What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
TODAY! Capt'n Cod's Bear Cove at OVL

Saturday, April 24 | 11 AM-2 PM
End vacation with the Bear Cove at the Osterville Village Library! Choose a new stuffed animal pal from over 30 super-soft cuties. Add clothes and accessories before bringing your new friend home! You'll love the magic and memory of visiting the Bear Cove!
Saturday, May 1: Book Signing with Nicole Donovan and J. M. Crawford

Saturday, May 1 | 10 AM-1 PM | Gazebo
Authors Nicole Donovan, A Life Suspended, and J. M. Crawford, Choices, will be at the Osterville Village Library gazebo for a book signing. Bring a copy of their books to get them signed! Don't have a copy yet? They will have them on-hand to purchase. Stop by and say hello!
Book Signing with Ayanna Parrent,
Author of "Becoming Free"

Saturday, May 8 | 10 AM-2 PM
Ayanna Parrent is many things: mother, daughter, sister, wife, POUND Pro, life coach, recovering alcoholic, survivor. Born into a family dynamic struggling to find its foundation, Ayanna resolved not to become like her own mother, an addict who walked a fine line between fierce inspiration and neglectful parent, until the moment she realized that was exactly who she’d become. But despite Ayanna’s own traumatic past, there was within her a spark of hope that finally ignited when a breakthrough occurred during her second time in rehab. That spark helped Ayanna to conceive of and create a business model that is destined to change the face of recovery. It’s all about Becoming Free.
Exciting New Spring Games and Activities
2021 Experience Osterville Guide and Web App
The 2021 guide will soon be available in 3 formats:
  • full color print edition
  • online virtual magazine format with hyperlinks
  • app version with hyperlinks to websites and the option of push notifications. 

Keep an eye out for the full release soon!
Art Exhibit: Cape Cod Visual Artists Cooperative
Pictured above is "Rose Garden" by Lew Schwartz, VAC chairperson

This spring, stop by to peruse our Main Meeting Room art exhibit featuring the Cape Cod Visual Artists Cooperative (CCVAC). CCVAC is a group of local artists residing on Cape Cod who work in all visual media and exhibit in group shows. Learn more about the CCVAC at www.ccvac.art.
Part 2: Recycling and Composting on Cape Cod
Want to recycle RIGHT and reduce your waste? Watch our interview with Kari Parcell, Barnstable County’s Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator, about the state of Cape Cod's waste and what you can do to help.

Barnstable County is committed to facilitating regional cooperation to find solutions that reduce trash and increase recycling. Removing and disposing of trash from Cape Cod is expensive and harmful to the environment. Barnstable County’s Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator provides Cape Cod’s fifteen towns with technical assistance on a variety of issues related to waste reduction and recycling.

If you missed part 1, check it out here.
New Database: Mometrix Test Prep
Mometrix Test Prep is the world’s largest curated collection of educational materials for helping individuals pass high-stakes standardized tests. They offer more than 3,500 products covering over 1,500 different standardized exams, and frequently update and curate their collection to ensure it contains the latest test prep information.
42nd Cape Cod 5k Run for the Library is Virtual!
The Osterville Village Library needs your support! Join us and our race/walk participants in support of your library and its service to our community. Your funds will support the vital operations of the library. There are four different categories this year, with great registration gifts!

Here's how to participate in the 42nd Annual Cape Cod 5k:
  • Use the Register button below and pick the appropriate category
  • Sign up to fundraise and do good while you train for the walk 
  • Between May 1st and July 18th, run or walk, indoors or outside
  • When you are done, submit your race time
  • Spread the word, share your achievement with your friends, and don’t forget to tag us on Facebook @OstervilleVillageLibrary #OVLcc5k
Win a New 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
The 29th annual car raffle is on! Tickets are available online or in person at the library. Only 1,199 tickets will be sold, and last year sold out! Get your tickets before the drawing on August 28. Tickets make great gifts!
Join Our Latest Reading Challenge: Spring Into Reading
Register at ostervillevillagelibrary.beanstack.org or download the beanstack app to track your reading.

Some lucky readers in our Spring Into Reading challenge will be eligible to win prizes!

You can join more than one challenge, and your reading can count for all your challenges!
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: Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler, narrated by Gregg
For Kids: From Here to There: Inventions that Changed the Way the World Moves by Vivian Kirkfield and Pete Cross, narrated by Wendy
Important COVID-19 Vaccination Changes
People age 16 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts are now eligible to be vaccinated. Over the coming weeks, vaccine availability at select pharmacy locations is expected to increase substantially.

