Library Telescopes mentioned in County Supervisor’s newsletter

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri’s newsletter for this month has a nice mention of the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club’s support of the Library Telescope Program!  We appreciate his support of this important part of the Library’s STEM program.

Telescopes Available for Check-out From Fountain Hills Library

TelescopeThe Maricopa County Board of Supervisors formally accepted a donation of three telescopes from the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club that can be checked out from the Fountain Hills Branch Library.

Telescopes can be checked out, for a week at a time, by customers age 18 and older who have a valid Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) card.

Over the past couple of years MCLD libraries have been introducing its customers to STEM-related (science-technology-engineering-math) programs and materials, and this is another step in that direction. We are fortunate to partner with the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club to add more hands-on, community-based resources like telescopes to support the interests of library customers.

The three Orion Starblast telescopes were donated to the library by Dr. Craig Gimbel, a Fountain Hills resident and member of the Fountain Hills Astronomy Club. He previously donated his personal collection of telescopes to the library for its outdoor sky watch programs.

The Fountain Hills Branch Library is one of 17 libraries operated by the Maricopa County Library District. For more information about the telescopes and other STEM type programs at MCLD libraries, visit

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