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Saratoga Library offers free seeds, new telescopes for checkout


Photo courtesy of Carol Little Blake

Kids and parents recently checked out a new telescope now available at the Saratoga Branch Library. The units were acquired by Saratoga Friends of the Library.

Saratoga Friends of the Library (FOL) is encouraging people to get down to their roots as well as look towards the skies this month.

The FOL encourages residents to stop by the Saratoga Branch Library to check out the Saratoga Free Seed Library. Seeds are packaged in small amounts and may be picked up from the display cabinet in the entryway of Saratoga Branch Library at 503 West Elm Ave. during regular library hours.

Entering it's third year, the project began as a suggestion by former branch manager, now Carbon County Libraries director, Jacob Mickelsen.

Also announced this month was the purchase of two new Orion 4.5" Starblast telescopes for use by patrons of the library. The telescopes have been slightly modified to make them user-friendly and will be available for checkout during regular library hours.

To celebrate the release of the telescopes, the FOL have planned an Astronomy Night at the Saratoga Library which will take place at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

Telescopes will be set up in the parking lot (weather permitting) with assistance from SM/HS science teacher Lesley Urasky.

Following the event Thursday night, patrons will be able to check out the telescopes beginning at 11 a.m. on June 22. Users must have a library card and be at least 16 years old.

Checkout limit is one week with a fine charged after the one week period.


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