Thousands view solar eclipse from Chesterfield Township's waterfront park

Solar Eclipse Events at the Newhall Library

By 2 p.m. the parking lot was full and people were lined up all the way from the Children's Room to the Meeting Room on opposite ends of the library.

But McDaniel and Brown had come prepared with welding hoods that were tinted even darker than the glasses.

Those looking for a pair began arriving as early as 8 the Great Bend Public Library where it had been announced there would be an eclipse viewing party mid-day.

"We got 20 pairs of glasses through a NASA at My Library grant", she said. "I also made a decision to bring them to this because I wanted them to see Mother Earth in all its wonder and beauty that they don't get to see everyday".

Zimmermann says, "They could decorate cookies, they could make their own solar eclipse".

"I think it is cool", her daughter, Caitlyn Acuna, said. "But for her, it will be in history books". "You can read about it, but until you actually see it, this is three-dimensional and you are part of it".

Joe Yavanhxay said the group had taken shifts for bathroom breaks and to sit in the shade nearby.

"It's pretty unbelievable", Hailey Mauler who was watching the eclipse said.

Eclipse glasses will be handed out during that time for safe viewing.

Lampert was a bit disappointed by how short the totality phase of the eclipse was, but said it was worth the drive. "I'm glad I did because there was a shortage in glasses and not all the libraries got them". Today, an eclipse may very well provide the perspective and big-picture clarity that can cement a new era of progress, bringing us from the darkness into a new era of light.

She even set up a camera at home to see if her dog would react to the change in sunlight.

Kelsey concluded her talk by noting the Earth and the moon and the sun have to literally "line up perfectly for a total solar eclipse" to happen. A pinhole viewer can be used to indirectly view the eclipse as it happens.

The St. Johns County Library had events at the Ponte Vedra Beach, Main and Southeast branches Monday. "So we got about 175 glasses to hand out to the public", Rankin said. And it certainly was a challenge because he had to work with several city departments and plan for an unknown amount of people, he said.

The library began preparing for the eclipse with a program on August 14 that included a presentation by Tiffany Stone Wolbrecht from the Youngstown State University Planetarium.

"Our best estimate for the past three weeks is 1,200 phone calls about the glasses", he said. "That is really important for us to connect people with evidence-based science".

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