Barnstable County is transitioning to the new, state-run vaccine pre-registration system, called Color. In order to get a first-dose vaccine appointment at one of the clinics, you must pre-register through the Mass.gov website. Simply click the link below:
Once you are pre-registered, the system will alert you via your preferred form of communication (phone, email, or text) when there is an opportunity for you to schedule an appointment.
Guidance For People Who Are Fully Vaccinated
Against COVID-19
COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized in the United States are very effective at protecting vaccinated people against severe COVID-19. Until more people are vaccinated, prevention measures will continue to be necessary for all people, even people who have been fully vaccinated.
Talk with Kip Diggs, State Representative for 2nd Barnstable District
Kip Diggs, State Representative for 2nd Barnstable District, is at the OVL for open office hours every Tuesday from 10 AM-12 PM.
Last Call for Artists for Plein Air & Le Jardin
This year's 3rd Annual Plein Air & Le Jardin event is already underway with an exciting lineup of artists. We invite you to participate in this exclusive event.

The fundraiser will consist of around 20 artists that will paint various destinations in and around this picturesque village. Artists will choose among predetermined painting locations and also have the opportunity to start their painting beforehand and finish it on the day of the fundraiser.

We will also be featuring window boxes and planters this year to make the event even more colorful and festive.

This is a great opportunity to show your work in a highly sought after demographic while helping a 138-year Cape Cod educational and cultural institution.
2021 Beach Sticker Information
You can apply online, or you can download a form to mail in to get a 2021 beach sticker. A copy of your registration is required--come make a copy at the library, open 7 days a week.
Grab & Go Crafts
Every week they change! There's always something fun and engaging for the kids.

On display with the crafts are plenty of related books to check out and read.
Volunteers Needed
Are you into astronomy or lawn games?
We are looking for volunteer(s) to help with our star gazing at Dowses Beach and to assist with yard games this summer. Email cyndycotton@clamsnet.org if interested!
Attention Collectors of Rare, Old Books:
This One's For You!
The OVL will be providing a list of NEW donations available for purchase, to be updated regularly. Books will be researched for current selling prices, however, OVL will entertain any reasonable offer for the books.  


Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition
Unabridged, William Allan Neilson, Thomas A. Knott, Paul W. Carhart, G&C Merriam Co., Springfield MA; 1945 - 2 copies online selling for $149 and $250

Seaweeds, Charles James Hillson
A Color-Coded Illustrated Guide to Common Marine Plants of the East Coast of the 
United States; Keystone Books, The Pennsylvania State University Press, University
Park and London; 1977, internet prices: $62.70 and $85.49. Copy is missing cover

Holy Bible, King James Authorized Version
Arranged by Subject, Scriptural Verse and Page; color maps, paintings. Holman Press
Large book (12”x9-3/4”) Mint Condition $36.50

Howitt, Cook and Landon 
Poetical Works of Mary Howitt, Eliza Cook and L.E.L. A new edition 1851;
Boston: Philipps, Sampson, & Co. 110 Washington Street. Searched extensively 
online could not find exact version.

Shelley’s Poetical Works
The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley; First American Edition (Complete) Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Co. New York: James C. Derby 1854. No online version found.
The See of Peter, Shotwell and Loomis
Records of Civilization Sources and Studies edited by James T.Shotwell; Louise Ropes Loomis copyright 1927 by Columbia University Press; The Plimpton Press, Norwood, Mass. Only one book (1991) found on Amazon selling for $186
Gidget, Frederick Kohner
The little girl with big ideas. 1957 selling on eBay for $95.
Share Your Pandemic Story
Open submissions throughout the duration of the pandemic
Postcards From a Pandemic
Call for submissions!
Open submissions throughout the duration of the pandemic

In collaboration with the William Brewster Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives, the Cape Pandemic Postcards Project is documenting this unprecedented moment for future generations through your essays, stories, poems, and images that capture the social, emotional, spiritual, and economic impact of COVID-19.

Become part of Cape Cod history!
This collection will capture a diverse cross section of voices, each contributing a unique perspective on how our lives on Cape Cod evolved throughout the duration of the pandemic. In addition to the archive, we are planning to publish an anthology (all proceeds will be donated to a local charity).

Be part of this community-wide endeavor! All residents of all ages are encouraged to participate!

How to Share Your Story

To submit your work, upload via this link*:

For more details, or to browse the current collection, visit our Cape Pandemic Postcards web page via www.nickersonarchives.org
Follow us on Facebook: @capepandemicpostcards
For more information, contact us at capepandemicpostcards@gmail.com

*You will need to sign into your Google account (Gmail). Contact us if you do not have access to Gmail and need help.
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: 

Please Support Our Osterville Businesses
Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*

Wednesday, May 12
Thursday, May 13

Check the Red Cross website for times and appointments.
The OVL Chronicles Our Commitment to the Community During the Pandemic
Follow the OVL as we chronicle our response to the pandemic in support of our community. This video covers our work from the day we were mandated to close to the day we could reopen and remain open in service to our community and to enhance the lives of our residents.
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 9-5
Tuesday 10-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-4
Sunday 12-4

Subject to change as we work through opening guidelines and new procedures.
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655