Visiting the Library

When visiting the Library please observe the following guidelines:

  • Masks are mandatory while visiting the Library
  • Hands must be sanitized before entering
  • Social distances must be maintained
  • Computer usage is limited to one hour on a first come first basis
  • All items must be returned to the book drop
  • No donations will be accepted

Please note all seating has been removed. Our hours and services are limited and are subject to change.

Screen Free Challenge–Week 20

Week 20, 5/14/21-5/20/21: Go for a drive (or bus ride…or walk)

When was the last time you got lost? Thanks to GPS and Google Maps those days are behind us. But is that necessarily a good thing? Believe it or not, getting lost can be good for you. This week we challenge you to go for a drive with no destination in mind and no GPS! Don’t have a car, try getting on a random bus or a taking a new walking route.

Each week we’ll post an activity, task, or idea for something you can do that is screen-free. No phones, no tablets, no computers, no TV.

Last Week: Write a letter to your mother

Next Week: Read a paper magazine

2021 Screen-Free Challenge–Week 19

Week 19, 5/7/21-5/13/21: Write a letter to your mother

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th, so take some time and handwrite your mother a letter. This may be your biological mother, your adopted mother, your grandmother, an amazing mentor, a mother you never met, or your mother who died years ago.

Hand writing letters has numerous benefits. It allows us to express feelings we may not normally feel comfortable discussing, can help with grieving, and encourages you to think more deeply about what you are saying. In addition, numerous studies indicate that expressing gratitude can lead to higher levels of happiness and general well-being.

Blank cards and envelopes are available at the library! Bonus points if you mail it!

Learn More:

Each week we’ll post an activity, task, or idea for something you can do that is screen-free. No phones, no tablets, no computers, no TV.

Last Week: Try a new recipe

Next Week: Go for a drive (or bus ride…or walk…)

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.

Murder Book

Who doesn’t love true crime? Check out our new list of some of our favorite True Crime titles!

Art Historical Fiction

Artists are notorious for being temperamental, passionate, and fascinating so naturally, they make great subjects for historical fiction.

Try one of these picks from our new booklist, Art Historical Fiction, to learn more about these artists and their times.

Interactive Timeline and Bayne Family Tree

Learn more about the history of Bayne Library and the Bayne family by exploring the interactive Bayne Library Timeline in conjunction with the previously released Bayne Family Tree. Delve into information through newspaper articles, photographs, and documents for a glimpse into an earlier time. What will you discover about the Bayne family and the history of Andrew Bayne Memorial Library?

There’s even more to explore on our website: The Architecture of Bayne Library, Trees of Bayne Park, War Memorials of Bayne Park, and an interactive Map of Bayne Park for self-guided tours of the trees and war memorials.

Need Help?

We will continue to update this list as new information and opportunities become available.

Find Assistance

Create a profile with Single Stop and get updates on resources available to you. It covers everything from food, to housing, to medical care.

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.

Your Health

The Center for Disease Control has put together a COVID Self Checker to help assess your symptoms and provide strategies for how to deal with them. A map of testing locations in the county is available here.

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

Allegheny County has put together a regularly updated Free Food Distribution Site map.

The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank is offering home delivery for people who cannot leave their home. For information on scheduling a delivery, call 412-460-3663, ext. 655, or visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org

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.

Get help with diapers through the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank.

Childcare

Trying Together has partnered with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to provide information on finding child care. Help is also available by calling Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 at 412-350-3577

Housing

Allegheny Link is encouraging those in need of housing services and supports to call them at 866-730-2368 or contact them via email AlleghenyLink@AlleghenyCounty.us. 

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.

The Allegheny County Health Department has up to date information for our area.

Get more information about Northgate School District’s response to COVID-19

Got a resource you think we missed? Let us know at baynelibrary@einetwork.net

Last updated 12/16/2020 by Ellen

Introducing: Architecture of Bayne Library

If you’re curious about the architect and the architecture of this Historic Landmark, then it’s the perfect time to learn about the Architecture 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!

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