It's Now or Never

The library needs your support !
The drawing will be Live Streamed on our Facebook Page. Tickets are available at the library till 5 PM 8/29 or when sold out.

You do not need to be present to win.

From Salty Broad Studios: Don't delay! Make your appointment today! Preferred pricing for EforAll Cape Cod mentors and entrepreneurs and CLI Class of 2020.

Update from Town Councilor David Bogan 8/26/20
In this interview we talk about short term rentals, the back-to-school plan and September voting.

If you would like to volunteer at the polls, please contact Town Clerk Ann Quirk, 508-862-4044.
Mental Health in Children & Explaining COVID
Back to school in whatever form it takes, limited contact with friends and organized activities postponed. It all adds to a lot for both kids and parents. With insight on how to talk to your kids and provide structure, this interview is a great help. Jacqueline Sperling PHD. is the Director of Training and Research at the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program & Clinical Psychologist.
Meet your career goals! This workshop will help you write a resume that will present your career, unique qualities, and showcase your strengths, skills, and accomplishments.

In this ZOOM workshop you will:
• Learn how to write a targeted resume
• Organize & format the sections of your resume
• Develop the content to showcase your talents and accomplishments
• Use keywords in your resume
• Write a resume that will get the attention of hiring managers and recruiters

Please bring you previous resume to the workshop or write your job experience and have it ready for the workshop.

To register: call 508-430-8111 or email
Introduction to SoulCollage®
Workshop -- Online
Kit Irwin, a SoulCollage® facilitator, will lead you through exercises and explain a little bit of the philosophy behind SoulCollage®. Due to these turbulent times, there is a suggested $20 fee for the workshop but please pay only as much as you can afford.
Materials you should have ready to use for the workshop:
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Card backings – these are 5 X 8” mat boards that you will collage on top of. If you don’t have mat board, you can cut up a cereal box, use watercolor paper, or even cut up file folders (though these might feel flimsy).
  • Images to use for collage. These can be from magazines, books, photos, printed images, calendars. Don’t forget junk mail. You can even use something you’ve drawn. The images should include ones of people, animals, and ones that are large enough to use as a background.
The class will be held on Zoom. A link and password will be sent out the day before the workshop.

See Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & the Moon at Dowses
OVL has a great telescope that one of our loyal patrons, Art, takes to Dowses Beach, sets up & lets people & kids take a look. If you are interested in attending, email Art at
Mask & Social Distancing Required
OVL Online Writers' Studio
Osterville Library’s online writers’ studio is for serious writers and authors or those that want to be. We meet weekly on Zoom (you get the links) on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. All you need is a computer or laptop and a smile. We use live audio and video and do screen sharing of your chapters for critiquing. To sign-up, email or visit See you soon. Did I tell you it is free? 
Space, Help & Resources

Confused about the upcoming school year? OVL can help! Introducing 6 new learning databases to assist you. Plus more.
We have added new tools for teaching, learning and research.

  1. Opposing Viewpoints: Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a resource that brings together academic articles, audio, videos, opinion essays and primary sources about contemporary controversies and hot topics. Whether you need a balanced view or support for your position, Opposing Viewpoints is the first place to go when you're researching a controversial or contentious issue.
  2. National Geographic Virtual Library: From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it. From the iconic National Geographic magazine to the popular National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic History magazines, there’s simply no substitute for the depth and quality National Geographic Virtual Library will bring to OVL's patrons.
  3. Gale In Context: Elementary: Delivers trusted, age-appropriate digital content. Through newspaper and magazine articles, videos, images, and graphics, elementary students can learn about everything from animals and outer space to famous artists and favorite athletes. The database is visual and intuitive, and rewards students’ efforts by developing comprehension and research skills to prepare them for middle school—and a lifetime of learning.
  4. Gale In Context: Middle School: As a middle schooler, research can be challenging, right? You’re not a research guru just yet, and random, online searches can lead you to unreliable content. Thankfully, Gale In Context: Middle School integrates citable content from magazines, newspapers, videos, and primary sources into an easy-to-navigate database developed with you in mind. Dive into science, social studies, history, literature, and more from National Geographic, Scholastic, NPR, and NASA.
  5. Gale In Context: High School: When you have a paper, project, or presentation to complete, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. Gale In Context: High School simplifies your search for information by bringing together hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections into one easy-to-use database. While online browsers can serve up unreliable or incomplete results, this database lets you explore vetted primary sources, biographies, critical essays, and other materials in many formats — giving you deeper context to high-interest topics.
  6. Udemy: Udemy's mission is to improve lives through learning. Over 4000 online video courses feature an extensive, multi-language library, which includes thousands of courses taught by expert instructors. You can take courses across a wide range of categories, some of which include: business & entrepreneurship, programming, academics, the arts, health & fitness, language, music and much more! 
  7. In the Library: We have many rooms that offer a safe space for study and work time. Seating is arranged to accommodate physical distancing requirements. We have wifi and available computers plus, we are open 7 days a week.

