Where to get your free eclipse glasses 

Update: The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System announced it will be hosting eclipse viewing parties at multiple branches and at Woodruff Park, where eclipse glasses will be given out while supplies last.

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According to the official system website, the following libraries in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be participating with special eclipse watch parties on Monday, Aug. 21, where folks will have the chance to snag a free pair of eclipse glasses.

Adamsville-Collier Heights Library

Adams Park Library

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library

Northwest Library at Scott’s Crossing

Northside Library

Ocee Library

Ponce de Leon Library

Washington Park Library

Approximately 400 pairs of eclipse glasses will also be given out at the library system’s Woodruff Park watch party in downtown Atlanta on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to a Thursday press release.

In addition to the free eclipse glasses, some events will feature live “eclipse-themed” music, a pop-up library, arts and crafts for kids, refreshments and more.

For a full list of upcoming events in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, visit afpls.org.

Eclipse-watchers in the Atlanta area will experience a partial, not total solar eclipse, around 2:35 p.m. EDT.

To experience a total eclipse, you’ll have to drive toward the northeastern corner of Georgia.

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Update: Be sure to check with your local library before making the trip over. Resources are limited, will be distributed at library events and may no longer be available at some locations.

It’s the final countdown to the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years.

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This month, more than 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses at nearly 5,000 libraries all over the nation will be given away to ensure viewers enjoy the much-anticipated total solar eclipse safely.

The project, supported in part by Google, NASA, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and National Science Foundation, falls under the National Center for Interactive Learning and its STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), which connects libraries with STEM programming and manages the library eclipse program. 

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“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for libraries and their communities to work together to participate in a celestial event of this scope,” NCIL project director Paul Dusenbery said in a news release. “Many organizations like NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the American Astronomical Society, are working together to help people understand and view the eclipse safely, and we are delighted to be part of this important educational effort.” 

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This August, several Georgia libraries are joining in on the effort and will be distributing safe eclipse glasses with scratch-resistant, filtered polymer lenses at select events, lectures and other programs. 

Be sure to call ahead to find out when your libraries will be holding their educational eclipse programs and if glasses are still in stock at the location.

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Here’s a full list of participating STAR_Net libraries in metro Atlanta:

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

One Margaret Mitchell Square NW

Mechanicsville branch

400 Formwalt St SW

South Fulton Library (Union City)

4055 Flat Shoals Rd


Gritters Library (Marietta)

880 Shaw Park Rd

Smyrna Library

100 Village Green Circle

Switzer Library (Marietta)

266 Roswell St NE

Vinings branch

4290 Paces Ferry Rd SE

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North Fulton

Alpharetta Library
10 Park Plaza

East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road

Milton Library

855 Mayfield Rd

Roswell Library

115 Norcross Street

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DeKalb County Public Library

215 Sycamore St


5137 Salem Rd


Grayson branch

700 Grayson Pkwy

Gwinnett County Public Library 

6025 Buford Hwy

Hamilton Mill branch

3690 Braselton Hwy

Lawrenceville branch

1001 Lawrenceville Highway

Snellville branch

2740 Lenora Church Road

Suwanee branch 

361 Main St

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Don’t see your local library on the list? Simply reach out to ask  if the location will be offering the free glasses during any planned programs or events. Note that libraries have a limited number of resources.

For a full list of Georgia libraries, use this map from STAR_Net, NASA and the Moore Foundation.

Follow the AJC guide to Eclipse 2017.

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