One More Thing to do with Your Library Card: View the Stars

Virginia Beach Public Library now lending telescopes

Monday, September 17, 2018

​Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) has two Orion telescopes available to borrow, free, with a Virginia Beach Public Library card. Donated by Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (BBAA), the telescopes are available to check out from Central Library. As with all library items, customers may place holds on the telescopes and have them delivered to another VBPL location for pick up. Star maps and other materials accompany the telescopes in order to help observe the night sky.

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers donated one telescope to VBPL in 2015, which has been used during library programs, and another in July 2018.  In order to maximize usage of the telescopes, VBPL decided to make both available for customers to borrow.  

"The Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Library Telescope Program fits perfectly with the club's motto of 'Bringing Astronomy to the People of Hampton Roads' by allowing members of the public the ability to view the night sky at their own convenience, said Shawn Loescher, BBAA vice president. "We recognize that not everyone can attend our outreach events and this is another tool to help promote astronomy and get the public involved in science."

For more information about VBPL's telescope lending program, and other technology available for check out or use in libraries, call (757) 385-0150.

About Back Bay Amateur Astronomers
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers  is a group of dedicated amateur astronomers drawn together by a common interest in astronomy. The club was founded on Dec. 14, 1978. The group is an active member society of the Astronomical League, a part of the Night Sky Network, and a member of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies (VAAS). Visit http://backbayastro.org/ for more information.

About Virginia Beach Public Library
Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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