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Washoe County Library Branches Offering Free Solar Eclipse Glasses (UPDATED)


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Solar eclipse glasses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE: The initial lot of 500 glasses has been depleted.  An additional 2,000 have been ordered and are anticipated to arrive at the branches the week of August 14, according to the county.

The solar eclipse, also referred to as a total eclipse of the sun, is scheduled to last about two minutes and 40 seconds Aug. 21. A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun.

Libraries also have several books about the sun in stock, along with a variety of hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics activities. The STEAM programs include the Studio775 Makerspaces.

“Libraries, in addition to programs and events, have increased their collections with items in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math that are ready for checkout,” library director Jeff Scott said in a statement.

For a list of branches and hours, visit https://www.washoecountylibrary.us/libraries/

For more information about makerspaces, visit https://www.washoecountylibrary.us/services/studio775.php

For information on the eclipse, which includes time of day in various locations, visit https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html.

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Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.