When Allen Smuda learned IPPL was adding telescopes to the collection for takeout thanks to a donation from the IPPL Foundation & Friends, he couldn't wait to check one out. His expectations did not disappoint. Looking through the lens just before dusk, he saw it—Saturn's rings. Because his wife was not home, and he couldn't wait to tell her, he sent her a text: "OMG. I can see Saturn's rings." Then, Allen proceeded to text his neighbors. Just like that, he had an impromptu gathering on his patio, with everyone exploring the sky together."I have a great view of the sky from my back deck, and thanks to the library's telescopes, I have seen the moon, the planets, and the stars all up close," said Allen. "It's an incredible tool. I can't wait to check one out again."
Thanks to that donation from the Foundation & Friends, we are able to give the gift of space exploration to the community through these portable telescopes. You, too, can check out one of six telescopes. Telescopes are an IPPL cardholder exclusive.
Help us continue to bring bonding and memories to the community, and make a gift to the IPPL Foundation & Friends.