On February 9th, 2019 the Grand Mesa Observatory was asked to present at the Collbran branch of the Mesa County Library system! The presenter for this event was GMO’s assistant director Isaac Garfinkle, and for this particular public outreach event the topic was our general-purpose introduction to astronomy titled “Our Home the Milky Way and Beyond”. In addition to a couple local residents we were fortunate enough to have the members of a small local astronomy club in attendance, the members of whom are currently participants at the nearby Civilian Conservation Corps just down the road from the library. Our hostess for the event was the branch director, Julie, and we could not have asked for anyone better! In addition to getting the incredible space set up for visitors she gave a great overview of the historical significance of the property which is located in a very old bank building. Isaac brought some prints to show what the observatory does, as well as some equipment to show what a typical imaging setup would look like.
This was a very fun event with great participation and a great location, so hopefully we can make it back up to Collbran soon!