We are adding resources and space to assist parents, home-schoolers and caregivers adjust and help educate in K-12.
Get your Buddies Together!
Date & Venue Change
The tournament will proceed as follows:
  •  Upon receipt of your paid golf foursomes, you will receive a certificate (with instructions) for a round of golf at the beautiful Ridge Club in Sandwich. Payments are due no later than September 1st.
  • Upon receipt of your certificate, simply call the Ridge Club and choose a time when your foursome will be scheduled to play - you can choose any time after 1:00 p.m. on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between September 15th and October 29th to play 1 round/18 holes with carts. 

But you must call the Ridge Club before August 31st to reserve your foursomes time!
  • A box lunch and water will be included, as well as a sleeve of Ridge Club balls and 4 carts for your foursome if current distancing restrictions are still in effect. If current restrictions ease and more than 1 person per cart is allowed, the appropriate number of carts will be available to accommodate you.
  • Send us your tee time and score as prizes will still be awarded.

Question? Email

New online resources for kids & adults at home
To fulfill our mission to foster lifelong learning, here are some opportunities to try something new using virtual technology


* How to Create a School Pod or Homeschool Pod: Top Things to Consider - link

* 3 Tips for Homeschooling When You Have No Other Choice - link

* The 11 Best School Organization Hacks - link


* DaVinci Popsicle Stick Bridge - link

* Paper Chain STEM Challenge (No Mess & Easiest Clean Up Ever!) - link

* Building Pool Noodle Structures with Toothpicks - link


* Cat in a Hat Cup Stacking Challenge - link

* Shaving Cream Rain Clouds - link

* STEM For Kids: Straw Rockets (with Free Rocket Template)- link

Links of interest,
updated weekly
Town Manager weekly update, included in video from 8/28 is a segment from Barnstable School Superintendent Dr. Meg Mayo-Brown's weekly update, providing Updated School info (starts at 6:40 minutes in) - Video
Barnstable School Website - link
Town Manager 8/28 - Newsletter
Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend August 29-30
Absentee Ballot Application - link
Vote by Mail - link
Pay Your Real Estate Tax Bill - more info
Complete Your Census - link
Beach Water Quality - more info
Quarantine Definition for Massachusetts Travel Advisory - link
Hurricane Preparedness Information - more info 

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.

Please Support our Osterville Businesses

Outside story-time at OVL at 10 a.m.
Wednesdays with Wendy
September 2nd
Stay Tuned for Fall schedule
Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives at OVL
Tuesday- September 1st
Tuesday- September 15th

Thursday- October 1st
Friday- October 30th

Tuesday- November 10th
Tuesday- December 15th

Check Redcross website for times and appointments.

Book your day and time below
Our Recent Interviews.
Todd Glickman, Meteorologist - interview
Dr. Falzone on Identifying Stress - interview
BPD Chief Sonnabend - interview
COMM Fire Chief Winn - interview
Superintendent of Barnstable Schools Meg Mayo-Brown - interview
Barnstable County Nurse - interview
Osterville Town Councilor David Bogan - interview
White Shark Conservancy - interview
Trustees of the Reservation - interview
David Martin, Taste of Genealogy - interview 1 2 3
A life Suspended by author Nicole Donovan - interview
The 2020
is 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.

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

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.

Any questions, please contact Cyndy Cotton

Osterville in-person service video
Click arrow to view how we prepared to welcome you back inside the library.

Be well!
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Osterville, MA 02655