Early in 2017, the Leominster Public Library
received a gift of a new 4.5Ē Orion Starblast reflecting
telescope, courtesy of the Aldrich Astronomical Society.
The gift was made possible thanks to the generosity of
Leominster Access Television and the Aldrich Astronomical
Society's Adopt-a-Library Telescope program.
This gift allows the Library to loan the
telescope to library patrons just as we would a book, DVD,
or other item in our collection. The Aldrich Astronomical
Society will help the Library maintain the instrument in
good working order.
Guidelines for Borrowing the Telescope
Patron must be an adult (18 years or older) C/WMARS
cardholder and show a valid driverís license or
other government-issued I.D.
Patron must have a card in good standing - no lost or
billed items or fines in excess of $10 - and must have
had a library card for at least 6 months.
LOAN PERIOD: 1 Week (7 days) with no renewal. LATE FEES
ARE $5.00 PER DAY or full replacement cost of the
telescope if it in not returned within two weeks of the
LIABILITY: Patron checking out the telescope accepts
full responsibility for the telescope (and accessories)
while it is checked out to them.
Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult while
using the telescope.
telescope is available on a first-come first-served
basis and may not be reserved for specific dates or
times. To check availability, please call
978-534-7522 ext. 3, or stop by the Library's
Borrowers must complete and sign the Telescope Lending
Agreement (see below) in order to borrow the telescope.
Telescope Lending Agreement
Telescope Use Survey Form
Telescope Packing & Transport
For a current star chart, showing what's
visible in the sky, visit this link:
and click on 'Sky Maps'
Leominster Public Library is grateful to Leominster
Access Television for providing the funding for this
Aldrich Astronomical Society (AAS),
founded in 1932, is one of the oldest astronomy clubs in
New England. Through its Adopt-a-Library Telescope
program, AAS has placed more than 80 telescopes in
libraries throughout Massachusetts as of 2017. The
programís goal is to foster scientific literacy,
stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people
with the chance to experience the excitement that comes
For more information about AAS, visit
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