Library offers a view of the stars

7:32 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Jesup Memorial Library has plenty of books about space, but on Thursday night it will introduce a new program that will put it's visitors up close and personal with the stars.

The Bar Harbor library will now offer a telescope for patrons to sign out as part of its new program called I Spy The Sky. The telescope will be available for anyone with a library card the same way a book would be. Jesup's Director, Ruth Eveland, says the telescope is part of the libraries efforts to put new technologies in the hands of its visitors.

"This is where you actually get to take this tool and use it the way it's intended to be used and learn something," said Eveland.

The telescope was paid for with a private grant and was provided by the Brunswick-based nonprofit, Cornerstones of Science as part of its Library Telescope Program. 28 libraries across Maine have benefited from the program. According to Cornerstones Executive Director, Cindy Randall, the goal is to give the public the opportunity to take advantage of the sciences while helping to make their ideas a reality.

"By personalizing the science experience anything is possible," said Randall.

Jesup Memorial Library will be unveiling the telescope to the public Thursday night at 7PM. There will also be Astronomy 101 classes for folks who want to learn more about the program as well as how to use the new piece of equipment.


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