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Teachers Can Check Out Solar Telescopes from St. Louis County Library

Press Release

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:00p.m.

St. Louis County Library has obtained four solar telescopes which will be available for K-12 educators to check out starting in April 2017. The telescopes have been donated to the library by the St. Louis Astronomical Society as part of its library telescope program. SLCL has participated in that program since November 2014, which has proven very popular.

The Sunspotter solar telescopes are being given to several public libraries in the St. Louis area by the St. Louis Astronomical Society in preparation for the total solar eclipse that occurs on Monday, August 21, 2017. The Sunspotters use a small refracting telescope and a set of mirrors to project an image of the Sun onto a white screen, which several people can see simultaneously. Features of the Sun’s surface, such as sunspots, are also viewable on clear days using a Sunspotter.

The newly donated solar telescopes can be checked out for five days; they are being offered only to educators at this time. Educators must call the library to book one of the telescopes: 314-994-3300. Each Sunspotter solar telescope will include directions and an information package. The telescopes will be housed at the following St. Louis County Library branches:

Natural Bridge Branch, 7606 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121

Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Ln., Hazelwood, MO 63042

Rock Road Branch, 10267 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO 63074

Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

For more information about St. Louis County Library’s telescope lending program, please call 314-994-3300 or visit