A Library Telescope is a telescope owned by a library that can be borrowed just like a book. Usually it’s a modified Orion 4.5” StarBlast Reflector Telescope.
What better way to bring astronomy to the youth of today, than to give them access to a quality telescope? Having a parent, or other adult, borrow the telescope and amaze a child with views of the Moon or a planet, could make a lasting impression. Maybe even lead to a career in astronomy or some other science.
Adults can be amazed by views through a telescope, as well. I have no evidence on this, but judging from my experience doing sidewalk astronomy, at least 3/4 of the population has never looked at the Moon or a planet through a telescope. A Library Telescope program can make it happen.
Hundreds of libraries across the United States have Library Telescope programs that have been remarkably successful. A library can get a telescope program going for under $400. The telescope is modified in various ways so it is less likely to be damaged and parts are less likely to be lost.
Another part of a Library Telescope program is a Foster Parent (LTFP) for the telescope. This is someone with telescope experience that helps the library with their program. Could you be a LTFP?
Does Your Library Have a Library Telescope Program? NO!?!?
You should fix that.
Ask your local library if they have a program. Better yet, ask 5 or 6 local libraries if they have a program. If they say no, explain the program to them and refer them to www.LibraryTelescope.org.
I want to say how excited I am to be a part of www.LibraryTelescope.org. I am grateful to Don Ficken and Marc Stowbridge for inviting me to participate in this great website.
I hope to do 1 or 2 postings a month on this blog and I sure hope someone enjoys reading them.