Libraries Offer Eclipse Glasses, Special Programs
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY - With the date of the total solar eclipse approaching, public libaries have been hosting special programs over the last couple of weeks, and some are also providing eclipse glasses to the public.  

Metropolis Public Library, Marshall County Library, Fulton County Library and Ballard-Carlisle County Library have been giving away or selling glasses, but Fulton County has now sold out. The Benton branch in Marshall County is also out-of-stock, but expects to have more next week. The Hardin and Calvert City branches of the library still have them available for 50 cents each (limit 2).

Eclipse glasses are being given away at McCracken County, Graves County and Calloway County libraries, but only during eclipse-related events.

Here is our list of remaining events at area libraries:


Monday, Aug. 21 - The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) 
Join them in the library garden for a viewing party. They will have free solar viewing glasses available, as well as moon pies and sun tea!


Sunday, Aug. 13 - All About the Solar Eclipse (2:00 pm)
Adults & Teens are invited to learn more about the eclipse with Murray State University’s Dr. Matt Williams. Having a good understanding of what to expect at the eclipse will help viewers to get the most out of this rare and exciting opportunity. Dr. Williams will demonstrate what will happen during the eclipse, talk about what to expect on August 21st, and give several helpful tips for eclipse viewing.

Sunday, Aug. 20 - Eclipsing the Sun (2:00 pm)
Children age 4 and up, accompanied by an adult will enjoy this Hooked on Science Program with “Mr. Science” Jason Lindsey. Participants will learn about the science behind the solar eclipse and even take a turn riding a moon buggy. Don’t miss an afternoon of great family learning fun! A limited number of Free Eclipse Glasses will be distributed to program participants while supplies last.


Tuesday, Aug. 15 - Professor Victor Taveras of WKCTC (5:00 pm)
The professor will offer a preview of the upcoming eclipse to those who attend.

Monday, Aug. 21 - Join them for an eclipse viewing event. Viewing glasses will be availabe while supplies last, as well a materials to make a pin hole viewer. Laptop computers will also be connected to a live stream of the eclipse. Bring your own chair.


Saturday, Aug. 19 - Calvert City's location will have eclipse stations and activities going on throughout the day. At 2:00 pm, an Eclipse Magic Show will be presented, featuring Darshwood, a Vegas style magic show - NOT just for kids, but especially aimed at adults.

Monday, Aug. 21 - Eclipse stations and activities will be set up throughout the entire day at all three branches. Please note that the library will close for an hour so employees can be outside when the total eclipse occurs. Glasses will be free (while supplies last) to children's programming participants through August.

Published 08:30 PM, Friday Aug. 11, 2017
Updated 03:57 PM, Friday Aug. 11, 2017

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