What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
As 2020 comes to a close we want to thank you for your involvement with the OVL. Through this trying year we have tried to bring you the latest and most trusted information about COVID, the village, and the town. We have worked to intertwine fun things to do along with ways to support parents with children in a hybrid learning system. We are proud that we were opened to serve our community and look forward to continuing that in 2021. The heart of the village that never skipped a beat!
Brentwood Brass Concert
Usually, every year we host a wonderful Brentwood Brass concert in the Carolyn Crossett Rowland Fireside Reading Room. This year we were unable to host, but the group kindly came in and performed last week and we made a video for you to enjoy.
Access to 3,000 Popular Magazines on Overdrive

Our new magazines package consists of more than 3,000 popular magazines, which will be available for unlimited simultaneous use!

New Immersive Reality Children's Books

Do you like Virtual Reality? Do your kids? Did you know that you can now read books in a virtual world?

Check out our new IR Books collection, available now! We are one of the first libraries in the country to offer these books. IR Books are the first of their kind: combining cutting edge virtual reality with traditional children’s books, IR redefines the learning experience, allowing children to delve into new and exciting topics like never before.

Travel back in time to witness the birth of the universe, dive deep beneath the ocean for a close encounter with a Great White Shark, fly on a rocket ship to the moon, or journey to exotic destinations around the world. Immersive Reality books are interactive, fun, and educational. It’s like a cross between video games and learning!
Cape Symphony All-Star Holiday Variety Show

Sunday, December 20 | 7 PM | Virtual
Jung-Ho Pak is creating a Cape Symphony All-Star Holiday Variety Show video that will launch on their YouTube channel on Sunday, December 20th at 7:00 PM.

The Cape Symphony All-Star Holiday Variety Show will feature performances, interviews, and shout-outs from some special people. Guest artists include Kate McGarry, Annie Moses Band, John Stevens, Monica Rizzio, Siren Mayhew, Josh Delaney, Deanna Loveland, the Chatham Chorale, and more!

The Cape Symphony All-Star Holiday Variety Show video will premiere on the Cape Symphony YouTube channel and will be available to watch until January 18th. We hope you enjoy it!
Goal Setting 101 on Udemy

Now is the time of year to reflect and set goals for the future! If you're looking to improve your own goal setting and achieving skills, this is the course for you--no tools or previous experience is necessary for this highly rated free course. You'll learn valuable tips for improving your goals and your life.

All you need is an Osterville CLAMS card. Click here for the course, or click here to learn more about Udemy.
COMM Senior Safe Program
In the interview linked below, Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) Fire Prevention Officer, Michael Grossman talks about the Senior Safe Program offered by the department. COMM provides this great service at no charge.

To learn more about the Senior Safe Program call 508-790-2375 ext. 1.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas...
Enjoy this classic book written by Clement C. Moore, narrated by OVL's own Gregg Jensen.
Santa is Coming to Cape Cod
Another great narration by Gregg Jensen! Santa is Coming to Cape Cod is written by Steve Smallman, and this video was produced at the Osterville Village Library.
Finger Plays with Wendy!
Need a distraction for the kids while waiting in line? Want to add some fun to your bedtime routine? Or just want some extra playtime with your baby?

Try out one of these finger plays, shown here by the OVL's Wendy. Engaging with your child by using finger plays, songs, and action rhyme encourages bonding and also helps to develop fine/gross motor skills, coordination, listening, and memory skills. And it helps if they just need to get the wiggles out, too!
Jr. Tech STEM Workshops
*Registration required*

Make Art and Storytelling Come Alive with Scratch
Do you enjoy the arts? Do you enjoy writing or storyboarding? Are you interested in creating art? If so, this two-day workshop is for you! Get creative by writing a short story and then animate it using Scratch. You will start by learning to create your own art with basic vector software. Then, you will animate it yourself in Scratch and build it into your own digital story.

  • Date: Two Saturdays, January 23 and January 30, 2021
  • Times: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Grades: 6-8

Game Development in Scratch
Games are a fun pastime, but can also be useful as a tool for learning new skills. Through the process of coding games, we also can practice creative problem solving when making our own games, whether they are ismple quiz games or more complex platformers. In this workshop, blend game design and coding skills using Scratch to make your own educational game!

  • Date: February 6, 2021
  • Time: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Grades: 5-6

Escape Room Design
Solving puzzles can be a satisfying experience, but so can making your own! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of creating code and digital art to make your own Digital Escape Room using Scratch, similar to escape rooms you might visit in real life. This workshop will help you think about how to create an immersive audience experience through your use of puzzles, imagery, and association skills.

  • Dates: Tuesday through Friday, February 16-19, 2021
  • Times: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Grades: 6-7

Note: These are all in-person STEM workshops. The curriculum is developed to offer online via Zoom, if necessary.
New Feature: Contactless Check Out
Did you know you can check your items out using your smart phone? This cool, new feature is simple and convenient--and all you need is the CLAMS app. It's a great way to help you get your books and DVDs safely and efficiently.

Watch the narrated video above to learn more!
Fun and Learning for the Family
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Outside Storytime at OVL (BYOB*)
*bring your own blanket!

Wednesdays with Wendy

10 AM for kids under 5
2 PM for kids over 5

But all are welcome!

Look for Miss Audrey to return in 2021

Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*
Tuesday, December 29
Monday, January 4
Tuesday, January 5
Thursday, January 28
Friday, January 29
Wednesday, February 3
Thursday, February 4

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 9-4:45
Tuesday 10-4:45
Wednesday 9-4:45
Thursday 10-4:45
Friday 9-4:45
Saturday 9-3:45
Sunday 12-3:45

Subject to change as we work through opening guidelines and new procedures.
Sam Barber's Art on Display and Available for Purchase
We're so fortunate to currently display Sam Barber's art at our library, like this beautiful piece. The art is for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the library.
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655