What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
As we enter the next few months we would like to remind you that masks covering your nose and mouth are required at all times in the library. Please do not come in if you are not feeling well. We can always accommodate you through curbside service.
COMM Senior Safe Program
In this interview, 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.
Amie Bakery Kicks Off Our Virtual Cookie Recipe Swap
In this video, Amie Bakery kicks off the Osterville Village Library Virtual Cookie swap with a demonstration on making the Linzer Cookie. Yum!

Learn more about Amie Bakery at their website.
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!
Virtual Craft Class:
There's No Place Like "Gnome" for the Holidays!
*Registration required*

Saturday, December 12 | 11 AM | Virtual
Sunday, December 13 | 1 PM | Virtual
Monday, December 14 | 7 PM | Virtual
Join us for a virtual Zoom craft workshop to make an adorable pair of gnomes!

$15 per pair; All materials and instructions are provided. Register at sisukatdesigns.com, or contact Katri Mullaly of Sisukat Designs at 508-420-8794 or sisukatdesigns@gmail.com.

Note: Fabric colors may differ from the above sample photo.
Managing Anxiety Through the Pandemic
*Registration required*

Wednesday, December 9 | 4 PM | Virtual
Life is hard right now--learn how to cope with and manage rising stress levels. Join us for a virtual guided meditation practice to release stress and anxiety while cultivating self-love, connection, and inner peace. Amy Rutledge will guide us through different meditation techniques to calm the busy mind and soothe the nervous system. She will also recommend other strategies and skills to help cope with anxiety. Zoom class will be 30 minutes with time afterwards for Q&A.

Register before December 9 by emailing mmcclelland@clamsnet.org.
Holiday Dog Parade and Costume Contest

Saturday, December 12 | 11 AM | Library lawn
Bring your pup in costume for our holiday dog parade! There will be prizes and dog treats. Masks are required. Meet on the library lawn.
The Troll That Stole Hanukkah
*Registration required*

Sunday, December 6 | 10 AM | Virtual
The Cape Cod Synagogue welcomes you to this FREE event: a Virtual Hanukkah Puppet Show with WonderSpark: The Troll That Stole Hanukkah.

When the villager's shiny silver menorah is stolen by a greedy troll, it's up to the least likely person to get it back before sunset on Hanukkah. Themes in this highly interactive show include kindness, making friends, and how to calm down.

Appropriate for ages 3-12. Runtime: 35-40 minutes. Please email Miss Sue at smager@ccsynagogue.org if you are interested in attending and a Zoom link will be provided.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Live Stream Watch Party
*Registration required*

Friday, December 18 | 8 PM | Virtual
This year, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be hosting a live stream performance! Register for this Facebook group's watch party, which intends to spread holiday cheer by connecting those who are watching the live stream and who love the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
PicLink: New Game to Assist with Cognitive Function

PicLink is on our game shelf and ready to be checked out!

PicLink is a multi-game set of 36 tiles designed specifically for use by people with cognitive and memory impairment, but it is a wonderful game for young children and children with developmental disabilities as well.

The games, though simple and fun for all ages and levels of ability, are based upon exercises that research has shown to assist in keeping minds limber and assisting with memory.
Reading Challenges
*Registration required*
It's not too late to register for our Reading Challenges!

All you need to do is register here, then start tracking your reading and earn badges along the way. Some lucky readers in our adult Fall Into Reading challenge will be eligible to win one of our gift baskets at the end of the program!

Click here to learn more.
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.
Toys for Tots, Winter Coat Drive, and Pet Food Drive
This season if you're able to give back, the OVL is collecting a few different items for those in need:

  • New, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots
  • Gently worn or new winter coats for men, women, and children and new mittens, gloves, and winter socks
  • Unopened dog or cat food

Your donation will go to a needy person in our community this Christmas, and there are few things more precious than that.
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
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 and outside dining: 

Please Support Our Osterville Businesses
Outside Storytime at OVL (BYOB*)
*bring your own blanket!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Wednesdays with Wendy

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

But all are welcome!

Miss Audrey will read on Tuesday, December 15 at 2 PM

Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*
Monday, December 14
Tuesday, December 15
Tuesday, December 29

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