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View the Solar Eclipse on the Library Lawn

For the first time in almost 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the continental United States in a narrow band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina—while within Park Ridge, about 87% of the sun will disappear. It has been even longer for Illinois, where the last total eclipse was 148 years ago on August 1, 1869. 


Within Park Ridge, the partial eclipse begins at 11:53 a.m.; reaches its maximum at 1:19 p.m. and ends at 2:42 p.m. To allow patrons to view the eclipse safely, the Library is providing certified viewing glasses starting August 14. Patrons can pick them up at any Library service desk, while supplies last. 

In addition, to coincide with the eclipse viewing, the Library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to attend a special Celestial storytime celebrating the sun, moon and sky from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. They will discuss safe viewing strategies, distribute certified eye protection and go outside to view the partial eclipse! This program is drop in.              



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