More than 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses, which allow you to watch the solar eclipse without damaging your eyes, were distributed free at public libraries across the country. Herrin City Library provided 100 solar eclipse glasses to patrons.
Libraries worked together to help people understand and view the eclipse safely, and were delighted to be part of this amazing event. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for libraries and their communities to work together to participate in a celestial event of this scope.” said Space Science Institute Director Paul Dusenbery. The Herrin City Library hosted two eclipse events to educate children and adults on how to safely view the eclipse. The Herrin City Library hosted the SIUC STEM Education Research Center Presents “Learn about Solar Eclipse and 3D Printing” on July 27th and the “Dr. Dave Solar Eclipse Show” on August 18th. Both shows involved talking about and demonstrating the science and history of solar eclipses including some history of what people thought was happening and their reactions, explanations of how and why solar eclipses happen, and safe ways to view the eclipse.
Congratulations to all the libraries who provided such awesome community service during the eclipse…from providing glasses, to programming, to handing out bottles of water. You are all great examples of what a library can mean to a community.