Attention Public Libraries!! Our Application Period for Free Eclipse Glasses is Closed.
Congratulations to the 2240 successful applicants, who represent over 4,800 unique locations including public library branches, bookmobiles, tribal libraries, library consortia, and state libraries in all 50 states! If your library had successfully completed an application but has not received a confirmation email notifying you of your library’s selection, please contact Anne Holland to check your status.
Note: For those libraries that are still interested in purchasing affordable eclipse glasses, American Paper Optics is providing discounted eclipse glasses for educators (such as libraries, schools, museums, etc.).
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Excerpted from ALL-AMERICAN TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE By Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. This total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time.
The rest of the United States and other parts of North and Central America will see a partial eclipse, in which the Moon covers only a portion of the Sun. A partial eclipse is interesting, but nowhere near as awe-inspiring and memorable as a total eclipse. A partial eclipse is also dangerous to look at without something to protect your eyes from the Sun’s damaging rays.