Library to host telescope workshop on Sept. 18

Jeff Thomas of the Toledo Astronomical Association shows telescope donated to the Wood County District Public Library. Photo taken by Mary Boone, Wood County District Public Library. (Photo provided)
The Toledo Astronomical Association has donated two telescopes for public use to the Wood County District Public Library and members of the Association will lead a workshop on using the telescopes on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main).
“We are absolutely thrilled to expand the kinds of items people can check out from the library and sincerely thank the Toledo Astronomical Association,” said Michele Raine, Assistant Director. “I know when I’ve tried using a telescope I end up not really seeing anything, so we are looking forward to Association members showing everyone exactly how they work.”
“What really gets you going is when you see the rings of Saturn,” said Jeff Thomas, Toledo Astronomical Association member.  Thomas delivered the two Orion FunScope 4.5″ telescopes and took a few moments to show the equipment to library staff earlier this summer.
“These telescopes will be a wonderful resource for star gazers of all ages,” said Raine.  After the workshop on Sept. 18, people with Wood County District Public Library cards will be able to check out the telescopes for 7 days. Once people have finished using the telescope, it will have to be returned inside the building during library hours.
For more information about the telescope workshop contact the Library’s Information Services Department at 419-352-5050 or the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.