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Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21

Solar EclipseOn Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible from Adams County during the mid-afternoon. Plan to visit your local Adams County Public Library to view the solar eclipse with us. Learn more about this year’s total solar eclipse.

A rare total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth during daylight hours, obscuring the sun from view. To Adams County residents, the sun will be 90% covered by the moon at 2:30 p.m. on August 21. Starting at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., each library will have activities and crafts for kids, educational information for adults, and provide space outside the library to bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch the eclipse. The moon will begin to occlude the sun at about 1:00 p.m., and the eclipse won’t end until 4:00 p.m.

Lauren Worley, a former NASA press secretary, will give a short talk about the science of the solar eclipse at the Peebles Library at 1:00 p.m. The North Adams Library will offer crafts for kids at 1:00 p.m., including creating a galaxy jar and galaxy t-shirts. Please bring a t-shirt with you to participate in that craft. The Manchester Library will offer crafts for kids outdoors, and refreshments and a lawn party for viewing the eclipse starting at 2:00 p.m. Stop by the West Union Library around 2:00 p.m. to learn about eclipse viewing safety, receive a pair of safety classes, and get ready to watch the eclipse outdoors. Kids can also make a suncatcher craft.

Never look directly at the sun, which can cause permanent eye damage. The library will provide protective eclipse viewing glasses, thanks to a grant funded by StarNet and the Moore Foundation. Viewing glasses will be available at the library during the event, but the library does not have extra glasses to hand out in advance. If you are driving during the eclipse, please exercise caution, and watch out for stopped vehicles. For more information about eclipse viewing events at your library, call 937-544-2591.