Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries Invites you to Register for Eclipse Glasses!


For all public library staff! It’s eclipse time again!

Two Solar Eclipses Coming to North America! An Annular Eclipse in 2023 and a Total Eclipse in 2024

Librarians – let’s get ready! We’ll support your eclipse efforts by providing eclipse glasses AND training. The STAR Net team, through a generous grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a supplement from NASA Science Mission Directorate is here to support public libraries through the distribution of over 5 million eclipse glasses, activities, and trainings through your state library!

Remember, whenever any part of the Sun’s surface is showing, you will need protective glasses or filters!

Annular Eclipse, Saturday, October 14, 2023

For the U.S., the annular eclipse path begins in Oregon at 9:13 am PDT and ends in Texas at 12:03 pm CDT.

All the rest of North America (except for NW Alaska) will experience a nice partial eclipse in the morning that day.

In an annular eclipse, the Sun never goes dark. At maximum eclipse, you can see a dramatic “ring of fire” around the dark sphere of the Moon.

Just like for a total eclipse, you need to be in a narrow path to see the ring.

Because the full Sun never goes dark, you will need special protective glasses or filters throughout the eclipse.

Total Eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024

An excellent TOTAL eclipse of the Sun will be visible the U.S. in 2024.

Totality will be visible first in Mexico, coming to Texas just after noon local time.

The eclipse then moves northeast through Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, New York, and Maine, to name just a few of the states, and into Canada.

In the Northeast, totality will be around 3:00 to 3:30 pm, so, in most of the U.S., students may be in school for the eclipse.

In Mexico and South Texas the total eclipse will last over 4 minutes, which is good for a total eclipse.

All the rest of North America will see a partial eclipse.

The path of totality, where the Sun is blocked out completely by the Moon getting exactly in front of it, is over 100 miles wide, and passes over more cities than the eclipse in 2017.

Plan ahead – 32 million people live along the path of totality, and many millions will try to get there on April 7th and 8th.

The next total eclipse to cross the continental US will not be until Aug. 12, 2045, so don’t miss this one!

To find out more or sign up for your own eclipse glasses, visit here or head over to


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  1. The Geneseo Public Library District would like to sign up for the free eclipse glasses. Our address is:
    805 N. Chicago Street
    Geneseo, IL 61254
    Our patrons delight in the eclipse!

  2. Hello! I applied for Eclipse Glasses for my library (Avon-Washington Township Public Library in Indiana) several months ago, but I have yet to hear whether we may be getting them or not. Where do I need to look or to whom do I need to speak to find out whether we will be receiving the glasses?

  3. Hi,
    I originally requested and received 500 viewing glasses but we are fortunate enough to be in the path of 99% totality in April 2024. We have joined forces with our town departments and will be throwing a Total Eclipse Party on April 8th and have a band, food trucks, and many activities planned for children, teens, and adults. Schools will be closed so we expect at least 2000 people to attend our viewing party. I attended a workshop in Painted Post, NY yesterday with Claire Ratcliffe and she indicated I might be able to request additional glasses since our community population is about 9600 people in the town of Walworth and we are a suburb of Rochester NY so many more may attend once we advertise our free events. Would it be possible to obtain another 500 viewing glasses for the Walworth-Seely Public Library located at 3600 Lorraine Dr. Walworth, NY 14568? Please advise. Thank you. Bernie Maurer LIbrary Assistant

    1. Hi Bernie! Please contact Sky Reid Mills ( and let him know Anne and Claire said you’re good to receive extra glasses due to your location! AH

  4. Daviess County Library, in Gallatin, Missouri, would like to sign up for free eclipse glasses. We plan to partner with our five county schools with approximately 400 students, total. The glasses would be a great outreach to our small community. Thank you!
    Elizabeth Plotner, Director
    Daviess County Library
    306 W Grand Str
    Gallatin, MO 64640