More resources for you until we can resume all of our Osterville Library in-person services.
The 2020
is now out 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.

Read the articles and view the ads of the business that generously support your library. With 'hot-links' you are one click away from their website! Please support these trusted local businesses.

Print version will be available in late May.

For Osterville Families, a resident has generously offered her experience & expertise to assist you with a plan for
Help Homeschooling
Students with Special Needs
Her name is Petra Schaefer and she is a former School Psychologist, who has worked in a public school system and as a college director providing students with accommodations.
Teaching a child at home comes with its own set of challenges and these challenges may often be magnified for students with special needs. She believe that together we can help ease the apprehension and stress experienced while homeschooling during this pandemic. As a parent of three boys, Petra understand first hand the joys and struggles of parenting and completing school work at home.
Petra would like to volunteer her services to support the community of special learners in Osterville. She is available to collaborate with you to create a happy learning environment and guidelines for teaching your student at home. Should you need ideas on how to support your child in staying engaged, organized and happy to learn, she would be delighted to help you!
If you are interested, please send
·   your name
·   best mode of contact-either email or phone/best time
·   your child’s grade and age
·   brief description of your desired outcomes
Osterville Helps has added a new service in response to Social Distancing. If you are lonely and just want to have a conversation PLEASE reach out, or call 972-539-6427.
One-way books still going strong!

We continue to fill carts with kids and adults books, DVDs, and puzzles from the library bookstore. They are in front of the library under the farmers porch, available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Help yourself while exercising the recommended social precautions, sanitize items, and please do not return the books back to the library! 

New books are added daily. Over 1600 items given away to date!

We ran out of Children's Books, if anyone has any very good condition kids book to donate please email
New Online resources for kids & adults at home
To fulfill our mission to foster life-long learning, while the building is closed, here are some opportunities to try something new while we are separated.

More fun and educational links to for kids and adults

The Digital Public Library of America is an online collection of over 36 million free digital materials from libraries, archives and museums. Its digital exhibitions and primary sources cover everything from the 1918 influenza pandemic to the golden age of comic books .

Want to be part of a Virtual Cookbook Book Club ? For many of us, it is hard trying to come up with interesting meals from our own kitchens with limited ingredients. Since we must be apart right now, let’s explore different cookbooks, cook, and share our experience together. The Circulation Manager and Cataloger are teaming up to create a virtual cookbook club ! Let us know if you are interested in joining the fun!  Email

Do UFOs fascinate you? Are you a history buff who wants to learn more about the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam or the A-12 Oxcart? Have stories about spies always fascinated you? You can find information about all of these topics and more in the C entral Intelligence Agency (CIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden provides highlight from one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Home Safari Resources

5 Best Kids Yoga Videos on YouTube - Get Started

12 May Day Baskets You Can Make - Get Started

Crosswords, Word Searches and Other Games for Harry Potter Fans - Get Started

What to do with all those t-shirt from cleaning out your closet? How to make a no sew t-shirt blanket. - Get Started

Ever wanted to go inside Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater ? Now's your chance (even if the US is on lockdown) thanks to a new series of digital tours. Visit Fallingwate r

Educators at the K ennedy Space Center are hosting  periodic live videos  about all things space, from daily life as an astronaut to a look at the moon rock collection. Upcoming videos are announced on the Facebook page. Click Here

News from around the Town

Town of Barnstable Newsletter from April 24th - Read Now

Since David Bogan is unable to hold hours at the library, you can direct your questions or comments for the Osterville Town Councilor through email, he can be reached at

Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, the Transfer Station and Recycling Center will be temporarily closing the facility on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 4, 2020. Also, the Recycling Area at the Town of Barnstable’s Transfer Station will be temporarily closed through May 4, 2020. More info.

New due dates for the following real estate and personal property bills, motor vehicle excise bills, water and sewer utility bills, and exemption and deferral applications:

Fourth Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills:
  • Original Due Date: May 1, 202 - New Due Date: June 1, 2020

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes:
  • Any bills issued with a due date of March 10, 2020, or later are now due on June 1, 2020, regardless of the due date printed on the bill  

Water and Sewer Utility Bills:
Town of Barnstable Finance Director further clarification regarding payment of Water Utility Bills and Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Bills.  Click here for full notice >
  • Any bills issued with a due date of March 10, 2020, or later are now due on June 1, 2020, regardless of the due date printed on the bill  

Property Tax Personal Exemption and Tax Deferral Applications:
  • Original Due Date: April 1, 2020   - Extended Due Date: June 1, 2020

More information from the Town of Barnstable - Click Here


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. Amies Bakery, Crisp too , Pineapple Caper, 3 Wianno , Osterville Fish , Pizza One Subs Two

Check our Facebook page for interviews with local people on home schooling, dealing with kids at home, photo capturing COVID-19 on Cape Cod, and lots more.

For COVID-19 information you can trust, please visit:

In case you missed, back by popular demand. Since we have had so much rain, why not plant a Rain Garden. It is attractive and good for the environment.
If you would like to explore starting your own rain garden follow this link for help and plant list.
Available free through the Osterville Library website
There are over 4000 classes to choose from, here are some that might be helpful now f or families, parents and or caregivers.

Need an Osterville Library card?
Call the library week-days and we can get you one over the phone!
If you're 60+ or immunocompromised, visit the Osterville Helps website or respond to this email to get connected to a helper who can deliver your essentials to you.

Any questions, please contact Cyndy Cotton
43 Wianno Ave.
Osterville, MA 02655