Several events on eclipse day, but no more sunglasses

Snohomish Library librarian Kathy Smargiassi explains how the Aug, 21 solar eclipse will occur.

The Sno-Isle Libraries solar eclipse programs have been hot items.

The nearly 30 programs across 21 community libraries drew interested crowds eager to learn more about the rare celestial event that will occur Aug. 21. More than 300 people came to Lynnwood Library on July 23 to hear solar astronomy experts Roger and Linda Kennedy and look at the sun through their shielded telescopes. Two weeks later, more than 700 sun-gazers descended upon on the Edmonds Library for a similar program.

In the lead-up to the eclipse, community libraries handed out thousands of free eclipse viewing glasses. The glasses are gone, except for a limited number that will be available for attendees at Snohomish and Camano Island library events on Aug. 21. Edmonds Library has an event that day, but no more glasses. Mariner Library will also have an eclipse-day program, but pre-registration was required and it is already full.

The three open programs scheduled for Aug. 21 are:

Solar bead activity for the kids. NASA's live coverage of the solar eclipse will be shown on the big screen, too. Due to shortages, eclipse glasses will not be available during this event.

Come learn about what an eclipse is, about the light we get from the sun and even build a pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse as it happens. A limited number of solar glasses will be available for attendees (BYOG if you have them)

A limited number of eclipse-watching glasses will be available for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis (BYOG if you have them).

Sno-Isle Libraries has also created an eclipse resource page and an eclipse-related music playlist (library card required).