Normally, Ancestry.com 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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2020 Fifty Book Challenge

Read 50 books* in 2020 and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card to a local business! 

Get your reading log today!

*Eligible books include all adult non-fiction and fiction books, graphic novels, and young adult books. Magazines,        newspapers, and children’s books do not qualify.

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Fine Free!

As of January 1, 2020, Bayne Library will no longer be charging fines on overdue items.

Learn more about this initiative.

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