The best thing that we’re put here for’s to see; the strongest thing that’s given to us to see with’s a telescope. Someone in evry town seems to me to owe it to the town to keep one. In Littleton it may as well be me. ~ Robert Frost
These words excerpted from Frost’s poem ,”The Star-splitter”, eloquently summarize the thinking behind the NH Astronomical Society’s Library Telescope Program. Spurred by Marc Stowbridge’s vision, NHAS began to place telescopes in libraries in 2008 to be checked out just like a book. The first telescope was donated to Cook Library in Tamworth in 2008 because Tamworth is Marc’s home town. Recently, in 2014, NHAS placed its 100th telescope in a New Hampshire Library! We are proud of being the first library to lend a telescope and also proud of our Marc Stowbridge for having the vision for this terrific collaboration with NH libraries.
This post is based on an article in Astronomy Beat No 125- July 15, 2014