What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to do our best to serve you and provide you with a safe environment. As such, please plan your trip to the library in advance as visits are now limited to 30 minutes. Please wear a mask and social distance at all times in the library, and stay home if you aren't feeling well (we can always accommodate you through curbside pickup).
The library will be closed on Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day.
Check out this 60-second presidents series from PBS to get to know the presidents of the United States.
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: Apeirogon by Colum McCann, narrated by Gregg
For kids: All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat, narrated by Wendy
COVID-19 Vaccination Support
The phases of the COVID-19 vaccination plan
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 75 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.

AARP Tax-Aide Update
The AARP has started making appointments for tax aide.
CALL: 508-419-3383
1. Leave your name and phone number on the voicemail. You will receive a return call to set up your appointment. Appointments cannot be scheduled at the library or by the library.
2. Once you have been given an appointment you can come to OVL and pick up the package that contains instructions on what you need to prepare and provide to have your tax return prepared.
3. All drop-off and pick-up times are set by the IRS Tax-Aide staff and must be dropped off through the front entrance to the library. Only a certified counselor can accept the materials you have to drop off. Screened counselors are only at the OVL during the designated times.
Art Display: Honoring Those Who Fought For Justice

Starting February 13
In honor of Black History Month, the students in Ms. Farrow's and Mrs. Nichols' 5th grade classrooms from Barnstable United Elementary School have created a compilation of work to honor the brave men and women who have worked so hard to bring equality to our world.

Please enjoy the writing and artwork that has been put on display at our library for all to enjoy!
Valentine's Day Photo Contest

Starting February 1; submissions ending February 24
Starting February 1, the OVL challenges you to take a picture with something heart shaped in it. It can be a photo of your pets, kids, husband or wife...just about anything, as long as it has a heart in it!

Get creative--the winner gets a prize!

Click the link below to learn more about entering the contest.
Learn to Draw Cartoons
*Registration required*

Monday, February 15 | 4-5 PM | Virtual
Learn to draw cartoons! Award-winning cartoonist and humorous illustrator Rick Stromoski will teach you how to create your own cartoon characters, draw facial expressions, and even some animals!

To register, email lanagel@clamsnet.org.
Home Gardening Webinar Series
*Registration required*

February 3, 10, 17, and 24 | 6:30-8 PM | Virtual
Your garden may be sleeping, but there's a lot you can do in the next several months to get ready for spring. Sign up for this four-lecture evening webinar series, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

Topics include winter pruning, spring garden prep, growing from seed, and English garden inspiration. Instructors are senior Master Gardeners who are experts in their fields. Includes Q&A time and handouts.
George Washington Carver and Friends
*Registration required*

Thursday, February 17 | 2 PM | Virtual
A live Zoom performance by the Bright Star Touring Theatre

Black history heroes laid the groundwork for some of the most amazing discoveries of the modern era, especially when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Hosted by the incredible scientist, George Washington Carver, a man who invented thousands of uses for the lowly peanut, this show introduces students to other incredible scientists, entrepreneurs, and groundbreakers from Black history. Meet Madame CJ Walker, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and more!

To register for the Zoom performance, send an email to sevans@clamsnet.org.

This program is part of Celebrating Diversity: African-American STEM Leaders, a collaboration between all the libraries of Barnstable and Yarmouth to celebrate African-American achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that runs February 15-19 during school vacation. In addition to the performance, there will be virtual library story hours through the week and grab-and-go kits created by each library. Call your library for more information!
Owls of New England
*Registration required*

Thursday, February 18 | 7 PM | Virtual
Please join volunteer and expert Mike Tucker for an illustrated Zoom presentation on these beautiful and mysterious creatures.
Starting a New Raised Bed Garden
*Registration required*

Tuesday, February 23 | 7 PM | Virtual
Are you wondering if a raised bed garden is the right choice for you? Join NOFA/Mass for an event from their Resilient Garden Series.

Raised beds/containers are a boon to anyone who can’t (or won’t) get down on the ground and can be placed anywhere, regardless of soil quality (or no soil at all) below the bed. However, a lot of raised beds don’t thrive and/or produce after their first year. There are “tricks” and specific information that you can use to make your raised beds and containers successfully produce great food wherever you have enough sunlight.

