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Telescope lending at the County Library

Explore the moon, the rings of Saturn, and beyond with the Tuscarawas County Public Library System’s new telescope.

“Our goal is to stimulate an interest in astronomy and help foster scientific discovery,” said Emerging Technology Associate Virginia Wright. “We hope to enable people who have never looked through a telescope a chance to experience the fun and excitement of astronomy.”

The telescope was made possible by a kind donation from the Friends of the Library – New Philadelphia and was purchased as a memorial to honor former Friends board member Susan Larkin.

“I am delighted the Friends chose to honor Susan with this purchase,” said Library Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “Susan would love the idea that people could check out a telescope from the library to view the night skies.”

A free training and viewing session will be held at the Main Library in September. Classes include:

  • Before You Starwatch on September 5th at 6:30 PM. Learn to operate the library’s new telescope. A member of the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club will provide instructions on assembling and using the telescope at home.
  • Starwatch on September 12th from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Gaze at our night sky with the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club. Map constellations and view distant galaxies with state-of-the-art equipment outside, behind the library, after hours.
  • Astronomy for Beginners on September 13th at 3:00 PM. Learn about the parts of a telescope, how to use a compass, discover astronomy apps, and create a star finder. Limit 10. (Grades 3-6) 

The telescope is housed at the County’s Main Library, 121 Fair Ave. NW New Philadelphia, but it may be placed on hold and picked up at the County’s Bolivar, Sugarcreek, Strasburg, and Tuscarawas branches. Unlike books, which can be checked out from any TCPL location and returned to another TCPL location, the telescope must be checked out and returned to the same library.

The Friends of the Library New Philadelphia is a 501c-3 that supports the library by assisting with projects, volunteering, holding fundraisers and events, and providing financial support for the library’s collections, materials, and services. The Friends of the Library New Philadelphia welcomes new members. Annual memberships for students and seniors are $5, for individuals it is $10, and a lifetime membership is $100. Details are available online at or at the library’s customer service desks.

For further information about the telescope, please call the Tuscarawas County Public Library at 330-364-4474 ext. 101.