View the Eclipse at the Library! Free glasses, while supplies last (available beginning at noon on August 21)!
It’s been nearly forty years since the last total solar eclipse, and on Monday, August 21, many of us will experience the first in our lifetime!
Only visible in the continental United States, it is being nicknamed the “All American Solar Eclipse” with the path of totality ranging from Oregon to South Carolina. One of the best places to view the total eclipse will be in Hopkinsville, KY. Here in Boone County, we will experience a 90% coverage of the sun beginning at 1 p.m. The eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:29 p.m. and last just minutes.
A solar eclipse occurs when the paths of the sun and the moon align, and the sun is hidden behind the moon. When this happens, it is a spectacle not to be missed, but viewing the eclipse can be dangerous for your eyes, and regular sunglasses cannot provide adequate protection.
For this event, Boone County Public Library has been given 1,000 pairs of certified viewing glasses courtesy of STARnet, an organization dedicated to providing science and technology resources for libraries. These glasses will be available at all BCPL locations beginning at noon on August 21.
We have four special events scheduled in the weeks leading up to the eclipse:
Look Up to the Stars with NASA Astronomer Kevin Manning (adults, teens, children), August 5, Main Library, 2 p.m.
Summer of the Sun with Haile Planetarium Director Crista Speights, (adults, teens, children), August 8, Walton Branch, 6:30 p.m.
Preparing for the Eclipse with Cincinnati Observatory Astronomer Dean Regas, (adults, teens, children), August 9, Chapin Memorial Library, 6 p.m.
One World One Sky with Discovery Dome Planetarium (ages 2-5), August 14, Scheben Branch, 1-3 p.m.
We are excited to bring these programs to you and hope that you will come see the eclipse with us on the big day. If you miss this, you’ll have to wait until 2024 for your next chance to see this phenomenon!
Micha O’Connor Millwood is the Community Events Liaison for Boone County Public Library. A reformed teacher, she is a children’s librarian who reviews books for the Southwestern Ohio Library Consortium, and sits on the committee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards.