What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
TODAY! Author Talk: Choices and the
Power of Possibility

April 10 | 10 AM | Virtual
Authors Nicole Donovan, A Life Suspended, and J. M. Crawford, Choices, share their memoirs. Two mothers share their unique perspectives on building resilience in the face of adversity while raising their children with autism.

In times of uncertainty and isolation, they found courage and resolve as they pressed forward to secure educational and therapeutic supports to meet their sons' individual needs. Journey with these two women as they share personal stories of love and determination while navigating the confusing world of autism.

Email gziino@clamsnet.org for the Zoom Link. The program will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Easter Traditions in Boston with Anthony Sammarco

Easter may be over this year, but there's still much to learn about traditions in Boston from Anthony Sammarco, noted historian and author of more than seventy books on the history and development of Boston.
Learn to Make Bunny Butt Cupcakes with Amie Bakery

Try this fun and easy baking project for the family! Perfect for spring. Thank you to the expert bakers from Amie Bakery in Osterville. To learn more about Amie Bakery, visit their website.
Exciting New Spring Games and Activities
Art Exhibit: Cape Cod Visual Artists Cooperative
Pictured above is "Rose Garden" by Lew Schwartz, VAC chairperson

This spring, stop by to peruse our Main Meeting Room art exhibit featuring the Cape Cod Visual Artists Cooperative (CCVAC). CCVAC is a group of local artists residing on Cape Cod who work in all visual media and exhibit in group shows. Learn more about the CCVAC at www.ccvac.art.

It's the perfect time of year to be inspired about the coming months!
Earth Day Trash Pickup - Freestyle
In honor of Earth Day on April 22, borrow a grabber from the library and pick up some trash around town. This is not an organized event--just a suggestion! ​

If you need paperwork signed for required community service, let us know ahead of time and we'll sign it for you.
Recycling and Composting on Cape Cod

Friday, April 16 and Friday, April 23
These are virtual, recorded interviews without attendees. Check back after the date to view the recording.

Want to recycle RIGHT and reduce your waste? Come learn from Kari Parcell, Barnstable County’s Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator, about the state of Cape Cod's waste and what you can do to help.

Barnstable County is committed to facilitating regional cooperation to find solutions that reduce trash and increase recycling. Removing and disposing of trash from Cape Cod is expensive and harmful to the environment. Barnstable County’s Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator provides Cape Cod’s fifteen towns with technical assistance on a variety of issues related to waste reduction and recycling.
Book Signing with Ayanna Parrent,
Author of "Becoming Free"

Saturday, May 8 | 10 AM-2 PM
Ayanna Parrent is many things: mother, daughter, sister, wife, POUND Pro, life coach, recovering alcoholic, survivor. Born into a family dynamic struggling to find its foundation, Ayanna resolved not to become like her own mother, an addict who walked a fine line between fierce inspiration and neglectful parent, until the moment she realized that was exactly who she’d become. But despite Ayanna’s own traumatic past, there was within her a spark of hope that finally ignited when a breakthrough occurred during her second time in rehab. That spark helped Ayanna to conceive of and create a business model that is destined to change the face of recovery. It’s all about Becoming Free.
Join Our Latest Reading Challenge: Spring Into Reading
Register at ostervillevillagelibrary.beanstack.org or download the beanstack app to track your reading.

Some lucky readers in our Spring Into Reading challenge will be eligible to win prizes!

You can join more than one challenge, and your reading can count for all your challenges!
First Chapter Fridays
Do you ever feel like you're reading the same book over and over? Or are you looking for something new and exciting but not sure where to start?

Well, look no further! Every Friday, we'll be recording a virtual reading of the first chapter of a different book (one children's book and one adult book) to give you a taste of some hits and recommendations.

Catch our most recent chapters below, and tune in to our website or social media weekly and see what grabs your attention!
For adults: The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister, narrated by Gregg
For Kids: Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed, narrated by Wendy
Learn American Sign Language
Take at your convenience through UDEMY
This course is structured around different topics you'd find in everyday life and is filled with vocabulary, sentences, narratives, and dialogues. You'll have tons of practice to learn the language and prepare to sign with confidence!

You've just found the world's most comprehensive video instruction course for learning American Sign Language. Dr. Byron Bridges and Stacey Webb simplify the process of learning American Sign Language by teaching you step-by-step receptive and expressive components of the language.

Start with the basics: introductions, gesturing, the alphabet members of the family, and more. Progress to advanced techniques if you'd like: expansion features, classifiers, storytelling, and more. Literally thousands of signs you can use in your everyday life are covered in this course, including how to communicate during emergencies, everyday activities, and more!
COVID-19 Vaccination Support Inside the Library
We know the process for making an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine is confusing and difficult. We have created an instruction sheet in an effort to assist you in navigating this online process.

Individuals 65 and older without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.

Please click here to view the Self Attestation Form, which you will need to print and bring with you to your appointment.

