A grassroots team of experienced library telescope program volunteers has joined together to support the expansion of the "Library Telescope" program across the USA and even internationally. Each of our team members volunteer their time without pay because they feel strongly that the library telescope program is an exciting way to introduce the general public to the wonders of astronomy and space science, and an innovative way for libraries to expand their offering to the public.
Below is our list of team members who meet regularly to support our librarytelescope.org website, social media accounts and answer questions from libraries, astronomy clubs and other enthusiasts who are interested in launching or supporting the Library Telescope Program. Check our Blogs section to see articles by many of these volunteers.
If you are interested in joining our team as a volunteer, please feel free to Contact us.
Marc Stowbridge is a member of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society and is the founder of the Library Telescope Program. He lives in central New Hampshire and is a retired family therapist. He has always enjoyed science and teaching, having started college as science education major before changing to psychology. Astronomy has been an interest ever since childhood, when he watched the first satellites crossing the sky.
Tom Lynch is an amateur astronomer who lives in Lynbrook on Long Island under the light polluted skies of the New York City suburbs. He is a 20+ year member of the Amateur Observers' Society of New York and a sidewalk astronomer. He also works with libraries on Long Island in developing their Library Telescope programs.
Mark Boyd is a member of the Monticello Minnesota Rotary Club. He has worked with the Rotary Club to implement the Library Telescope Program into Minnesota Area schools.
Don Ficken is an amateur astronomer who lives is St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is retired business executive who belongs to two astronomy clubs, the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, and manages the St. Louis area library telescope program that has grown to over 160 telescopes.