It’s been said that a good library can offer you the entire world.
Well, Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library also offers it patrons the planets, the stars and assorted galaxies.
Library patrons can check out an Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5-inch Astro Reflector Telescope, perfect for beginners and intermediate backyard astronomers for a week at a time. It’s lightweight and portable and comes with a star chart to help with identification.
“The pristine skies around Cashiers make for perfect viewing conditions, especially without the light pollution that mars the night sky in more developed parts of the country,” says Librarian Serenity Richards. “The telescope is really easy to use and a lot of our patrons are using it to introduce their children and grandchildren to the wonders of outer space.”
The telescope is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Hudson Library in Highlands also offers the same type of telescope, thanks to the same grant program.
Of course, AC-Cashiers Community Library still offers stars of the Hollywood variety through its Free Thursday Movie Program. This month, the library is showing “Girl on the Train” (R) on March 2; “Jackie” (R) on March 9; “Light Between Oceans” (PG-13) on March 16; “Birth of a Nation” (R) on March 23; and Loving (PG-13) on March 30.
All movies start at 3:45 P.M. in the library’s state-of-the-art Meeting Room. Free popcorn and bottled water are provided.
For younger members of the community, the library offers story-time at 11:00 A.M. Wednesdays. Lego Club, held at 4:00 P.M. March 14, is open for all ages. Crafternoon allows young people to explore their artistic side – come at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 28.