The Great American Eclipse at the Library
Here at your Eastern Shore of Virginia public library we thoroughly enjoyed August 21, 2017, the day of the Solar Eclipse. This event offered a great opportunity for our library community to celebrate science.
In Accomac and Nassawadox during the two weeks before the eclipse, we handed out “free” eclipse viewing glasses until we ran out.
On August 21, the full shadow of the moon traveled across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean as a result of the total solar eclipse. In Nassawadox and Accomac, we took advantage of our digital projectors to display NASA’s live streaming of the eclipse as it occurred across the United States.
The rest of the United States and North America observed a partial eclipse, where the Moon covered only a portion of the Sun. The Eastern Shore was outside of that narrow band, so we observed a partial eclipse. In Accomac, we shared a few pairs of our own eclipse glasses with patrons visiting the library and took turns viewing the eclipse at different phases. We also had some kid fun creating pin hole projections of the eclipse using card stock and a hole punch.
The last total solar eclipse that occurred in the United States was nearly 40 years ago and the next one will not be until 2024. We hope to enjoy another fun day of celebrating with our patrons then too!