Online Learning at Osterville Village Library


  • All you need is your CLAMS card, it MUST be an Osterville CLAMS card, (a CLAMS card issued at the Osterville Library) to log in.
  • Registration is required to keep track of your place in classes and provide a certificate upon completion of a class.
  • OVL is the FIRST library in Massachusetts to offer this resource at no cost to our patrons.
  • If you do not have a CLAMS card please feel free to stop by the Osterville Library to get one. You can also access Udemy databases anytime from the computers at our library. OVL is open 7 days a week.

LOGIN HERE:  Udemy Video Courses

Self Guided Programs

Self Guided Tour of Osterville Monuments - download Memorial Day

New: Genealogy Questionnaire - download - Genealogy questionnaire
Genealogy Pedigree Sheet - download - genealogy pedigree


Book recommendations

What children’s book do you think adults should read (or reread)? First, try to guess as many titles as you can, and then check out these lists:

33 children's books everyone should read

24 iconic children's books you should still read, even if you're a grown up

Now, go find some of these titles and start reading! You can look for these books on OverDrive, an OVL-sponsored service that allows you to borrow and instantly download ebooks and audiobooks.

Junior Literary Guild

Junior Literary Guild is making their JLG@Home services available to the online public, no usernames or passwords needed. A treasure trove of quality books for children and teens, JLG has always been a go-to resource for librarians, traditional educators, and homeschooling parents.

In addition to their ebooks for elementary, middle, and high schoolers, JLG offers a binge-worthy collection of on-demand webcasts.

Virtual Tours

The San Diego Zoo has a website for adults and also one just for kids, featuring animal profiles, fun facts, stories, videos, crafts and activities, games, and conservation information.

Yellowstone National Park interactive maps 

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager webcam

“Jellycam” at Monterey Bay Aquarium 

Virtual tour of the National Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium has a 30-minute video tour

Farm Fresh 360 (Canadian farm and food tours)

Virtual egg farm field trips from the American Egg Board

Star Atlas: explore over 60,000 stars, locate planets, and watch sunrises and solar eclipses

The U.S. Geological Survey interactive map allows you to click on and learn about any volcano in the country

The Nature Conservancy offers 11 virtual field trips that allow students to do everything from exploring a coastal rainforest while in a canoe to unlocking the secrets of coral reefs in the Dominican Republic.

Discovery Education hosts a variety of virtual events—each with a companion guide with hands-on learning activities. 

“Walk” through all three floors of the Boston Children’s Museum on this virtual tour.

The National Museum of Natural History’s virtual experiences are self-guided, room-by-room tours of permanent, current, and past exhibits. 

Experience The Metropolitan Museum of Art online with any of the 26 online galleries.

Additional online resources:

Arts and Crafts

You can review the full list of resources for children and teens on our website.

Storyline Online: This free site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home.

KidLit TV: KidLit TV is a website dedicated to fostering a love of reading in kids. There are all kinds of videos and crafts to go along with popular childrens’ books.

Free Arts and Crafts Resources for Home Learning: Check out this great article that's chock full of virtual field trips, interactive art games and activities, art projects and crafts, and more! (Thank you to our patrons, Emma and Liam, for sharing this resource so other families can enjoy the magic of art during a tough time!)



Big Library Read

Our global ebook club is an opportunity for readers all around the world to read the same book at the same time without waitlists or holds. Readers can even join the conversation using our online discussion board.

Horn Book Magazine’s Family Reading Guide: For guidance in choosing great books for your children and teens, check out the Horn Book Magazine’s Family Reading page. The page has already posted a current section called “Staying Home.”

Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic is prepared to help your students learn from home. To support the forward movement of education during these challenging times, we want to extend our line of Scholastic resources to support distance learning.

Step 1: Click link above (Open using Firefox or Chrome)

Step 2: Scroll down and select grade level that matches

Step 3: Select one of the units available

Step 4: You’ll be automatically transfered to that program where it will prompt you for a username/password

- Username: Learning20, Password: Clifford (case sensitive)

- Once in program, you can explore the unit

- Access will be available for several weeks

Reading Rainbow's Skybrary: Reading Rainbow’s Skybrary is a carefully curated, ever-expanding, interactive library of digital books and video explorations designed to engage young readers and foster a love of learning.