What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
Welcome to fall!

Look for our newsletters on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Enclosed you will find plenty of events, information, interviews, and links of interest. 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.
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.
Shop in Support of the Library!
Opposing Viewpoints

Having a clear, compelling point of view on today’s most debated political and social issues requires finding the most credible facts and insights. With a presidential election and the holiday season on the horizon, this is the perfect time to educate yourself about hot topics from trusted sources.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints simplifies your search by bringing together thousands of resources to provide authoritative articles, research reports, videos, and statistics. This database steers you away from unreliable content that online browsers sometimes serve up and helps you draw your own conclusions about global warming, the minimum wage, and hundreds of other debated topics. And, best of all, it's simple: just search for the topic you're interested in, and read!
Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide

Dementia Handbook & Resource Guide is a comprehensive one-stop resource, providing valuable information to individuals with dementia, as well at their families, support systems, and mental health professionals.

This brand new title is designed to bring together necessary and valuable information for the millions of individuals, family members, and caregivers affected by dementia. For those providing care and support to individuals with dementia, this resource provides easy-to-understand and helpful information about dementia and connects readers to many sources of support.

Visit the library to read our copy.
Looking for Spooky Things to Do?

OVL Interviews Hilary Sandler from the
UMASS Cranberry Station
Veteran's Day Walk
*Registration required*

Wednesday, November 11 | 11 AM | Meet on the library lawn
Join us as we walk through the village and talk about the Osterville veterans and visit their monuments.

The walk starts at the library gazebo (the library will be closed) and will be led by Osterville historian Paul Chesbro and Osterville Village Library Director Cyndy Cotton, with a special dedication to David Richardson at Armstrong-Kelley Park.
Last Day to Submit Pumpkins for Pumpkin Contest

Today is the last day to bring in your pumpkin if you want it included in our contest!

Come check out a pumpkin from the library, carve or decorate your pumpkin at home (any way you'd like) and return it to us by October 24th. Voting will take place October 24th-29th. You'll be able to take your pumpkin home on October 30th, and winners will be announced on October 31st. ⁣
Ribbons will be awarded for funniest, spookiest, storybook/literary, and most BOO-tiful! ⁣
Limit of one pumpkin checkout per family, but feel free to purchase your own pumpkin(s) to submit. Supplies are limited so call 508-428-5757, email ofl_mail@clamsnet.org, or stop by to reserve a pumpkin before they're gone!⁣
Thank you to Beacon Gardens for generously donating these beautiful pumpkins.
Looking for Help with Homework or Projects?

Check out Gale In Context, a database full of virtual resources for elementary, middle school, and high school students. These easy-to-use resources seamlessly integrate trusted content with curriculum-aligned materials that span core subjects.

Need information on the 50 states? Try Gale In Context: Elementary.

Need facts about the biology of the human body? Try Gale In Context: Middle School.

Need peer-reviewed primary sources for a paper on Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Try Gale In Context: High School.

These are just a few examples of the valuable resources that Gale In Context can provide. See what you can learn today!
Make a Card for a Veteran

Until October 31 | Anne Williams McGraw Community Room
The American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces is asking you to help create cards to celebrate veterans in our community for Veterans Day! ⁣ ⁣

We will be collecting these cards until October 31 and distributing them on Veterans Day, November 11. Please drop by our station to make one and show your support!

Please include statements of gratitude, words of encouragement, drawings, colors, quotes, and your name and town. Cards can be submitted in person to the OVL or mailed to Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, 101 Station Landing, Suite 510, Medford, MA 02155.
Town of Barnstable Voting Information
Virtual Cookie Recipe Swap
*Registration required*

Starting November 27 | Virtual
The entire staff at the Osterville Village Library invites you to join in our virtual cookie and recipe swap that begins on November 27th and culminates with a Zoom virtual cookie and recipe swap on December 9th at 5:00 PM.

At the end of the Zoom gathering, one lucky participant will win a $50.00 gift certificate that supports one of our local merchants.

To join in the fun after November 27th:

  1. Bake any one of your amazing favorite cookie recipes (yes, bar-like cookies are great too!)
  2. Email us ofl_mail@clamsnet.org a photo, recipe, and any stories related to your cookie. We will post these on our website and enter you into our drawing for a gift certificate that supports one of our local merchants.
  3. Get social! Follow us on FB and Instagram, post a photo of your cookies, and use the hashtag #ovlcookies.
  4. Our OVL virtual cookbook group invites participants to share their cookies at their Zoom gathering on December 9th at 5:00 PM. The drawing for a gift certificate that supports one of our local merchants will take place at 6:00 PM. Participants do not need to attend the Zoom gathering to win. Winner will be notified via email.

Bakers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. We will have books and STEM activities related to cooking available in our Children's Room.
Fun and Learning for the Family
OVL Annual Meeting

November 9 | 5 PM | Virtual
Please email Cyndy Cotton at cyndycotton@clamsnet.org if you'd like to attend.
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, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Wednesdays with Wendy

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

But all are welcome!

Audrey and Emma read on alternating Tuesdays at 2 PM

Sue reads on Fridays at 11 AM
Virtual Tour of the Great Barrier Reef
In this free virtual experience, you'll learn from expert David Attenborough all about the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Click here to start.
Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*
Thursday, October 29
Friday, October 30

Monday, November 9
Tuesday, November 10
Monday, November 23

Monday, December 14
Tuesday, December 15
Tuesday, December 29

Check the Red Cross website for times and appointments.
Letters About Literature
Submissions are now open for the Massachusetts Letters About Literature program.

Letters About Literature in Massachusetts is a commonwealth-wide personal and reflective writing initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The program invites students in Grades 4 through 12 to read a book of their choice, reflect on it, and write a personal letter to its author, explaining the impact this work had on them.

Letters may be submitted individually by students or by teachers, librarians, or writing centers. Entries will be accepted online or in hardcopy from October 1, 2020 until January 15, 2021. There is an awards celebration each year at the Massachusetts State House.

For more information and guidelines, please see the Letters About Literature site.

Virtual Cookbook Group

First Wednesday of every month | 5 PM | Virtually via Zoom
Did you know that the Osterville Village Library has a virtual cookbook group? For more information click here.

Join us for our November 4th meeting. We will be cooking and discussing Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

Email us: ofl_mail@clamsnet.org to reserve a copy of the cookbook of the month and Zoom link/password for the meeting. 
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.
Grab and go worksheets

We add different sheets to our display regularly so come pick up a couple to keep the kids active and engaged!

We try to keep a mixture of outdoor activities, crafts, and educational activities.

The book store is open

We have started accepting donations of very gently used books that were published in the last 3 years.

That means the book store is open and stocked, so come look around! As a reminder, the book store is open whenever the library is open.
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655