Monday, July 24, 2017

Experience the Solar Eclipse with Your Local Library

For many viewing a total eclipse is a once in a life-time experience. While Washington County will not be in the zone for totality, WCCLS member libraries are pleased to bring the viewing experience to residents through a series of local events. The next solar eclipse won’t be visible in the continental U.S. until 2024 so don’t miss this rare opportunity.

Due to expected increase in travel and traffic leading up to the eclipse, no library materials will be due between August 19-21.

Offered August 1 – 21, several programs are designed for all ages and a few are especially created with kids’ activities in mind.

Be sure to check whether the program you’re interested in requires advance registration.

UPDATE: Libraries do NOT have eclipse glasses, unless they are hosting a special event, and then they only have a limited supply. You may try a local retailer to see if they have glasses available for purchase. Find out where in this Oregonian article. Or find out how to make your own viewer with instructions from NASA.

August 1 - 21

Eclipse Book Display
Tigard Public Library
Look for a book display on the 2017 solar eclipse this summer and pick up a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last!

August 3

Kid’s Interactive Eclipse
Tualatin Public Library at 11 a.m.
Designed for ages 8-12, come have a ball learning about the eclipse and how to safely view the event. Limited number of free eclipse viewing glasses to be given away.

August 9

Book Discussion: Hidden Figures
Sherwood Public Library at 6 p.m.
Inspired by the eclipse and all things related to the race to the moon, the library is hosting a book discussion of Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the untold story of the African American women mathematicians who helped win the space race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Join in the lively discussion about this pivotal part of history. The first five to register get a free copy of the book. Registration required – call 503-625-6688.

August 10

Eclipses & Other Occultations
Aloha Community Library at 4:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Roy Torley to discuss solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, eclipses seen from the International Space Station, eclipse chasing, and our very own eclipse. All attendees will receive a free solar eclipse viewer (while supplies last).

August 15 - 21

Eclipse It!
Sherwood Public Library - all day
Join in the activities to celebrate the coming eclipse. Receive information about how to keep your eyes protected while watching the eclipse. Limited supply of eclipse viewing glasses will be available. Explore stations throughout the library with coloring, games and more.

August 16

Eclipses & Other Occultations
Tigard Public Library from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Roy Torley will prepare you for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, by sharing pictures and short movies of past eclipses of the sun, the moon and on Jupiter and Saturn.

August 20

Make a Pinhole Viewer for the Eclipse
Hillsboro Brookwood Library from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Use ordinary household materials to build a pinhole viewer to safely observe the August 21st solar eclipse. Library will provide materials and directions for different types of viewers.

Solar Eclipse Storytime
Hillsboro Shute Park Library from 4 - 5 p.m.
Have fun learning what will happen on August 21st and receive a pair of viewing glasses (while supplies last) to safely look at the sun during the eclipse.

August 21

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Hillsboro Shute Park Library from 9 – 11 a.m.
Join in this rare opportunity to view a solar eclipse. Gather at the plaza where you can enjoy the eclipse with viewing glasses provided (while supplies last) to make it safe to watch.

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Beaverton City Library Main, South Lawn from 9:45 -10:30 a.m.
Watch the eclipse with special viewing glasses on the library front lawn!  Glasses provided only for those registered for this event. This eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Beaverton will not experience a total eclipse (totality). Designed for ages 4-12 years with adult. Registration required; register online or call 503-350-3600.

Oregon’s Eclipse
Tualatin Public Library at 10 a.m.
Join as we safely view the eclipse! The library will provide glasses (limited supply) free of charge that will allow you to safely view the eclipse. Designed for all ages.

Eclipse Party
West Slope Library at 10 a.m.
Join in the eclipse viewing party. Glasses provided (limited supply) for safe viewing. All ages are welcome.

Eclipse Craft
Bethany Library from 11 a.m. - noon
After viewing the total solar eclipse make a paper eclipse craft to reenact this amazing event again and again! All ages welcome.