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You can now check out our three telescopes from any of our 30 library branches!

In December, we began checking out the portable, tabletop telescopes at our Chelan, Moses Lake and Oroville libraries. The Zhumell Z Series Dobsonian telescopes were purchased last year thanks to a generous donation by the late Rozanne Lind to honor her late husband Peter Lind.

Requesting a telescope must be done in person at your local community library. Once you request it, when a telescope is available it will be sent to your library for pickup.

They can be checked out for up to seven days with your NCRL library card, along with three informative book about stars. You must be 18 years old to check out one.

The telescopes are packaged in large protective cases that measure about 2 feet high and 3 feet wide and weigh just over 50 pounds.

Providing telescopes is part of an effort by our STEM program to expand opportunities that connect people to the natural world. Other ways we are meeting that goal include nature activities, snowshoe programs in schools, stargazing events, nature backpacks that can be checked out from our libraries, and snowshoes that can be checked out from our libraries.

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