By Natalie Isham, Children’s Librarian
On August 21st, 2017, all of North America will experience a solar eclipse. In our little pocket of southwest Michigan, we will have a partial eclipse beginning at approximately 2:21 PM EST. In celebration of this natural wonder, Lincoln Township Public Library is holding a Sun Party at the Lincoln Township Community Center Park from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We have prepared activities for all ages, including sensory bins for ages 2-6, coloring pages, buttons, “sun” themed snacks, a fun photo-op board, and a time capsule that we will open at the next eclipse in 2024! Our staff will also provide materials and instruction on building a pinpoint viewer.
We will be displaying information about solar eclipses and safe viewing instructions. Thanks in part to a grant from Star_net, sponsored by NASA and the Space Science Institute, we will also have eclipse viewing glasses to pass out to party-goers. Our supply is limited and they will be handed out on a “first come, first serve” basis. In an effort to ensure that we have enough glasses, we will not be distributing any safe viewing glasses prior to the Sun Party on Monday, August 21st.
However, there are other vendors and retailers offering safe viewing glasses. Please ensure that any glasses you purchase have a safety ISO of 12312-2:2015 or 12312-2. When wearing them, only extremely bright light should be visible, i.e. the sun. When indoors, they should be nearly opaque.
For more information regarding the eclipse, please visit the American Astronomical Society’s website at: https://eclipse.aas.org/. Find more information about solar eclipse glasses at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.