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2020 Summer Concert Series

Due to continuing limitations on social gatherings and spikes in COVID-19 cases, we are cancelling the rest of the 2020 Summer Concert Series.

Outdoor Chairs

We would like to extend our thanks to the bands for bringing live music to the porch, to Borough Council for continuing to support this event, and to the Borough residents for their interest in live music. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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ACLA Virtual Programming – Week 5 – Science

Welcome to Week 5 of the Allegheny County Library Association’s virtual summer programming. Click here for a full schedule of programs for kids and families. Virtual programs include storytimes from Allegheny County libraries as well as programming from ACLA partners, including WQED Education. Be sure to visit and download the corresponding bingo card for your chance to win a great prize.

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Welcome Back!

Bayne Library is open! Help us ensure the health and safety of our community by:

  • Wearing a mask while visiting the Library
  • Sanitizing your hands before entering
  • Maintaining safe social distances
  • Limiting your computer time
  • Returning all items to our book drop
  • Saving your donations for another time

Please note all seating has been removed. Please restrict your visit to pick-ups, browsing, and limited computer usage. Only 25 people will be allowed in the building at a time.

Our hours are limited and are subject to change. If you can not access the library during these hours, please let us know. We may be able to deliver materials to your home.

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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 or reach out to us on social media!

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Bayne Library Haunted Virtual Escape Room

It is rumored that Bayne Library is haunted, are you brave enough to enter our virtual escape room to find out for yourself? Click here to begin!

Share this virtual escape room experience with friends:

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Imagine Your Story At Bayne Library

It’s summer, so that means it’s time for Summer Reading! This year we are going virtual.

Join our online all ages Summer Reading program by visiting Set-up an Individual or Family account and then add your readers! Once your account is registered select Imagine Your Story at Bayne Library as your summer challenge. There is also an app you can download to make tracking a snap. Just search for the Beanstack Tracker in your app store.

Once you enter, you can earn raffle tickets that you can use for a chance to win a gift card to one of our favorite Bellevue businesses:

Earn raffle tickets by telling us your favorite book you read during the week or participating in a fun activity that is suitable for ages 0-100!

A huge thank you goes to the Friends of Bayne Library for sponsoring our Summer Reading Program and supporting our local businesses! We would also like to thank the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for making this virtual program possible.

Want even more summer fun? Be sure to check out starting June 15th for activities, games and more with some of our favorite Allegheny Regional Asset District partners!

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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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Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

Earth Day Imaginative Play

You are a news reporter on television, can you report on some good things that are happening in nature here on Earth?  

You can report from inside your home or do a field report in your yard or along a local trail that is open. Report on the air, birds, trees, insects, and anything growing this spring.

From indoors you can virtually visit the Hays Bald Eagle Nest along the Monongahela River to report on what the eaglets are doing today.

If you record a video of your report and post it online remember to use #baynelibrary when you share!

Check out our Bayne Library Pinterest for our Earth Day board, and our Nature/Science activities and crafts board.

Earth Day Book Recommendations

Miss. Rumphius by Barbara Cooney – The main character is given the task to make the world more beautiful – encourage children to draw an illustration or write about how they will make the world a more beautiful place.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss – Young readers will experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the effect of taking our earth for granted in this playful and hopeful story.  Just one small seed, or one small child, can make a big difference. 

Women in Science Rachel Carson by Anne Rooney – From a small town in Pennsylvania came a little girl named Rachel Carson who would one day author the book Silent Spring which documented the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is recognized as the environmental text that launched the environmental movement. In fact, her voice is one of the main reasons Bald Eagles have returned to our region!  

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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.


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.


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 @

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