BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING in the COMM Water District. On May 29, 2020 we were notified that a fecal indicator ( E. coli or enterococci)  was detected in 1 out of 19 of our ground water sources and one in the distribution system which were collected on May 28, 2020 from our water system. These bacteria indicate that potentially harmful organisms may be present which can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems. In accordance with the new federal Ground Water Rule (GWR) requirements, we are notifying you of the situation and conducting additional sampling to evaluate the extent of potential fecal contamination and will take further actions as necessary.
To minimize potential exposure to bacterial contaminants while the source remains under evaluation we are advising consumers to  BOIL  their water until further notice.

Looking forward to resuming in-person services as part of Phase 2.
In order to meet the new guidelines set-up to resume in-person services we made a video to help you know what to expect. When we get the go ahead we want you to know we are prepared.
Osterville In-person Service Video
We have made a lot of changes to follow the guidelines set by the town, state and MBLC. We want to keep you and our staff safe while we all enjoying seeing everyone.

Be Well!

Curbside Checkout continues
If you would like check out books via our curb-side check out please email me us your book and or DVD selection(s). We only have access to items that are inside the library, so it must say available in Osterville when you search . As always reach out by phone Monday - Friday 9-4 for any questions or request. You items will be placed in a sealed bag, on a cart, with your name on it for you to pick up at back door of library.

Book Drops remain open for your returns, they are located at front and back of building.

Printing Services -If you need to print something, email it to OVLprint1@gmail.c om

Library Card - If you need a library card to take advantage of our 4000 free on demand classes please reach out.
Do you know someone who was supposed to take part in a graduation?
The Graduation Experience

Starts the week of June 1st! . It’s a milestone that should not be forgotten… the liberating culmination of years of schoolwork alongside great hopes for the future. Every high school, college or younger graduate should be able to celebrate his or her graduation. Due to safety concerns surrounding the Covid pandemic, many kids will have to forgo the traditional pomp and circumstance rite of passage this year. In an effort to ensure families have a memento of the occasion, the Osterville Village Library will host a “ The Graduation Experience.”

Here is how it works: In accordance with social distancing guidelines, families and graduates will be able to take a cap and gown photo against a celebratory backdrop in our gazebo located on the Osterville Village Library green.

  • First, call the library at 508-428-5757 to reserve a half hour time slot.
  • You’ll be able to play “Pomp and Circumstance” by asking "Alexa" and we can even provide for a staff member or volunteer to read your short introduction over a microphone as you walk through the decorated gazebo.
  • Teen aged school graduates will receive “A Letter to the 2020 Senior Class,” a book which details the unprecedented challenges our 2020 graduates face on account of the current pandemic.
  • Younger graduates, for whom a journey in education has only just begun, will receive a copy of Dr Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

Thank you to our partners, Pocket full of Posies, Lujeans, Red Fish Blue Fish, Carol Williams Catering, and Elevated Impressions. Gift supplies are limited.
If you have a graduate from any grader who might be interested in participating please email
Cape Cod 5k Road Race
Run for the Library
Stay tuned for updates on the 41st Cape Cod 5k Run for the Library. Yes, it is going to be different, but it will have some new and exciting aspects to make it a fun and safe event for the library and the community.
Plein Air online is Open for Bidding
2nd Plein Air Online Build-up
In order to support our artist and help fund the library we will be having an online auction of Osterville & Cape Cod artwork building up to Plein Air.
Art is being added daily so check back.

Check out the artwork and bid on your favorites
New Online resources for kids & adults at home
To fulfill our mission to foster life-long learning, while the building is closed, here are some opportunities to try something new while we are separated.

More fun and educational links to for kids and adults


*12 Global Cuisines Your Kids Should Try at Least Once - Link

* Teaching Kids to Sew - Red Ted Art - Make Crafting with Kids Easy & Fun - Link

* 8 Campfire Games for the Whole Family - Link

* 20 Exciting Relay Races for Kids - Link


*Ken Burns in the Classroom - Link

*3 Compass Games that Teach Kids to Use a Compass - Link

*DIY Body Scrubs from Teen magazine - Link

*Build Your own Sprinkler - Link


*Bubble Snake Blower - Link

*Make Your Own Nature Paintbrushes - Link

*Free Download Tinybop Weather Journal - Link

*How to Make Chocolate Ice Cream in a Bag - Link

*17 Fun Things to Make with a Toilet Paper Roll - Link

The 2020
is now out in digital form.

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

Read the articles and view the ads of the business that generously support your library. With 'hot-links' you are one click away from their website! Please support these trusted local businesses.

Print version is available at the library in the notice board holders and out front of library.

The new CLAMS app has a broad range of features and functions that will make your library experience a whole lot simpler:
  • browse the collection
  • get details on items
  • make a selection
  • place a hold for later pickup
  • renew items previously checked out
  • check out eBooks and eAudiobooks with the touch of a button, then listen to them in the Libby or OverDrive app

Available now in the  App Store  and  Google Play Search for the CLAMS Library Network to download to your mobile device.

News from around the Town

The Chamber of Commerce along with partners, put together a website Called Reopening Cape Cod, " where public health and economic recovery meet". ReopeningCapeCod Website

Town of Barnstable, Town Manager Newsletter from May 29th - Read Now

Looking for updates on Town Business? Check this link for all the recordings TOB Video on Demand

UPDATE: Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be opening seven (7) days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020.
Also effective Tuesday May 26, 2020, the Recycling Area at the Town of Barnstable’s Transfer Station will be reopening. Basic recyclables will continue to be accepted by the source separated method. All users of the Recycle Area MUST wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing.

The Swap Shop, Bottle Redemption Shed, and Food Waste Shed will be closed.

Since David Bogan is unable to hold hours at the library, you can direct your questions or comments for the Osterville Town Councilor through email, he can be reached at

Property Tax Personal Exemption and Tax Deferral Applications:
  • Original Due Date: April 1, 2020   - Extended Due Date: June 1, 2020

More information from the Town of Barnstable - Click Here


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.

Check our Facebook page for interviews with local people on home schooling, dealing with kids at home, photo capturing COVID-19 on Cape Cod, and lots more.

If you are a compromised adult in Osterville and need help reach out to

For COVID-19 information you can trust, please visit:

Online Programs from our YouTube Channel

  • Interview with David Martin, A Taste of Genealogy - getting started
  • Interview with David Martin, The interview Process - view now
  • Interview with Christine Hochkeppel, Photographing COVID-19 - view
  • Interview Ayanna Parrent, Exercise and Recovery - view
  • Interview with Nicole Bessette , Homeschooling & Stress - view
  • Interview with Trish Hegarty, 2014 contestant on Survivor - view
  • Interview with David Martin, The Pedigreee Chart - view

Reach Your Goals. We Can Help. 

Your Next Career Move, Self Improvement or Creative Class,
Starts at the Osterville Village Library

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Helping you stay ahead of the curve is just one of the many reasons our library offers access to Gale Presents: Udemy .

Need an Osterville Library card?
Call the library week-days. 508-428-5757 and we can get you one over the phone!
The Stick Library
In addition to our One-Way Children and Adult books, (take, but please don't bring back), we now have a Stick Library for your dog. Stop by and visit, out front of library Monday - Saturday 9-3.
Any questions, please contact Cyndy Cotton
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655