Author: Diane

DIY Storytime at Home – Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is almost here. This year has brought many challenges, but we can still take time to be grateful for our many blessings. While we miss our youngest patrons and the happy sounds that have always accompanied storytime at Bayne Library, we are grateful to have a chance to touch your lives through books, and we’d like to offer you some resources for your own at home Thanksgiving storytime. We have crafts, activity sheets and great books to make your holiday extra special. Stop by today.

Happy Thanksgiving from Bayne Library!

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November Bingo

November bingo card

It’s November (really, it is, we checked the calendar). Why not take a walk through Bayne Park while the weather is nice and stop by the library for some great books! While you’re at it, pick up a November Bingo Card sponsored by Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) or click here to download a copy. Submit a paper copy to Bayne Library or scan/take a picture and email to by 11/30/20. Four winners will receive a $100 gift card to Spark Books. Check out the ACLA Youth Services Facebook page for posts related to this game board.

We had an October Bingo winner from Bayne Library. Congratulations to Mary Clare!

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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.

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Talking With Kids

Unsure of how to talk to your kids about what’s going on with the COVID19 pandemic? If you’re looking for some answers, PBS for Parents is ready to help.

Mother and child washing hands

This site is a great resource for tips on how to talk to your kids on an age appropriate level about the current situation, while offering reassurance and guidance on how they can do their part to keep themselves and their family safe. Involving children on a level they can understand and engage in, is an important step in managing stress.

In addition, the site offers timely advice on how to manage and make the most of your child’s screen time, how to support children on the autism spectrum, and tips for parents who are new to home schooling. Self care for parents, an important topic, is also highlighted.

Of course, the kids will enjoy the links to their favorite PBS shows, downloadable activity sheets and games. There are art, science, and math activities to explore. You can even filter content by ages two to eight years old.

As the beloved Mister Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” Thanks PBS.

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