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Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Solar Eclipse
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 12 - 1 pm
Adults, teens and older children

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon’s shadow will sweep across the continental U.S. in a solar eclipse and Rochester will see the sun 70 percent eclipsed. Please join us at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County for a program by Steve Fentress, Director of the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, on this solar eclipse with tips on safe viewing and other interesting information. Steve says “We’re next! Rochester is in the path of totality for an eclipse on April 8, 2024.” Steve will discuss this as well.

Sidewalk Viewing Party
Monday, August 21, 2017, 1 – 4 pm
All ages
WEATHER PERMITTING

Join us on the South Terrace of the Rundel Building as we view the Total Solar Eclipse and experiment with the science behind an eclipse. Solar-viewing glasses will be provided (SUPPLIES LIMITED).

Charlotte 

Solar Eclipse Party
Monday, August 21, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
For children and families

We have some awesome solar eclipse viewers to distribute! Stop by to decorate your own edible sun and planets, watch the solar eclipse and learn just why the sun is going to hide that day!

Teens and 'tweens - watch the eclipse with your friends at Charlotte Branch Library. We'll have special glasses for you to watch the eclipse with, and we'll also be showing coverage from NASA as they live-stream the eclipse. At 1:30 pm make your own sundae (registration required; call 428-8216 to sign up) and at 3:15 pm make an origami window star out of beautiful translucent colored paper. It looks like stained glass! (registration required; call 428-8216 to sign up). Ages 10-18. Monday, August 21, starting at 1:15 pm.

Chili Public Library

American Girl® Club
Monday, August 7, 4 pm
Ages 5 - 12

We will be discussing Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space! Copies of the book are available at the Checkout Desk. No registration required.

Total Solar Eclipse: Learn the Basics about this Big Event
Thursday, August 10, 7 pm

Join the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science's Joe Altieri to learn about the Total Solar Eclipse happening on August 21, 2017. He will discuss the science behind one of the most anticipated astronomical phenomenon, as well as safety precautions to view it. A Q&A session will follow the lecture. Registration is required.

Solar Eclipse Day
Monday, August 21, 2017, 11 am – 4 pm
All ages

Events Include: AAS Google Eclipse glasses available for solar viewing (beginning at 12:30 pm), vision screenings by the Chili Lions Club, Live Streaming of the eclipse via NASA.gov, Scoops Ice Cream Truck, 1-3 pm ($), Food Truck, 11 am - 2 pm ($)

Activities throughout the day: Make your own constellation scope, decorate your own sun cookie, make your own solar system sticker scene, giveaways and raffles, and much more!

Gates

Prepare for the Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 7, 6 pm
Adults
Registration Needed

In anticipation the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse, join us to learn about solar eclipses and taking proper safety measures to protect your eyes. Presented by optical engineer, Jim Porter, of Harris Corporation.  

We will provide Solar Shades to all who attend, so you can protect your eyes when viewing the 80% eclipse of the sun on the afternoon of August 21. If weather permits we will also project the image of the sun through the use of a telescope. 

Solar Eclipse Party
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 pm
5 - 12 years
Registration Needed

Prepare for the upcoming Solar Eclipse at our Eclipse Party! We will be learning about the science behind an eclipse, making our own eclipse models and pinhole projectors, and learning how to safely view a solar eclipse! This program will be out of this world!

Prepare for the Solar Eclipse
Saturday, August 19, 3 pm
Adults
Registration Needed

In anticipation the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse, join us to learn about solar eclipses and taking proper safety measures to protect your eyes. Presented by optical engineer, Jim Porter, of Harris Corporation.  

We will provide Solar Shades to all who attend, so you can protect your eyes when viewing the 80% eclipse of the sun on the afternoon of August 21. If weather permits we will also project the image of the sun through the use of a telescope. 

Henrietta

Family Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21, 2 – 3 pm
All ages
No registration necessary

On Monday, August 21, America will fall under the path of a solar eclipse. Please join us for a fun and safe solar eclipse party, weather permitting. (Peak eclipse viewing time is at 2:35.) Free eclipse glasses will be available for the first 150 participants.

Lincoln

Solar Eclipse Preparation and Viewing
August 21, 2017, 12 - 3 pm
Ages: 6-17
Registration needed for groups of 10 or more.

We will be discussing the eclipse, the proper way to watch it, create viewing boxes and go outside to view the event.  Refreshments will be served.

Lyell

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
August 21, 2017, 2 - 3 pm
All ages
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party--hear sun stories, view the eclipse, make a craft. 

Mendon

Total Solar Eclipse:  Learn the Basics about this Big Event!
Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Join the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science's Joe Altieri to learn about the big event happening one week from today, the Total Solar Eclipse. 

This is a free program for anyone interested in learning more.  Please call to reserve your spot, 624-6067.

Ogden

Solar Eclipse Party
Monday, August 21, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
All ages
Registration required

Ogden Farmers’ Library will have 50 free glasses to use for viewing courtesy of the STAR (Science-Technology Activities & Resources) Library Education Network. Enjoy space themed snacks and ask a scientist from University of Rochester about how eclipses work. Join us for an afternoon that will be truly out of this world!

Penfield

The Art and Science of a Solar Eclipse
Wednesday, August 16, 7 - 8:30 pm
For age 8 to adult
Registration required

All-American Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21, 1 - 3:30 pm
All ages
No registration required

Pittsford Community Library

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21, 1 - 3 pm
All ages
No registration

Safely view the total solar eclipse at the library with a pair of eclipse glasses provided by Star_Net. Glasses will be available starting at 12:30 pm. 

Sully

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21, 1:15 - 4 pm
All Ages

Join us at the Sully Branch Library while we use special glasses to watch the partial solar eclipse.

Webster Public Library

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21, 1:15 - 4 pm
All ages/family

Join us at the library to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse! The eclipse officially begins around 1:20 pm, but peak viewing will be around 2:35 pm when the eclipse reaches its maximum coverage (70%) for this region. Feel free to hang out with family and friends, and frost your own half-moon cookies, until the sun is officially back around 4 pm. We will be providing a limited number of eclipse-viewing glasses.


Libraries are only handing out eclipse glasses at relevant programs.    

  • Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
  • Charlotte
  • Chili (12:30 pm, day of eclipse ONLY)
  • Gates
  • Henrietta
  • Mendon
  • Ogden
  • Penfield
  • Pittsford
  • Sully
  • Webster

 

Solar Eclipse glasses have been provided by STAR_Net.   

STAR_Net is a production of the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (SEPA).


For more information on specific programs visit our events page.