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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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TumbleMath

We all know the importance of reading to our children before bed to encourage strong reading skills, but how can we help them with their math skills?

Why not try a math story? Tumblemath features eBooks that explore elementary math concepts from counting, to fractions, to time and temperature. Its a great way to reinforce what they are learning in school in a new and different way!

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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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Post-Gazette Archives

Google News has digital archives of 1,000’s of old community newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

With issues dating from 1916 through 2007, this is a fun collection to browse or search. A quick search for “Bayne Library” found this little tidbit from July 26, 1944!

Searching can be overwhelming. Here are couple tips:

  • Use quotes to search for exact phrases like names. For example: “Andrew Bayne”
  • Use OR to search for two things at once like maiden names. For example, “Mary Williams” OR “Mary McMasters”
  • You can limit to a range of dates with the date bar. This may be an easier way to search for a specific article or obituary if you have an approximate date.
  • Be patient. The search can be tricky and may return lots of false leads!
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Need Help?

We’ve updated our resource list to help you in this stressful time.

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. Both UPMC and the Allegheny Health Network are offering video visits and most insurance providers have waived copays for COVID-19 related costs.

If you lost your health insurance or are struggling to cover your premiums, the Marketplace has options to keep you covered.

PACE is now offering early prescription refills to its program participants. Many pharmacies are also offering at home delivery of prescriptions.

Unemployment

If you lost your job or have been furloughed, be sure to file for unemployment.

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.

Food Assistance

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.

Other Financial Assistance

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

Federal Student Loans have automatically been placed in Forebearance until 9/30/20.

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.

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 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!

Stay Informed

The Bellevue Borough Police Department is using the CrimeWatch site to inform residents of the latest closures, mandates, and news. Be sure to subscribe to get alerts in your inbox.

Governor Wolf’s web site is informative and regularly updated with statewide plans for responding to COVID-19.

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

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Hoopla!

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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CryptoClub

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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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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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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Project Gutenberg

Our amazing eResources team is working hard to increase buying and monitor waits over at Overdrive, but there are bound to be delays on some of your picks. So why not try a classic!

Project Gutenberg offers free eBook copies of texts that are out of copyright. Dickens! Austen! Maugham! Shakespeare! All those authors you’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten to yet. Although they don’t have an app, they do offer a mobile friendly version of their site.

If audiobooks are more your speed, try LibriVox. Featuring volunteer readers, these free public-domain audiobooks can be downloaded and listened to on all your devices. Many books have been recorded multiple times so you can find the reader that’s right for you! They also have an app to make searching and listening easier!

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