The Johnson City Public Library will distribute a limited supply of eclipse glasses to the public free of charge. The glasses will be available at any of the library service desks, and there is a limit of one pair per person.
On August 17th at 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to the Jones Meeting Room for a pre-eclipse event. Dr. Rico Ignace from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at East Tennessee State University will explain how and why solar eclipses occur and go over the proper way to view an eclipse safely. Library staff will assist patrons in making their own pinhole viewers out of every day materials for safe eclipse viewing. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be handed out to the attendees of this program on a first-come, first-serve basis.
On August 21st, the public is invited to gather at the library to view the solar eclipse. The library will stream NASA’s live feed coverage of the eclipse as it makes its way across the country. The terraced lawn across the street from the library will serve as a viewing area, and a limited number of eclipse glasses will be distributed to those who need them on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Each of these programs is free and open to the public. To learn more about these and other upcoming events, visit the library’s events calendar at www.jcpl.net, like the library’s Facebook page, or follow the library on Twitter or Instagram. For more information about these free programs or other Youth Services programs, please call 423-434-4458.