Total Solar Eclipse
Credit: Exploratorium

Johnson County Public Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.

Eclipse Watching Glasses

• The library's supply of viewing glasses has run out; see below for other options 
Safe viewing instructions 

Need a large number of viewing glasses? More information can be found here
How To Tell If Your Viewing Glasses Or Handheld Solar Viewers Are Safe
Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers
Buying Safe Eclipse Glasses

Read the Daily Journal article about the eclipse.

Additional information about the upcoming event is available at Star_Net

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science with fun displays and hands-on activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017. 


50 Shades of Dark: Preparing for the Solar Eclipse at the White River Branch
Wed / Aug. 16 / 6:30 p.m.
Join John Shepherd, Senior Astronomer at the Link Observatory in Mooresville, as he shares about the spectacular total solar eclipse, happening August 21, 2017. Learn about safe ways to view the eclipse and receive free safe eclipse-watching glasses (while supplies last).

Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Trafalgar Branch
Mon / Aug. 21 / 12:00 p.m.
Drop in to the library for a come-and-go eclipse program. We’ll have a craft, and will provide information about how to safely view the eclipse. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses and viewing boxes will be available to share. Watch the NASA TV live stream in the community room, check out books and other eclipse materials.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the White River Branch
Mon / Aug. 21 / 12:30 p.m.
Learn about this phenomenal celestial event and then observe it with special eclipse-watching glasses (while supplies last) as it occurs from 1:00 to 3:50 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a hat for outside viewing comfort. In case of inclement weather, we will watch a live feed of the eclipse inside.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the Franklin Branch
Mon / Aug. 21 / 2:00 p.m.
Drop in to view the eclipse at the library, where a limited number of viewing glasses will be available to use. We will be meeting in the field adjacent to the library. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

A Solar Eclipse, Oh My! at the Clark Pleasant Branch
Mon / Aug. 21 / 2:00 p.m.
See the astronomical event of the decade: a solar eclipse! We’ll provide the eclipse safe-glasses so you don’t have to miss out on the action. Celebrate this extraordinary eclipse with crafts and stories while you wait for the main event.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Pop-Up Event at the Library Services Center (Downtown Franklin)
Mon / Aug. 21 / 2:00 p.m.
Stop by the lawn at the Library Services Center in downtown Franklin to experience the eclipse; limited number of viewing glasses will be available to share during this event.

JCPL has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation.