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Hours Week of 11/23/20

Please note the Library’s hours for the week of 11/23/20

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closed

At this time the library is only open for holds pick-up.  Hours and services are subject to change.

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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.

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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 aclasummerreading@einetwork.net 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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Take and Make

Looking for something to do that doesn’t involve a screen? Why not try an old school craft with one of Bayne Library’s Take and Make Kits!

Practice your sewing skills with our latest kit, Stuffie Friends! We include felt, needle, thread, stuffing and you just need scissors and a name for your new pet! Find them out in the Juvenile Room!

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Bayne Library Haunted Virtual Escape Room

Have you escaped yet?  It is rumored that Amanda haunts Bayne Library…are you brave enough to enter our Virtual Escape Room to find out for yourself?

As an added incentive, once you have escaped you can mark the ‘Attend a Virtual Library Program’ space as complete on the October Bingo Card!

Share this experience with friends and family by sending them this link: https://tinyurl.com/bayneescape

If you are curious about Amanda, visit our Bayne Family Tree to learn more and view photographs of the Bayne family plot at Union Dale Cemetery!

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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.

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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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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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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