Imagine going to your public library to check out a telescope. Not a book on telescopes — an actual telescope! One of the most exciting things in amateur astronomy is how a club in New England started a library telescope-loaning program that is catching on in communities around the country.
It all began in 2008 with a $200 donation from a library for which the New Hampshire Astronomical Society (NHAS) had conducted a public observing session. Since the club is a nonprofit, member Marc Stowbridge used the money to buy a loanable telescope for neighborhood libraries. He chose the library over the local schools because the former is in the business of lending out material and is open all year.
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