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Bar Harbor library debuts new telescope program

Posted Jan. 07, 2013, at 8:22 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — Everyone can reach the stars, or at least get a better look at some heavenly objects, thanks to a new program at the Jesup Memorial Library, which now has a telescope that can be checked out and taken home, just like a book or DVD.

“Since the Jesup’s future plans include providing a place for people to use and learn about various technologies, having a telescope didn’t seem a stretch to me,” said Ruth Eveland, director of the Jesup. “The library has always been a place for people to learn. We’re simply providing a new tool to help.” The telescope will be unveiled to the public at a special event at the library on Thursday, Jan. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come see and use the telescope, learn about the library lending telescope program, and take part in Astronomy 101.

Cornerstones of Science, a Brunswick-based nonprofit, is providing the telescope – which was paid for with a private grant – and will provide hands-on training for library staff and on-going support to the library.

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