Friday, October 24, 2014
My Account  | Login
Nashua;49.0;http://forecast.weather.gov/images/wtf/small/novc.png;2014-10-24 20:24:16
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Merrimack library seeks funds to purchase seismograph

MERRIMACK – Time is running out for the Merrimack Public Library’s campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase a seismograph as part of a collaboration with a Boston College educational program.

Yvette Couser, director of the library, said the campaign has until June 1 – this Sunday – to raise the money. If it doesn’t, the machine, which was installed in April when half the money was raised, will go back to the Boston College Educational Seismology Project. But Couser also said she’s optimistic the library will be granted an extension or be able to raise the money. ...

Sign up to continue

Print subscriber?    Sign up for Full Access!

Please sign up for as low as 36 cents per day to continue viewing our website.

Digital subscribers receive

  • Unlimited access to all stories from nashuatelegraph.com on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
  • Access nashuatelegraph.com, view our digital edition or use our Full Access apps.
  • Get more information at nashuatelegraph.com/fullaccess
Sign up or Login

MERRIMACK – Time is running out for the Merrimack Public Library’s campaign to raise $10,000 to purchase a seismograph as part of a collaboration with a Boston College educational program.

Yvette Couser, director of the library, said the campaign has until June 1 – this Sunday – to raise the money. If it doesn’t, the machine, which was installed in April when half the money was raised, will go back to the Boston College Educational Seismology Project. But Couser also said she’s optimistic the library will be granted an extension or be able to raise the money.

As of Tuesday, the library still needed to raise almost $2,800, according to its website.

The purchase of the seismograph is part of a partnership with the Boston College ESP designed to use seismology to offer kids a way to participate in scientific research. It’s run by the Boston College Geology and Geophysics Department through the Weston Observatory.

The machines measure earthquakes worldwide, according to the project’s website.

Installing one of the machines in the Merrimack library makes perfect sense, Couser said, because part of the library’s mission is to offer free educational opportunities.

“It’s been fantastic. Everyone thinks it’s really neat,” she said. “That’s really what the library is about – providing things that are educational and for enrichment.”

It was installed late in the school year, so some of the first opportunities for kids to really explore the data the seismograph gathers will come this summer during the library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Couser said some of the younger kids in the program will build their own seismographs, and older students will learn about earthquake survival techniques.

She hopes to partner with Merrimack science teachers interested in integrating the machine in earth science lessons during the next school year.

Couser said donations to the fundraising campaign have ranged from $3 to more than $1,000 from the Friends of Merrimack Free Library and local businesses. She’s hoping to get an extension to raise the remainder of the money since some of the boards she’s approached won’t meet until after the June 1 deadline. If the money isn’t raised, the machine will have to be returned to the Boston College program and the donations returned, she said.

“We are getting down to the wire. It’s exciting,” Couser said. “I’m pretty optimistic. I think it will be fine.”

A link to the campaign’s PayPal site is available on the library’s website at merrimack.lib.nh.us. More information about the Boston College Education Seismology Project is available at www2.bc.edu/~kafka/SeismoEd/BC_ESP_Home.html.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).