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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 or call us at 412-766-7447 with questions!

Ripples of Inspiration

In our latest post Ripples of Inspiration, take a jaunt through history to reveal some clues about people and events that may have influenced sisters Amanda and Jane to dream of leaving the Balph residence to Bellevue Borough to become Andrew Bayne Memorial Library.

We also invite you to explore the interactive Bayne Library Timeline and Bayne Family Tree to about the Baynes and the history of the Library.

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.

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!


Poetry moves beyond patterns of rhythm and sound when words are woven together to be unraveled within the readers heart. We hope our newest book list will inspire you seek out poetry and perhaps even begin writing your own.

Be sure to visit our Lists page for more reading suggestions and resource guides.

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.


There are so many motivational books about walking, Check out our newest book list to get started. We even included four local guide books to inspire you!

Be sure to visit our Lists page for more reading suggestions and resource guides.

Craftsmanship and Handcrafting

If you are intrigued by those who create things with their skilled hands, our newest book list will take you on a rich journey into the lives of the makers. The intricacies of each craft are revealed along with the painstaking care that goes into each endeavor.

Check out books like, Forge & Carve in our newest book list, Craftsmanship and Handcrafting and be sure to visit our Lists page for more reading suggestions and resource guides.

Fifteenth Virtual Installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park

Check out our latest installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park, the Sugar Maple.

We hope this series of tree posts inspires you to visit all of the interesting trees at Bayne Park. Learn more about the Trees of Bayne Park and explore our Interactive Bayne Park Tree Map to see the locations, photographs, and names of over a dozen different species of trees!

Expand Your Skills

Looking to expand your skills? The Great Courses featured in out newest book list will engage your brain and expand your skills.

Available in audio CD format, many courses also contain a supplementary course guidebook. This valuable resource only requires the investment of your time and attention.

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