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Keene Public Library joins NASA and other organizations in celebrating the celestial event of the century

The Keene Public Library 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 hasn't occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. Keene and 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.  

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017.

Keene Public Library will offer a range of public programs to bring the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to children, teens, and adults. At each program, the library will provide a free pair of safety solar viewing glasses. Glasses will be provided one to a person to those attending an eclipse themed program. On Tuesday, July 25 at 1 p.m.  Keene State College Professor Sarah Mcgregor will offer a program to explain the eclipse to children. On Thursday, August 3 at 6 p.m, Claudio Veliz of the Keene Amateur Astronomers will explain what a solar eclipse is and how you can safely view the Sun. On Thursday, August 10 at 6 p.m., materials and supplies will be provided to make solar pin viewers. On the day of the eclipse, the library and the members of the  Keene Public Library will host a viewing party with activities and solar telescopes for viewing. For a more information about events, visit the library's web calendar at keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar or contact Gail at 603-352-0157.

“We are proud that Keene Public Library will participate in this national program,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Community Services. “We have partnered with the Keene Amateur Astronomers to help our community prepare for this amazing astronomy event. 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.”

Keene Public Library is located at 60 Winter Street. Our eclipse programs are free and open to the public. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Summer Saturdays.

Keene Public Library 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.