Aquinnah: Library events in winter

— Kyra Steck

I hope everyone had good holidays and a peaceful start to the New Year. Most of all I hope that we all stay healthy this year. The holidays passed by in a bit of a blur, not because we were particularly busy but because every day was pretty much the same. There were some highlights like watching the kids of Aquinnah get a gift from Santa on the fire truck, while everyone kept their distance of course. Seeing some people visiting like Ella Mahoney and her dad, Michael. I saw Noah Kausch and his dad Tim preparing to go for a bike ride and Noah told me that the last time he went for a ride he found a rusty penknife on the path. It was clearly a piece of treasure to him and he was so excited about finding it. I walk regularly in Aquinnah and all I find is trash, maybe I’m looking at it wrong, maybe it is all treasure.

Thank goodness for our library, keeping the lights on during this pandemic. They are open for contactless pickup Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. You can call or email them with requests, I prefer calling so I can catch up with the library ladies and see how everyone is doing. They have put together some creative programming for the gray month of January. First off, Jannette Vanderhoop is teaching a free virtual yoga class the next three Saturdays in January at 10 am. This is a class for all ages and levels of ability, class will be held Jan. 9, 16, and 23. The library is also offering a beginner knitting class on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and 26 at 5 pm. Materials for a beginner knitting project are provided. To register for either class email Lastly, the next virtual book group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 3 pm to discuss “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, email to register.

As always, ACE MV is offering up some good intellectual stimulation and practical training in the New Year. The first is a 10-week online course for three undergraduate credits (you can take the class even if you are not looking for credit) titled Issues of Race, Diversity & Oppression. This class is specifically designed for educators, behavioral health professionals, and people looking to understand the history of racism and oppression better. If your company is requiring more diversity training, this class might be just what you are looking for. It is taught in conjunction with Fitchburg State University and will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6 pm. If your New Year’s resolution is to write that book that has been floating around in your mind, then you are in luck; beginning Jan. 20, ACE will offer How to Write A Book Proposal. Later in January, the Offshore Wind Technician Certificate Program will begin. Go to for more information on all their classes and how to register.

Happy belated birthday to Olive and Violet MacPhail who turned 15 on Dec. 30. I hope you are continuing the good work of teenagers everywhere by making your parents worry more than they ever thought possible and making them feel completely irrelevant at the same time. Thank you to Santa and all the elves in Aquinnah for bringing some Christmas cheer to families on Christmas Eve morning. I know everyone worked really hard to make sure that kids here got to see Santa and get a present. Thank you, Mother Nature, for cooperating with decent weather. Please everyone stay well so that next year we can gather in Town Hall at holiday time and tell stories of how we have survived the past couple of years.

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