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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.

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.

Other Financial Assistance

If you did not file a tax return and have children, you are still eligible for the $500 Economic Impact Payment. Use the Non-Filers tool by September 30 to receive the $500 catch-up payment. For information about qualifying children, see the Economic Impact Payment Information Center.

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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Computer Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Check out our new list of Computer Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts. These tips will help make your computer use more efficient and fun!

And be sure to visit our Book Lists and Resource Guides for more help exploring new topics!

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Vote!

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day. To celebrate we’ve put together this guide to help you choose your own voting adventure

Step 1. Are you registered?

In order to vote you must be registered, make sure you are registered to vote!

Cool! I’m registered! Proceed to Step 3.
Oh no! I’m not registered! Proceed to Step 2.

Step 2. Get registered!

Get registered by 10/19/20. If you need assistance you can call 1.877.VOTESPA

Step 3: Figure out how you will vote

I want to vote by mail! Proceed to Step 4
I want to vote in person! Proceed to Step 5

Step 4: Vote by mail

I want to vote by mail! Mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the November 3, 2020, general election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Proceed to Step 6

Step 5: Vote in person

I want to vote in person! Find your polling place.

Proceed to Step 6

Step 6: Get Informed!

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh has launched their Voter Resources website, with info-graphics, tutorial pdf’s, digital lessons, student handouts, videos and more.

Step 7: Get Involved

You can apply to be a Poll Worker and find more information on the Allegheny County poll workers page. You can find a Poll Worker Recruitment Toolkit from VotesPA here.

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Treesources

If you’re looking for tree resources, you’re barking up the right tree, check out our list of Treesources!

While you are exploring all things tree, visit Bayne Library’s Pinterest Tree Crafts and Activities Board and Tree Learning Board. And don’t forget to visit the Trees of Bayne Park and our Interactive Tree Map to learn more about over a dozen varieties of trees right here in the heart of Bellevue!

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Learning Never Stops

Literacy Pittsburgh is still offering classes!

Visit startclassnow.org to get started with GED preparation, math and reading, English, and U. S. Citizenship tutoring.

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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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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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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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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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