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Wakefield library prepares summer readers for out of world experience


April 5, 2019

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STEVE AND Fresia Stalker, of Hurley, donated a telescope to the Wakefield Public Library for use in its summer reading program. The telescope will complement the space theme of this year's program.

WAKEFIELD - The Wakefield Public Library recently received a useful tool for this year's space themed summer reading program.

Joel Laessig, director at Wakefield Public Library said the summer program normally has a craft, project or activity element to it so he used social media to ask for help finding some equipment.

Steve and Fresia Stalker, of Hurley, responded to the library's call by donating a telescope.

Laessig said the "incredible gift" will be used by the library to hold stargazing outings to allow youth to see the moon, planets, rings of Saturn and the International Space Station, which flies overhead on a regular schedule.

"This is a nice telescope so we'll be able to pull in some of those things that you might not be able to see with a smaller telescope," he added.

The star-gazing group will have to meet in a area clear of trees and away from the town's lights, Laessig said.

"The couple has offered to come back and help us set this up, because it looks like it's going to be an education in itself just to figure out how to use it," he said. "This is more telescope then we thought we would lay our hands on."

-Bryan Hellios


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