Category: Kids


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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Missing You – Week 3

We are missing all of our Thursday story time friends very much. We realize that, by now, many of you are probably getting a little tired of the library books you have checked out. We’ve put together a list of some fun things you can do with your stack of books.

Set up your books so that they form a domino effect. Click here to see a video of a library in Seattle that used 2,131 books!

Play pretend librarian. Make library cards for each family member. Set up a display of your favorite books. Use cardboard boxes to create a pretend computer, screen, and scanner for checkout. Use a bigger box for a book drop. Gather stuffed animals for a story time. Remember to sing a few songs together before you begin. After story time, help your guests choose just the right book. See our Imaginative Play Pinterest board for more ideas.

Turn your books over so that they are facing down. How many titles can you name by looking at the back cover?

Put on a play! Use your stuffed animals or family members to play different parts. Gather hats, scarves, and other items around the house for props. Don’t have the books you want? See if you can remember some of your favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Caps for Sale?

Wrap up your books in old newspaper or recycled wrapping paper. Each day, choose a “surprise” book to read. Were you surprised or did you guess what it would be?

Try to balance a book on your head. How far can you walk? How many books can you balance at once? Are you this good?

Make an obstacle course for your toy cars, dolls, or stuffed animals from your books. Books make great roads, tents and houses!

Create a secret reading clubhouse under your dining room table or other small space. Use tablecloths, sheets or blankets to make a cozy enclosure. Bring out the flashlights for even more fun!

For parents and caregivers: Are you frustrated that your child wants to read the same book over and over? It can be hard, but repetition, especially in these stressful times, brings a sense of comfort. Familiar books are like good friends you can call on when you need them. Knowing the ending can help a child feel safe and in control. Let’s nurture each other through these trying times.

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You are not alone! We’ve put together a resource list to help you in this stressful time.

Unemployment Benefits

Make sure you file for unemployment. Federal CARES has expanded benefits to self-employed, gig workers and greatly expanded benefits. PA Unemployment now offers a Live Chat feature if you have questions about benefits or need assistance filing your claim.

Need Help?

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.

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

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.

Job Hunting

If you file for unemployment, you’ll need to set up an account with PA Career Link. They will help you look for new jobs, polish your resume, and find job training.

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!

Job Training

Now is great time to explore Job Training whether it be expanding your current skill set or learning something new.

Applied Digital Skills with Google uses video tutorials to teach users how to use the Google products like gmail, Google calendar, and Drive. They also offers sessions on cover letters, resumes, and professional branding.

Auto Repair Source and Small Engine Repair Reference Center provide guides, routine maintenance tips, and detailed assembly instructions for an extensive list of automobile and other small engines. These resources are brought to you by Power Library!

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

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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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Let’s Pretend……

It’s a great time to do what children do so well…..pretend. Imaginative play promotes language skills, social skills and decision making. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your child and make lasting memories. If you need some ideas for getting started check out our Imaginative Play Pinterest board. Our personal favorite is pretend librarian.

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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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Missing You!

We want everyone, especially our youngest patrons, to know how much we miss seeing you. Until we are together again, here is a fun website for online children’s books read by celebrities:

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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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We missed you all today at Storytime! Until we see you again, why not try BookFlix!

This awesome resource pairs a fiction and non-fiction book on a huge array of topics. Read along or be read to!

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Learn a New Language

Mango Languages and Little Pim offer free online lessons in languages from Spanish to Farsi!

Just create an account using your email and library card number. Mango Languages offers adult focused, self-directed lessons. Little Pim uses a happy Panda to introduce children to essential vocabulary and word formation.

In bocco al lupo!

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