The solar hub for eclipse excitement

Cabarrus County Public Library branches host eclipse watch parties

 

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Aug. 10, 2017 – Libraries across the country are preparing for a rare and exciting event: An All-American Total Solar Eclipse--the first to travel coast-to-coast since 1918.

The Cabarrus County Public Library joins more than 1,000 libraries nationwide who will celebrate the celestial event of the century. During the event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band, starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina.
 
The library will host eclipse watch parties at the following branches: Concord (27 Union St N), Harrisburg (201 Sims Parkway), Kannapolis (850 Mountain St) and Mt. Pleasant (8556 Cook St), Monday, Aug. 21 from noon-4 p.m.
 
The library will offer a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related programs throughout the month leading up to the eclipse. These event include book discussions, celestial science programs, and a star party on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Camp T.N. Spencer Park, in partnership with Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks and the Charlotte Amateur Astronomy Club.

The libraries received 3,200 free pairs of safety glasses through grant funding and participation in the official Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party, hosted by the University of North Carolina Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Participants attending the watch parties will receive a free pair of safety glasses, while supplies last, along with demonstrations led by trained staff members.

Mt. Pleasant branch manager, Jackie Mills, first learned of the eclipse in October 2016 while attending a conference for rural and small libraries in Fargo, North Dakota. She was immediately intrigued.
 
“We are thrilled that Cabarrus County Public Library will participate in this national program,” Mills said. “We hope people of all ages and backgrounds, throughout the community, will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”
 
Participating community partners include 4-H of Cabarrus County, Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks, Piedmont Residential Development Center, Girl Scout Troops 760, 2160, 1061, and Boy Scout Troop 264. Scouts who attend these programs will receive credit towards various astronomy-related badges.
 
To learn more about the Cabarrus County Public Library System, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/library or follow them on Facebook @CabarrusCountyLibrary or call 704-920-2050.