Category: Kids

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!

Learn a little something about coding in binary and then show off your skills with a beaded bracelet or necklace. Each kit contain beads, elastic string, and instructions. Hint: the bead colors are listed at the bottom of the bag 😉 This is a great craft for kids aged 6-86 and can be found in our Juvenile department.

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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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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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Love Your Library

September is Love Your Library Month! 

LYL

Thanks to the generous support of the Jack Buncher Foundation, donations made to Bayne Library during September are eligible for a pro-rated match!  Maximize your support and give today!  

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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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If You Like Dog Man…

Do you (or your kid) love the Dog Man series? Really what’s not to love about the adventures of this half dog/half man policeman.

While you wait for the newest installment (due out September 1st!), why not try one of the series we recommend in out new book list, If You Like Dog Man… This list contains graphic novels and chapter books that offer plenty of laughs!

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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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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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