October Book Discussion Group

Join us for book discussion, October 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. when we discuss American Gods by Neil Gaiman

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.

Stop by the Library to pick up a copy today!

Storytimes

Mark your calendars for our weekly Storytimes!

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Baby Lapsit

A story time for our littlest friends on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Babies up to 18 months will enjoy stories, songs, and bounces.

Books and Blankets at the Farmer’s Market

After you’ve shopped the Bellevue Farmer’s Market, join us underneath the trees near the playground every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. for stories and songs. Bring your own blankets or chairs!

  • August 10
  • August 24

Pre-School Storytime

A story-time and activity geared towards our pre-school aged friends (3-5) with an adult caregiver every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Experience Kits

Thanks to a partnership with the Heinz Center Affiliates Program, Allegheny County libraries, and the Friends of Bayne Library we are offering free admission for up to four people to a number of museums and historical sites around Pittsburgh!

Our kits this year include:

The kits are first come/first served and they circulate for one week. They can be picked up in the Library behind the copier. Please return the kits to the circulation desk.

Also be sure to check out the RAD Pass for even more fun in the city this summer!

American Girl Dolls at Bayne!

Thanks to the Allegheny County Library Association’s Youth Services, two American Girl dolls are now available to borrow! Julie is a historical doll from 1974 and Tenney was a doll of the year in 2017. You must come into the library to check them out. Check out some of the fun they had over the weekend!

The girls read a little Jane Austen…
…and they made our craft of the week – Earth Day flowers!
Their checkers game got a little heated, but they remembered it’s important to be kind.
They soaked up the sun outside…
…and had a blast swinging!

Art Cart

Stop by after school (3:15-4:30) Monday-Thursday to make some art with our new art cart, generously provided by Friends of Bayne Library!

There’s a new app in town!

Thanks to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County Library Association we can now proudly say, “there’s an app for that”

Access you account, search the catalog, research library events and more. Just search for “Allegheny County Libraries” in your app store!

Toys are back!

Remember when we had toys in the Children’s Department? Don’t worry, we kept them safe these past two years–and even played with them sometimes so they didn’t get too sad. And now they are back!

See what you can build with our favorites, the Magna Tiles!

Flipster

Reading magazines and drinking tea is a great way to spend a winter afternoon. But subscribing to titles gets overwhelming and individual issues cost a fortune. What’s a reader to do?

Don’t worry, the Library has us covered! With your library card you have access to Flipster. Download the app (just search for Flipster in your favorite App store) or login online and read over 70 titles across a wide range of subjects! Check out some favorite titles below!

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Coding Kits

We loved our kids coding club almost as much as the kids, but since, we can’t meet in person, we are sharing our coding kits with you!

Stop by and check out our Coding Kits in the Juvenile Room! Each kit includes a game or toy, handy guides to help you get started, and programming challenges.

Current kits include:

  • Beebot
  • Botley, The Coding Robot
  • Let’s Go Code
  • Ozobot
  • Turing Tumble

We hope to add additional kits in the upcoming months and would love your feedback and suggestions! Also be sure to check out our Coding for Kids resource guide to get more great coding ideas.

These items were part of a Computational Thinking Kit given to the Library through a statewide initiative that was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

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