Join BCLS for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. This total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time and parts of the Lowcountry are in the direct path! Join BCLS for this historical event.

Scroll down to see Eclipse Parties held our local library branches, as well events to get you excited for the solar eclipse itself. On the side, you’ll see resources from Star-net, including a link to a free resource guide and a solar vision app, and safety tips and information.

Solar Eclipse Live Stream @Your Library

Don’t have the proper glasses or equipment? No problem! Come to the library and watch the live stream. While you’re there, you can also check out books and DVDs to learn more!

Solar Eclipse Parties @ BCLS

We are throwing parties to celebrate the solar eclipse and want you to join us. Glasses for safely viewing the total eclipse will be given out on a first-come, first served basis. Don’t forget to grab a space-themed treat while you’re there!

August 21st | 1 pm | Sangaree Library
595 Sangaree Pkwy | 843.695.1208

August 21st | 1 pm | St. Stephen Library
113 Ravenell Dr | 843.567.4862

August 21st | 1 pm | Moncks Corner Library
1003 Highway 52 | 843.719.4223

August 21st | 1 pm | Hanahan Library
1216 Old Murray Ct | 843.553.0047

August 21st | 1 pm | Goose Creek Library
325 Old Moncks Corner Rd | 843.572.1376

August 21st | 2 pm | Daniel Island Library
2301 Daniel Island Drive | 843.471.2952

Solar Eclipse Celebration with the Town of Moncks Corner and BCLS’s Mobile Library

Come celebrate this historical event with the Town of Moncks Corner, BCLS’s Mobile Library, and others. Representatives from Palmetto Scholars Academy and NASA will join us to do a balloon release in the park.

Stop into the mobile library and get your free glasses for safely viewing the total eclipse. Glasses will be given out on a first-come, first served basis.

Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex | Main Street

August 21st, 1 pm – 4 pm

Eclipse Preparation Events

Live Look at the Sun

Prof. Laura Penny, of College of Charleston Physics & Astronomy department, will present a program on the upcoming total solar eclipse which includes a special telescope to get a live look at the sun.

August 14th | 1:30 pm | Daniel Island Library
2301 Daniel Island Dr | 843.471.2952

Total Solar Eclipse Discussion (Adult Program)

Astronomy Prof. Misty Brown will talk about the history of solar eclipses, how they happen, and why. Prof. Brown will also advise use on how to view the eclipse safely and where best to witness the event.

August 16th | 1:30 pm | Daniel Island Library
2301 Daniel Island Dr | 843.471.2952

Solar Eclipse Craft-in-a-Baggie

Drop by for a solar eclipse paper craft for the kids! Starts at 10 am and continues while supplies last!

August 17th | 10 am | Goose Creek Library
325 Old Moncks Corner Rd | 843.572.1376

Eclipse Crafting

Make a DIY eclipse viewer. Quick, easy and safe to use at home.

August 19th | 10 am | Hanahan Library
1216 Old Murray Ct | 843.553.0047

Eclipse Readiness Workshop

Learn about eclipse safety and create a device to help you watch the eclipse at home.

August 19th | 2 pm | Sangaree Library
595 Sangaree Pkwy | 843.695.1208

Join BCLS for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017
Join BCLS for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

Safety glasses are provided by The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR_Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use Join BCLS for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017those resources. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources!

Found out more here:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Download the FREE Solar Vision App!

Solar Vision lets you explore the Sun using several different “filters”, representing the types of instruments NASA uses on spacecraft like the Solar Dynamics Observatory: visible light, x-ray, ultraviolet, etc. It also lets you explore the features you’re likely to see during a total solar eclipse. In both cases, you can use the app in an “Exploration” mode, or use a “Find the Features” mode that challenges you to find specific features.

 

Have you tried out your glasses yet?

It’s time to get outside and try your glasses out! While viewing the Sun, be on the lookout for sunspots. Afterwards, you can use the Solar Vision app to get a close-up, real-time view of what you just saw.
 
With solar viewing, safety always comes first, so make sure to check out the Eclipse Resource Center for important safety tips and more.