What's happening next at the Osterville Village Library?
Thanksgiving will look and feel a little different this year, but we hope you find a way to celebrate and enjoy the day! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the OVL.

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.

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Traditions in Boston
with Anthony Sammarco
The Osterville Village Library presents Anthony Sammarco and his new book, Thanksgiving Traditions in Boston. Anthony Sammarco is a noted historian and author of more than sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city.
An Interview with Chief Winn of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department
Check out this interview with Chief Winn for an update on the current COVID-19 surge, what you can do to help, and what COMM is doing to protect themselves while serving the community.
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.
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.
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*

Sustainable Package Design
As the world population grows, we need to consider the impact our habits have on the environment and planet. Package design is a key concern of the future for companies to reduce waste created by packaging. Learn about this important field and build knowledge and skills on the principles of sustainable package design. Learn strategies to reduce waste and get the opportunity to come up with your own solutions for how we can make less trash to help our planet.

  • Date: December 5, 2020
  • Time: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Grades: 5-7 

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
The OVL is an official Toys for Tots drop off location again this year, so if you're able, please donate a new, unwrapped toy this month or next month. Your donation will go to a needy child in our community this Christmas, and there are few things more precious than that.
Winter Coat Drive
Help us collect gently worn or new winter coats for men, women, and children and new mittens, gloves, and winter socks to benefit those less fortunate in the community.

The OVL's donation box will be out until December 31, so stop by with donations whenever the library is open!
Get Started with Genealogy and Ancestry
Many of us won't be able to spend the holidays with our families this year. But that doesn't mean we can't find other ways to connect with them!

In this interview with David Martin of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, you'll learn tips for getting started investigating your ancestry, how to interview family members about their ancestry, and what to do with the information you find.

Download the Genealogy Questionnaire and interview a family member.

(The Osterville Village Library also provides access to the Ancestry database for free, but only on library computers, not from home.)
Borrow a Board Game (or Two!)
Did you know you can borrow board games from the library? We have a wide range of games, from Cat Bingo to Cribbage to Harry Potter Clueand even an Escape Room in a Box!

They're perfect for a family night in, or to keep busy and entertained during school vacations and holidays. All you need is a library card, and you'll have a 2-week borrowing period for the game.
In Case You Missed It: Veterans Day Tour and Dedication

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!
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 1 at 2 PM

Grab and Go Worksheets and Craft Bags
We continue to add different worksheets to our display regularly and have new crafts for the to-go bags every few days, so come pick up a couple to keep the kids active and engaged!

We keep a mixture of outdoor activities, crafts, and educational activities for your little ones.
Upcoming Blood Drives at the OVL
*Registration required*
Monday, November 23

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

Check the Red Cross website for times and appointments.
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.
The Book Store Is Open and We Are Accepting Donations
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.
Sam Barber's Art on Display
When you come to grab your items, don't forget to browse local artist Sam Barber's magnificent art in our Art Hallway and History Room.
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655