Columbia, SC– On Monday, August 21, Columbia, South Carolina is set to experience two minutes and 36 seconds of darkness in the middle of the afternoon. Because Columbia is the third largest US city on the center line of the “path of totality,” Richland Library wants to help you gear up for the total solar eclipse.
There are a number of free programs planned in the coming weeks to get the whole family excited about and interested in space exploration, including:
- August 3 – Sun Spotters: Solar Astronomy, Preparing for the Great American Eclipse
- August 3 – Countdown to Launch
- August 10 – Solar Opposites
- August 12 & 17 – Eclipsed!
- August 18 – Moonlight Matinee
- August 20 – The Brilliance Behind the Beams
You can choose to take a journey through a book or documentary as well. There are plenty of out-of-this-world experiences available for all age groups, and our librarians have recommended the following titles:
- If You Decide to Go to the Moon (Children’s Book)
- What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees (Children’s Book)
- Eight Days Gone (Children’s Book)
- Life as We Knew It (Teen Book)
- Star Talk (Teen Book)
- Defy the Stars (Teen Book)
- Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos…and More Space Adventures (Documentary)
- Hubble’s Cosmic Journey (Documentary)
- When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Documentary)
Lastly, are you looking for solar glasses? They are a hot commodity. Get a free pair when you sign up for the 2017 Summer Learning Challenge. Richland Library also plans to hand out glasses the weekend before the total solar eclipse (August 19 & 20) at all of its locations – while supplies last.