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.

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!

Our latest kit features supplies for Friendship bracelets. We include instructions and embroidery floss, you just need scissors and a bestie! Check ’em out in the Juvenile Room!

NoBo Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook? Do you like to read cookbooks? Do you like talking to other people that like these things? Well then join the NoBo Cookbook Club!

Our November cookbook is Cravings; Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen.

Even the most celebrity-cookbook-skeptical reader will find it hard not to enjoy this tome from supermodel Chrissy Teigen. With self-deprecating wit and down-to-earth charm, Teigen posits herself as an enthusiastic home cook and passionate eater. —Publisher’s Weekly

During November we’ll post photos, thoughts, tweaks, and reviews of recipes in this cookbook. Both Andrew Bayne Memorial Library and Avalon Library will have copies of the cookbook available, and they will also happily order more for you! We’ll send updates when copies arrive.

You have to make dinner anyway! Join the NoBo Cookbook Club today!

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!

A Different Type of Treesday Tuesday- Introducing the Bayne Family Tree

Explore our interactive Bayne Family Tree to gain a better understanding the family structure and view photographs of their headstones. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to visit the Bayne family plot in Union Dale Cemetery – it’s less than four miles from the library. (Division 2- Section B – Lot 19)

Stay tuned for the future release of our interactive Bayne Library Timeline. As we discover more about the Bayne family, we will continue to update these informational pages.

DIY Storytime at Home – Dinosaurs

Roses are red. Violets are blue. We miss Bayne Storytimes. We think you might too. We hope you are well. We miss you a ton. Take home some of these. We know you’ll have fun!

Introducing – DIY Bayne Storytime at Home. Until we can all safely be together again at Bayne Library storytime, we are offering some take and make fun. Every week we will offer a new theme complete with songs, rhymes, coloring/activity pages and a simple take home craft.

Hooray for Fall!

A chill is in the air, leaves are falling, and the Halloween books are on display at Bayne Library. Why not take a walk through Bayne Park and stop by the library for some great books! While you’re at it, pick up an October 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 10/31/20. 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.

Outdoor Tech Insights

Check out our list of Outdoor Tech Insights with websites and apps to enhance your next outdoor experience.

Be sure to also visit our Book Lists and Resource Guides for more topics to explore.

Poetry

Poetry moves beyond patterns of rhythm and sound when words are woven together to be unraveled within the readers heart. We hope our newest book list will inspire you seek out poetry and perhaps even begin writing your own.

Be sure to visit our Lists page for more reading suggestions and resource guides.

New Hours starting 10/5/20

Our hours are changing! Starting the week of October 5th, we will no longer be open Monday nights. We are moving our evening hours to Wednesdays!

Our new hours will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2p.m.

We will still be closed Fridays and Sundays.

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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