Perry Public Library

The Great North American Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and completely blocks the face of the Sun. It is the only type of solar eclipse where you can momentarily remove your ECLIPSE GLASSES (not the same as ordinary sunglasses) to see the Moon is completely blocking the Sun. The Perry Public Library has solar eclipse glasses to give away to the community. We are passing them out at select library programs leading up to April 8th. Check our calendar HERE and social media for details.

Did you know?

We are in the Path of Totality! The track of the Moon’s shadow across Earth’s surface is called the Path of Totality. The Path of Totality is only about 120 miles wide. It is about 400 years between eclipses in any one place. Learn more at https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/types/

Eclipse Glasses

To watch a solar eclipse, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times to protect your eyes. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and must comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Watch out for phony/counterfeit glasses. Look for the ISO label. The Perry Public Library will be giving away FREE ISO 2312-2 solar eclipse glasses at select library programs prior to April 8th, while supplies last.

Wyoming County Has A Lot Going On!

Click the picture or go to https://www.gowyomingcountyny.com/solar-eclipse-2024 to stay up to date with the county’s activities.

Plan YOUR day!

This is a once in a lifetime event that you won’t want to miss! Plan what to do down to the very second you can remove your solar glasses safely with exact details for your location. https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2024-april-8.

February Solar Eclipse Events at the Perry Public Library

Perry Public Library Programs with free solar eclipse glasses giveaways*

  • Feb. 3th All Day Take Your Child to the Library Day (All Ages)
  • Feb. 17th @ 10am – 12pm Drop-in and Create a Space Shuttle (3 – 13 yrs.)
  • Feb. 20th @ 11 am Red Tie Variety: Solar Eclipse Science Show at Village Hall (5 – 18 yrs.)
  • Feb. 21st @ 11:30 am Solar Eclipse Storytime (2 – 10 yrs.)
  • Feb. 22nd @ 1:00 pm Cosmic Claw STEM Challenge (12-18 yrs.)
  • Feb. 23rd All Day Phases of the Eclipse Scavenger Hunt in the library (All Ages)

Look for presentations from NASA experts, eclipse inspired crafts, and more in March and April.