Eclipse programs planned for Aug. 19 at Belt Branch
To prepare patrons for the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, we will be handing out free eclipse glasses in August and will have two programs to help explain and prepare for the celestial event.
The glasses will be available at the Belt Branch, the Savannah Branch and from the Bookmobile beginning Aug. 1 and will be distributed in limited amounts.
The free programs are planned for Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Belt Branch Upper Story.
At 11 a.m., Mad Science of Kansas City will present an interactive program for kids about space using several booths to teach about the sun, moon, stars, planets and atmosphere. Kids also will make pin-hole viewers to use for safely watching the eclipse.
At 2 p.m., retired Northwest Missouri State University physics professor Dr. John Shaw will present “The Nature of Solar Eclipses,” discussing how eclipses occur and offering tips for viewing the celestial event.
On Aug. 21, the Belt Branch will begin showing a short documentary about eclipse chasers at 10 a.m. in the Community Room and repeat the video throughout the day. The main areas of the Belt and Savannah branches will be closed 12:30-1:30 p.m. so staff and patrons can be outside to view the eclipse totality that begins at 1:06 p.m. Library lobbies will remain open to provide restrooms and cool places for patrons to relax.