Novice home astronomers are sure to be excited about new and expanded telescope check-out programs at their local libraries this summer.
Beginning May 29, St. Charles City-County Library District patrons will have the opportunity to borrow a telescope from one of seven area branches. Each branch will have one telescope available for one-week use. Telescopes will only be released to an adult library cardholder with a limit of one per household. Families interested in checking out a telescope may call a staff member to place a reserve. Visit youranswerplace.org for information on availability.
The program was made possible by the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri. Telescopes will include a quick-start guide, night light and constellation guide.
"We expect a great many of our customers will be spending their evenings star gazing," said St. Charles City-County Library District Director Jim Brown. "This service provides a tremendous opportunity for families to experience the beauty of the night sky together."
While the St. Louis County Library District has offered a similar program since November 2014, they are expanding their popular telescope check-out program to include nine branches and recently increased their inventory to 12 telescopes. The Borrow a Telescope program is available to adult library cardholders for a seven-day loan period. Borrowers will receive the necessary instruction to operate the equipment and even hints on where to find constellations. Call 314-994-3300 or visit a branch circulation desk to request a telescope. Visit the district's website to find participating branches.