Guidance For People Who Are Fully Vaccinated
Against COVID-19
COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized in the United States are very effective at protecting vaccinated people against severe COVID-19. Until more people are vaccinated, prevention measures will continue to be necessary for all people, even people who have been fully vaccinated.
Tips for Getting a Vaccine
New: Get early sign-up alerts, learn a new search tool for pharmacies, and learn even more tips for getting an appointment.
Gale in Context: Elementary Database
Is Getting Even Better!
This spring, Gale is taking the work one step further by bringing eBooks to Gale In Context: Elementary. Students will be able to find everything in one place, without the need to jump from platform to platform when searching for content.

As students explore topic trees or pursue the answer to an “I Wonder . . . ” question, they’ll find eBooks right alongside topic overviews, periodicals, videos, news, and other content—encouraging them to dive deep and explore.

Students will be able to learn at a comfortable pace as they move through periodicals, videos, and—for the first time—eBooks to find information that draws them into any topic. And teachers will be able to use this dynamic resource to introduce basic research skills, enhance instruction, and encourage student engagement—ultimately leading to the next student bouncing at their heels to share a fact about their new favorite topic.
Talk with Kip Diggs, State Representative for 2nd Barnstable District
Kip Diggs, State Representative for 2nd Barnstable District, is at the OVL for open office hours every Tuesday from 10 AM-12 PM.
2021 Beach Sticker Information
You can apply online, or you can download a form to mail in to get a 2021 beach sticker. A copy of your registration is required--come make a copy at the library, open 7 days a week.
Grab & Go Crafts
Every week they change! There's always something fun and engaging for the kids.

On display with the crafts are plenty of related books to check out and read.
Spring Classes at the Harwich Junior Theatre Company

Volunteers Needed
Are you into astronomy or lawn games?
We are looking for volunteer(s) to help with our star gazing at Dowses Beach and to assist with yard games this summer. Email cyndycotton@clamsnet.org if interested!
Attention Collectors of Rare, Old Books:
This One's For You!
The OVL will be providing a list of NEW donations available for purchase, to be updated regularly. Books will be researched for current selling prices, however, OVL will entertain any reasonable offer for the books.  


Camps in the Caribbees by Fred A. Ober
Boston, Lee and Shepard Publishers, New York: Charles T. Dillingham; 1880 - $165

We and Our Neighbors by Harriet Beecher Stowe
With Illustrations; 1876 New York: J.B. Ford & Company - $100

The Boy Inventor
A Memoir of Matthew Edwards, Mathematical-Instrument Maker; 1860, Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. - $110

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam 
Text of Edward Fitzgerald’s Version, Edited by Nathan Haskell Dole (2 volume set) 1898, Boston L.C. Page & Company, $234-$250

Titian by Estelle M. Hurll
A collection of fifteen pictures and a portrait of the painter with introduction and interpretation; 1901, Boston and New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company - $41
American Statesman by Andrew Jackson
Edited by John T, Morse, Jr. Boston Houghton, Mifflin and Company; 1883 - $26
Days Off by Henry Van Dyke
Illustrated and published by Charles Scribner’s sons; October 1907 - $39.
Share Your Pandemic Story
Open submissions throughout the duration of the pandemic
Postcards From a Pandemic
Call for submissions!
Open submissions throughout the duration of the pandemic

In collaboration with the William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives, the Cape Pandemic Postcards Project is documenting this unprecedented moment for future generations through your essays, stories, poems, and images that capture the social, emotional, spiritual, and economic impact of COVID-19.

Become part of Cape Cod history!
This collection will capture a diverse cross section of voices, each contributing a unique perspective on how our lives on Cape Cod evolved throughout the duration of the pandemic. In addition to the archive, we are planning to publish an anthology (all proceeds will be donated to a local charity).

Be part of this community-wide endeavor! All residents of all ages are encouraged to participate!

How to Share Your Story

To submit your work, upload via this link*:

For more details, or to browse the current collection, visit our Cape Pandemic Postcards web page via www.nickersonarchives.org
Follow us on Facebook: @capepandemicpostcards
For more information, contact us at capepandemicpostcards@gmail.com

*You will need to sign into your Google account (Gmail). Contact us if you do not have access to Gmail and need help.
Fun and Learning for the Family
Links of Interest, Updated Bi-Monthly

Need to talk? Samaritans are available to listen. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Please know that we are here for you. Call or text our 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673.

Osterville restaurants open for take-out: 

Please Support Our Osterville Businesses
Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*

Monday, April 12
Tuesday, April 13
Wednesday, May 12
Thursday, May 13

Check the Red Cross website for times and appointments.
More Information
The 2020 Experience Osterville Guide is in digital form

Read about Ned Crosby, Growing up Diggs, the Foxhole, and Armstrong-Kelley Park to name a few of the articles in the 2020 edition.

The print version is also available at the library.

We have new hours

Monday 9-5
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-4
Sunday 12-4

Subject to change as we work through opening guidelines and new procedures.
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655