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LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY JOINS NASA AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN CELEBRATING THE CELESTIAL EVENT OF THE CENTURY

posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:08 AM by Rex Bain
(MOULTON, AL), (August 7, 2017) — The Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that has not occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.  

The LCPL is located at 401 College Street, Moulton, AL. Our eclipse programs are free and open to the public.  As the LCPL only received 200 eclipse glasses, glasses will be available Monday, August 21, beginning at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Glasses will be limited to one per attendee.  Glasses will be reserved for those attending an eclipse program in August prior to August 21.  On August 21, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to insure their child(ren) are wearing their eclipse glasses correctly.

The LCPL will offer a range of public programs to bring the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults. On July 21, the LCPL offered “Twinkle, Twinkle Great Big Star” during our Children’s Story Time.  On Thursday, August 10, Wayne White will be speaking at the LCPL on Eclipse Viewing Safety at 6 p.m.  The LCPL hopes to offer an additional program prior to the eclipse, but details are still pending.  For a full schedule of events, visit www.lawrencecpl.org or contact 256.974.0883.

“We are proud that the Lawrence County Public Library will participate in this national program,” said Rex Bain, LCPL Director. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”

The LCPL has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation.  

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