Library selected to host solar eclipse programs

Special to The Log

On Aug. 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the width of the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918. Every state will have at least 60 percent of the sun covered by the moon, and lucky people on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see the stunning beauty of totality.

STAR_Net’s NASA@ My Library initiative, with support from NASA, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation, and Google, is distributing more than 2 million solar viewing glasses and an Eclipse Education Kit to public libraries.

The Destin Library has been selected by Space as the only public library between Pensacola and Panama City as a recipient of viewing glasses and educational materials for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse event.

In anticipation of the solar eclipse, the library will host three informational sessions on May 23, June 13, and July 18. These events will focus on basic information about the eclipse, including what a solar eclipse is, the history of solar eclipses, and safety precautions in observing an eclipse. All events will include the use of multi-media resources, video footage, and resource persons from the region with expertise in the field.

A number of area organizations will be partnering with the Destin Library for the viewing of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 which will be held at the Morgan Sports Center. Event details will be released and posted to the library’s Facebook, Twitter and website calendar as the date approaches.

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For further details, contact Will Rogers at 850-837-8572 at the Destin Library.