A couple of local astronomy clubs are teaming up with the Hayner Public Library District to purchase telescopes for a new program. First developed in New Hampshire in 2008, a telescope “checkout” program has spread across the country, and Hayner is one of a handful of library districts in the St. Louis region set to get the equipment.
Amateur astronomer Eddie Agha, who hosts astronomy programs at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, tells The Big Z the program has been wildly successful everywhere it has been tried.
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The program takes advantage of the public library system infrastructure to place telescopes in local public libraries for circulation just like a book. Library patrons age eighteen-years or older with a valid library card are able to check out a telescope for seven days. The program at Hayner is scheduled to begin May 15th.