Experience Osterville

The 2023 Experience Osterville book is at the printers!

Experience Osterville is the sought after guide, now in its 11th year. 

Welcome to the Osterville Village Library.

Your first thought might be, “Wow, what a big library for a small village.” It is. In fact, the library is “big” in a variety of ways. Most important, the Osterville Village Library is big in vision, scope and spirit. This library plays a big role in making a significant contribution to people’s lives. First, permit us to dispel at least two commonly held myths.

Number one, this library doesn’t cost the taxpayers millions due to its size. This is due to the fact three quarters of our annual funding is self-generated. That means we work hard to secure 75 cents of every dollar we spend in order to serve the community.

Number two, someone once said libraries will soon be obsolete. The folks who line up outside our front and back doors at opening time seven days a week apparently are unaware of this supposed fact. The dozens of patrons who use library WiFi, printers, scanners and our computers for public use must have missed that bulletin as well.

The Osterville Village Library hosted over 1000 programs, meetings and events last year, and whereas these events are also streamed for the at – home audience, OVL’s Youtube page boasts thousands of hits. Seems we have dozens, hundreds and thousands of patrons returning to this library in some way, shape or form time and time again. Who knew? We did.

It’s no small measure of work, although it may be a labor of love. Our satisfaction as stewards of what is a nearly 150-year-old institution resides in knowing we have assisted and enriched the lives of individuals, families and allied non-profits who in turn contribute their part to the community at large.

The Osterville Village Library is an extension of the community. Our work, and our purpose aligns with the modern definition of what a library is and does for the people it serves. We’re more than books. Think in terms of blood drives, free tax prep services, shelter from inclement weather during power outages, coats and toys for kids who have none, programs and events designed to foster community inclusion, art exhibits, concerts, parades, cappuccinos and parties.

If that sounds more like a community center than a library, you begin to get the picture. A community center with best sellers, periodicals, computer services, printing capability and a qualified staff to assist you every step of the way. That’s what a library is in 2023.

Thank you for helping us make it all possible.

Cyndy Cotton
Executive Director

PS Print addition will be available mid May, online version now.


Amy Harwood and Tara jones joined Experience Osterville
Nov 24
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Nov 24
Experience Osterville posted an event

Nov 20, 2023 at 1:00pm

Osterville Village Library

Nov 20
Experience Osterville posted an event

Dec 9, 2023 from 11:00am to 11:30am

Calvin C. Gould Library Lawn

Nov 20
Experience Osterville posted a blog post
As the amber hues of autumn blend into the festive air of the holiday season, it's a time to pause and reflect on the many blessings we share in our close-knit community. Thanksgiving, a time-honored tradition, offers us a moment to express…
Nov 20
Christofer Palasinski is now a member of Experience Osterville
Nov 19
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Oct 17
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Experience Osterville posted an event

Dec 8, 2023 at 9:00am to Dec 10, 2023 at 2:00pm

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Oct 16
Experience Osterville posted a blog post
Hello,  Osterville residents and visitors!
Can you feel that gentle nip in the air, the slight crunch of leaves beneath your feet, and soon the vibrant tapestry of colors painting our trees? Yes, fall is upon us, and what a season it promises to…
Sep 30
Mike K commented on Experience Osterville's blog post Memorial Day Weekend 2023
"Early Osterville - Edith M. Crosby's Dry Goods Store - Later to become the beloved Charlie's "Penny Candy" General Store through the 1970's.   "
Sep 28
Mike K commented on Experience Osterville's blog post The Fox Hole
"Oh, and I found it particularly interesting that the trees were beyond the sidewalk and actually in the roadway!  Added protection for pedestrians, I suppose, whether intended or not."
Sep 28
Mike K commented on Experience Osterville's blog post The Fox Hole
"Well, it's from a postcard postmarked 1913. The particular format-style of the postcard was printed between 1907 and 1915, So I'd reason to guess it was between 1907 and 1913. Of course the photo could have been taken much earlier and transfered to…"
Sep 28
Experience Osterville commented on Experience Osterville's blog post The Fox Hole
"what an amazing picture! What year s that from?"
Sep 28
Experience Osterville posted a photo
Lots of great dress!
Sep 27
Mike K liked Experience Osterville's blog post Hit the Road, Osterville walks, waking and bike routes
Sep 26