If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly anticipating the total solar eclipse that will happen on August 21, 2017. This out-of-this-world event is something that’s a long time coming, with the last total eclipse to be visible across the entire contiguous United States having happened in 1918 (and not since 1979 has a total eclipse been visible from the mainland United States). The next one will not occur until 2024, and who wants to wait that long to see one again?
We here at MCPL have been talking about and planning our own Solar Eclipse Viewing Party for over a year and have tons of fun activities planned for patrons of all ages! Beginning at 11 a.m. on August 21 at our Wausau Headquarters, we’ll show attendees a brief presentation about the importance of protecting your eyes when viewing an eclipse. We will also have FREE protective eclipse-viewing glasses to give out to attendees of this event on a first come-first serve basis starting when we open at 9 a.m. Those who want glasses can get a ticket from our first-floor circulation desk and then use the ticket to redeem a pair of glasses starting at 11:30 a.m., just in time for viewing the eclipse, which will be 80% visible from Wisconsin when it peaks locally around 1:15 p.m.
In addition to the fun, one-in-a-lifetime viewing of the eclipse, attendees of our viewing party will have the chance to participate in fun, interactive and educational stations, including making your own pinhole viewers, creating a bathroom tissue solar system, a sun/moon/earth model, making a yardstick eclipse, UV beads and more!
Since MCPL will have a limited number of solar eclipse viewing glasses available on the day-of, you can also purchase a pair ahead of time from a number of retailers recommended by the American Astronomical Society.
You may have tons of other questions about the eclipse. For instance, can you photograph or film an eclipse? Or, how are eyes damaged by the sun? You can get answers to these (and many more questions), on NASA’s Eclipse 2017 Frequently Asked Questions page.
For more information, call 715-261-7230.