St. Louis County Library will add 10 telescopes to its collection for group programs and personal check-out. One telescope has been donated by the St. Louis Astronomical Society (SLAS) to the library; the library purchased the remaining nine. Beginning Nov. 10, individuals with a St. Louis County Library card will be able to check-out telescopes at the following branches: Headquarters, Daniel Boone, Florissant Valley, Tesson Ferry and Lewis & Clark.
SLAS will provide a total of 17 Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch telescopes to the participating St. Louis area library systems. Each telescope is modified by SLAS to be more durable and patron-friendly and is equipped with everything needed to explore the night sky: a user manual, constellation guide, moon map, lens cleaner, night light and a storage pouch. SLAS will provide the libraries with on-going educational support and telescope maintenance.
Throughout the year, SLCL and other participating libraries will host star parties where the public can learn more about astronomy and how telescopes can be used to explore planets, the moon and other objects in the night sky.
For additional information on the Library Telescope Program, please contact St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org.
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