The presenter ML Altobelli, an experienced gardener, landscaper, and educator, is the owner of M.L’s Greenery in Motion and Woody End Farm, has 38 years of experience working in gardens of all kinds, including many, many raised beds. 
Learn About Foster Parenting and
Adopting from Foster Care
*Registration required*

Wednesday, February 24 | 6-7:30 PM | Virtual
Every parent makes a difference. Join this information session to learn more about foster parenting and adopting from foster care.

The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families serves children of all agesfrom infants to adolescentsfrom every communitywho need a home.
  • You can be single, married, partnered, divorced, or widowed.
  • You can rent or own a home.
  • Time spent with you in a stable and secure environment gives a child a chance to heal.
  • The rewards of providing daily care, guidance, and acceptable to a child are immeasurable.

To register, please email pascale.chrispin@mass.gov and you will receive the call-in details.
Public Forum: Town of Barnstable Proposed Sewer Assessment Ordinance

Thursday, February 25 | 10 AM, 2 PM, and 7 PM | Virtual
Thursday, March 25 | 10 AM, 2 PM, and 7 PM | Virtual
The health of Barnstable’s coastal waters that is so vital to the Town’s quality of life and local economy is at risk. The primary source of the problem is nitrogen pollution from septic systems.

Building on more than a decade of scientific study and engineering design, the Town has put forward a Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP) to protect coastal, inland, and drinking water resources. The Town’s plan calls for sewers and other measures to be implemented over 30 years, at a total cost of $1.4 billion. The Town has identified existing revenues to cover more than half of this cost. A Sewer Assessment Ordinance is being proposed to finance a portion of the remaining cost.

A proposal for a Sewer Assessment Ordinance to finance a portion of the cost to construct the sewer expansion will be presented for community discussion at a series of virtual public forums.

Mark Ells, Barnstable Town Manager, will present the proposed sewer assessment ordinance, along with Daniel Santos (Director, Department of Public Works) and Mark Milne (Finance Director).

How to attend: To participate via computer use the following link for all six meetings: https://zoom.us/j/92047771927 using Webinar ID: 920 4777 1927.

Or join by phone 888-475-4499 using the Webinar ID: 920 4777 1927.

All meetings will also be live-streamed on Channel 18 and the Town of Barnstable Facebook page. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Town of Barnstable website for later viewing.
A Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace
*Registration required*

Friday, February 26 | 5-8 PM | Virtual
Join a live virtual guide as we learn the history and tour the majestic center of British Royalty!

Our guide will take us on a virtual experience of the history and tour of Buckingham Palace. We will begin with a historical perspective on the creation of the palace and its place in the world since the 18th Century. We will then “go inside” and learn about the rooms and artwork located within its royal walls including the State Rooms (used for receiving guests and functions), the amazing grand staircase, the throne room, and many more. We will learn about some of the art within its walls, including those by Rembrandt, Canaletto and more!
Watercolors for Beginners
Interested in painting in watercolor? Start with the basics with this free class! 

All you need to sign up is an Osterville CLAMS card. Click here for the course (you must be logged in to view), or click here to learn more about Udemy and get started.
Visit the Albertina Art Museum in Vienna
Praying Hands, 1508

Located in the historical heart of Vienna, the Albertina combines imperial flair and masterpieces of art. What used to be the city's largest residential palace during the Habsburg monarchy is now an art museum of international renown whose name is also associated with one of the worlds most important graphic art collections and which attracts cultural travelers and city tourists from around the globe.

Hundreds of the works housed in the museum, like Study for the Last Supper by Da Vinci and The Water Lily Pond by Monet, can be viewed online thanks to a partnership with Google Arts and Culture.
Fun and Learning for the Family
Links of Interest, Updated Bi-Monthly

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Osterville restaurants open for take-out: 

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Storytime at OVL

Wednesdays with Wendy

Join us for stories and songs with Wendy! Get ready for the fun to begin at 10 AM. Please bring masks for children 2 years and older.
Join a Reading Challenge!
Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*
Thursday, February 25
Friday, February 26
Thursday, March 4
Friday, March 5
Thursday, March 25
Friday, March 26

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.
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655