Organization donates telescope to Thomaston Public Library in honor of Rudi Graf
THOMASTON — Cornerstones of Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with public libraries providing programs and resources that help people understand how science and technology affects their daily lives and the world around them, is generously donating an Orion Star Blast 4.5" Reflector Telescope to Thomaston Public Library! The donation is in honor of Rudi Graf for his dedication to community science experiences and as a board member to Cornerstones for many years.
The Thomaston Public Library firmly believes in the power of science education and utilized Cornerstones' Science Trunk activities this year to explore butterflies & bugs, forensic science, the human skeleton, mammal tracks, paint science, and much more during their 40 Days of Summer program with school-aged children. They are very excited to add astronomy to the list and share the wonder of the night sky with the community!
Cornerstones was founded in 1999 at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, and soon began providing staff-led science programs throughout midcoast Maine. In 2006, Cornerstones was nationally recognized with The Highsmith Library Innovation Award, presented by The Public Library Association (a division of the American Library Association). By 2009, Cornerstones had built a 22-library partner network and it became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing librarians with resources and programs to stimulate public interest in science. Cornerstones, which now supports a network of 31 library partners in five states, comprises a Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Committee, Staff, Library Partners and Partners and Sponsors all of whom share a commitment to foster thoughtful engagement and deeper connections with the natural world.
Rudi Graf has a wealth of experience in both international and small business, with expertise in manufacturing, sales & marketing, strategic planning, and mergers & acquisitions. For 25 years he worked with multinational companies, lived in Europe for ten of those years, traveled extensively, and conducted business in many of the world’s major countries. The last position he held at a multinational company was senior vice president and general manager of the Engelhard Corporation. Rudi then spent 25 years as the owner and operator of a small company, The Science Source, based in Waldoboro, Maine. The company developed, manufactured, and marketed apparatus and kits used in the teaching of physics, biology, environmental science and design technology. When the business was sold in 2012, the company was producing 800+ products for grades K through 16. Rudi has served and continues to serve on a number of nonprofit boards in the fields of health, education and the environment. He believes strongly in helping increase science literacy for all ages and sees Cornerstones of Science as a vehicle with the potential of making a significant difference.
Join us at Thomaston Public Library on Thursday, November 15 at 4 p.m. for a reception and dedication of the telescope! Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453.