Category: Kids

Summer Reading 2023

Summer Reading 2023 – All Together Now – kicks off on Saturday, June 10th at our kickoff party from 11-1! Join us and sign up (kids, teens, and adults), enjoy cookies and outdoor games and art, and kids can even get a free book to keep just for signing up!

Join us all summer long for Try-It Tuesday, every Tuesday at 1 PM (see flyer for a few time differences) and Comix Club, run by local comix author Victor Santiago, every Wednesday at 1 PM. Registration is required for Comix Club; please register here:

You can find our full summer schedule of programs by clicking the All Together Now button on our website all summer long!

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 two adults and six children to a number of museums and historical sites around Pittsburgh!

Our 2023 kits 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.

But wait! There’s more! Using your library’s Experience Kit program, visit THREE different museum sites before October 31, 2023, and be entered to win a prize basket! Learn more!

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


Join us every Thursday for STEAM Club! We will rotate through various STEAM Concepts, including LEGOs/building, Art, and Coding! No registration necessary. Open to kids in grades K-6. From 3:15-4:15 – drop in and create!

April Story and Play Times

Here is our schedule of April story and play times!

Tuesday Toddler Time will be on April 4th at 10:30. Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, there will not be a storytime on April 18th, but feel free to come and play!

Our Wednesday baby lapsit continues to be at 10:30. This is best for those under 2!

Thursday is our Preschool Storytime at 10:30. This storytime is best for kids ages 3-6.

Five & Under Friday is for all friends under the age of 5 at 11 AM. There is no Five & Under Friday on April 7th as the library will be closed.

Please email Ms. Erin at with any questions!

Early Literacy Kits Available Now!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Allegheny County Library Association, we are proud to offer Early Literacy Kits to our youngest patrons! Each kit is available for families with infants under the age of one year. You will find books, songs and fingerplays, an egg shaker and scarf to wave, early literacy tips, book lists (available at the library!) a fashionable bib, and more. Return a second time (and sign up for a library card!) with your coupon and receive a third book!

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!

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!

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.

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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