Eastern Shore Public Library

Great American Eclipse

Here at your public library we are excited about the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this event, the shadow of the moon will travel across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic as a result of a total solar eclipse. The last total solar eclipse that occurred in the United States was nearly 40 years ago and the next after this one will not be until 2024. The rest of the United States and North America outside of this band will observe a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering only a portion of the Sun.


This event offers a great opportunity for our library community to celebrate science.

Join us in the Children’s Room at the Main Library in Accomac on the morning of the eclipse, to listen to online storytelling from the webpage “Explore! The Vanishing Sun – Eclipse Tales from Around the World”

The multi-cultural eclipse folktales we will be playing “. . . were researched and recorded by professional storytellers Cassandra Wye and Fran Stallings at the request of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, to engage a variety of audiences, particularly in preparation for the August 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  The storytellers learned these stories from a variety of people and obtained their permission to tell these stories, sometimes traveling great distances to do so. Although the stories may have humorous elements, our intent is to respect the cultures of origin and their traditions.  We ask that discussions of the stories incorporate this respect.” – from the website of Education and Public Engagement at the Lunar and Planetary Institute at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/eclipse/

We will also display NASA’s live streaming of the eclipse as it occurs across the United States beginning at around 1:15 PM.

children outside

Drop by the library in Accomac or Nassawadox and get a “free” pair of eclipse viewing glasses. SORRY WE ARE NOW OUT OF GLASSES. We only ask that you do one of the following:

  • send us a “selfie” of you wearing your glasses, or
  • decorate your glasses with your choice of glitter, stickers, etc. and send us a photo, or
  • go to this link (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse‐six) and describe in a six-word sentence what your eclipse experience was like. Your entry will be included on the NASA website along with other entries, and the “Eclipse in Six” will be part of a NASA time capsule to be opened at the time of the next eclipse on April 24, 2024. Send your sentence to us at the library also.


Send your photo or sentence to us at youthservices@espl.org. We plan to post as many sentences and photos as we can on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

In addition, here are some wonderful online resources you will find interesting:

Eclipse Observing Guide published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) – http://static.nsta.org/extras/solarscience/SolarScienceInsert.pdf

Eclipse Live at NASA – https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

New 2017 Solar Eclipse Guide written by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz – http://www.starnetlibraries.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Eclipe-Guide-WEB-033117.pdf

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App – https://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/apps/total-solar-eclipse-app

Xavier Jubier’s 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Google Map –  http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

The Eclipse Megamovie Project – this group will gather images of the 2017 total solar eclipse from over 1,000 volunteer photographers, amateur astronomers, and others and then combine them into a “megamovie” to share with the public. https://eclipsemega.movie/

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