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Explore the Universe with a Telescope from the Library!

Telescope Kits

Have you heard about our telescope kits?

Interested in borrowing a telescope kit? Here are a few helpful details:

Kit Contents

Included in the telescope kit is the Orion Star Blast telescope, with a 4.5″ aperture and fast f/4 focal ratio which provides detailed views of solar system targets such as the Moon and planets. With the Orion Star Blast telescope, it’s also possible to view celestial objects like nebulas and star clusters, and the telescope can be assembled in a few minutes. This is a great compact telescope designed for beginner level astronomy enthusiasts. The kit also includes:

  • Two Explorer II 1.25″ Kellner telescope eyepieces (17mm and 6mm)
  • EZ Finder II reflex sight for easy aiming
  • Eyepiece rack
  • Collimation cap
  • Starry Night astronomy software
  • Carrying case

Reserving a Kit

Reservations can be made by contacting one of the following branch locations:

  • Kent
  • King Road
  • Oregon
  • Point Place
  • Sanger
  • Sylvania
  • West Toledo

Borrowing a Kit

  • Loanable for 7 days
  • Can be renewed twice
  • Check out with adult or juvenile library card
  • Must be checked out and returned to the same location during library hours (do not place in dropbox).

The Orion Star Blast telescope kits make it possible explore the universe from your own backyard.

The telescopes were generously donated by the Toledo Astronomical Association.

Astronomy, Stargazing and Telescopes .. Oh My!

Books for Kids
Star finder! : a step-by-step guide to the night sky / foreword by Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock ; editor, Sarah MacLeod
Night sky / Stephanie Warren Drimmer - National Geographic Kids book from 2017
Stars and galaxies / by James Buckley, Jr
Looking up! : the science of stargazing / by meteorologist Joe Rao ; illustrated by Mark Borgions
What we see in the stars : an illustrated tour of the night sky / Kelsey Oseid
Astronomy for Kids: 26 Family-friendly Activities about Stars, Planets, and Observing the World Around You by Michelle Nichols - eBook
Stargazing by Alex Kuskowski - eBook
Discovering the universe / Giles Sparrow

Books for Adults

Astronomy : a visual guide / Ian Ridpath ; additional contributors, Giles Sparrow and Carole Stott - DK book from 2018
The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age by Patrick Moore
Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell
The Astronomy Book - contributors, David W. Hughes, Robert Dinwiddie, Penny Johnson, and Tom Jackson (DK Publishing)
The Stars: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Cosmos by Robert Dinwiddie, David W. Hughes, Geraint Jones, Ian Ridpath, Carole Stott, and Giles Sparrow; Consultant, Jacqueline Mitton (DK Publishing)
Eyes on the Sky: A Spectrum of Telescopes by Francis Graham-Smith
101 Objects to See in the Night Sky by Robin Scagell
Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy by Paul E. Kinzer

Related Astronomy Websites

How to Enjoy Your New Telescope: Advice for Beginner Skywatchers – Space.com

How to Use A Telescope: 16 Essential Steps to Loving the Night Sky – Love the Night Sky

Seeing and Transparency Guide – The Astronomical League

Orion Star Blast Telescope Review and Summary – Astronomy.com

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope – Telescope.com


Originally posted by Toledo Lucas County Public Library blogger Amber B. at http://www.toledolibrary.org/blog/explore-the-universe-with-a-telescope-kit-from-your-local-library.

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Levis Commons Fine Arts Fair

by BCAN

The Town Center at Levis Commons is proud to present The 13th Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair produced and created by The Guild. The Town Center at Levis Commons is a unique “open-air lifestyle experience, ” featuring sophisticated shopping, superb dining, and entertainment and is located in Perrysburg, Ohio. It’s the perfect setting for an exceptional art fair.

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It’s a Star-Spangled Celebration in Sylvania’s Centennial Terrace for the area’s best fireworks show. Guests spent the evening dancing to live music from local country/rock band “Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach”, enjoying food, drinks, raffles, and an incredible 40-minute fireworks show synced to music from 100.7 The Wolf.

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The Sylvania Historical Village, normally a destination for school field trips, opens its doors to the community every first Saturday of the month from June-October. Take a step back in time with hands-on activities, reenactments, and visits by different area cultural and educational partners each month.

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November Thankful Reads

Whether or not one chooses to gorge on Thanksgiving, fall is a fantastic time to reflect upon the importance of gratitude in our lives. We so often get bogged down in what is “wrong” and needs fixing – take a moment to balance that load and consider the many (many, MANY) good things we have, big and small, to help us through each day. Here are a few ideas to get us started ….

Holiday Cookbooks We Are Thankful to Have

The superfun times vegan holiday cookbook : entertaining for absolutely every occasion / Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Cook's Illustrated All Time Best Holiday Entertaining
How to celebrate everything : recipes and rituals for birthdays, holidays, family dinners, and every day in between / Jenny Rosenstrach
Danielle Walker's against all grain celebrations : a year of gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo recipes for every occasion / by Danielle Walker
Sweet treats for the holidays : edible creations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more / Norene Cox
Festive holiday recipes : 103 must-make dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's eve everyone will love / Addie Gundry

Thanksgiving-themed Reads

Spirituality of gratitude : the unexpected blessings of thankfulness / Joshua Choonmin Kang
Want Not by Jonathan Miles
Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps by Dave Isay
365 Gratefuls: Celebrating Treasures, Big and Small by Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew
Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking On the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

Originally posted by Toledo Lucas County Public Library blogger Amy H. at http://www.toledolibrary.org/blog/november-thankful-reads.

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Great Lakes Jazz Festival

by BCAN

Art & Jazz are a perfect combination… Now in its second year, we’re in the “humble beginning” stages of what we hope to grow into an annual, regional arts & jazz festival for visitors to rediscover the beauty of Ottawa Parks’ historic Amphitheater. Celebrate the rich heritage of jazz in Toledo. Support Toledo-area talented artists.

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