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Library Celebrates 2017 Solar Eclipse with Events and Free Safety Glasses

July 21, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – On Monday, August 21, 2017, an eclipse of the sun will be visible in the continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. To celebrate this natural phenomenon, the library is hosting activities and programs throughout the summer to learn more about what causes a solar eclipse, fun facts, and how to view it safely! All events are free, but registration is requested.

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse
July 25 from 2-3 p.m., Madge Youtz Branch
Learn fascinating facts about a solar eclipse including the safest way to view one.

Eclipse for Kids
July 29 from 1-2 p.m., North Branch Presenter Phil Creed of the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club will teach about the upcoming eclipse with hands-on activities.

Total Solar Eclipse with the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club
August 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Community Branch
Learn fascinating facts about a solar eclipse with the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club.

2017 Solar Eclipse Smart Viewing
August 9 from 6-7 p.m., Perry Sippo Branch Phil Creed from the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club will share his enthusiasm and knowledge of this upcoming celestial event.

Eclipse Informational Open House
August 14 from 6-8 p.m., North Branch Come to our open house event one week before the eclipse and grab books and brochures to learn the fascinating facts, proper eye safety, and get your free safety glasses.

Great American Solar Eclipse 2017
August 21 from 12:30-2 p.m., Lake Community Branch
Do you have eclipse fever? Come learn about the eclipse and ways to view it safely. We will then head out to the garden to witness the total solar eclipse!

The library will also be handing out free glasses to view the solar eclipse safely courtesy of STAR net in all branches. The Space Science Institute (SSI) was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that provides these solar viewing glasses and other resources for public libraries across the nation. For more information about upcoming eclipse events or to register, visit StarkLibrary.org or call 330-452-0665.



One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 140,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 175,000 attendees and provides 240,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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