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Marketing and Communications Manager
LIBRARY HOLDS EXTRATERRESTRIAL EVENT
Eclipse fun and GLASSES available on August 21
(ANDERSON, SC, AUGUST 11, 2017) The Anderson County Library System will be celebrating the solar eclipse at
all of its libraries this August 21 from 1 to 3pm. The Extraterrestrial Eclipse Events will feature fun snacks and activities, including decorating Eclipse Rocks as part of the rock painting craze gripping the county.
After traversing the United States from Oregon in just 94 minutes, the eclipse will leave the United States at South Carolina. The state is a significant destination because it will be the nearest spot within the path of totality for at least 100 million Americans on the southern East Coast and Florida. The last total solar eclipse over South Carolina was visible only from the coastal region in 1970. And while a lunar eclipse will be visible in early 2019, the next time a total solar eclipse will be visible from the area is 2078.
Because of the influx of visitors and scarcity of the event, safety glasses are in high demand. All libraries in the Anderson County Library System, including the Bookmobile, will have a limited number of glasses to hand out starting at 12:45pm Monday afternoon. While the library anticipates having plenty, they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, one pair per person at that time. No reservations will be taken.
This event is supported by WAND 107.7 fm radio, which will be at the program at the main Anderson Library, 300 McDuffie Street, Anderson, with goodies to hand out and great country music on hand. Glasses have been provided by 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. The Anderson County Library is not responsible for any harm due to misuse of solar glasses during eclipse.
The Anderson County Library System serves more than 190,000 county residents of all ages and includes the main library in the city of Anderson, eight branches located throughout the county, and a bookmobile. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, please go to our website at www.andersonlibrary.org.