- Fiza Pirani The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Here’s a full list of participating STAR_Net libraries in metro Atlanta:
One Margaret Mitchell Square NW
400 Formwalt St SW
4055 Flat Shoals Rd
880 Shaw Park Rd
100 Village Green Circle
266 Roswell St NE
4290 Paces Ferry Rd SE
10 Park Plaza
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road
855 Mayfield Rd
115 Norcross Street
215 Sycamore St
5137 Salem Rd
700 Grayson Pkwy
6025 Buford Hwy
3690 Braselton Hwy
1001 Lawrenceville Highway
2740 Lenora Church Road
361 Main St
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.Follow the AJC guide to Eclipse 2017.