• Randi Strutton, Atlanta Public Library programming and outreach manager, demonstrated a pair of eclipse glasses.

Library planning outdoor event surrounding Aug. 21 eclipse

With the much-anticipated solar eclipse just a few weeks away, the Atlanta Public Library staff is planning an event to make the experience fun and educational for local residents.

The library’s Eclipse Party will take place on Aug. 21 and will last from noon to 1:30 p.m.

“They (the public) can come and go -- the height of the eclipse is at 1:09 p.m.,” said Randi Strutton, the library’s programming and outreach manager.

Those attending can enjoy free Lunar Links (hot dogs), Sun Chips, Moon Pies, liquid hydrogen (water), and also eclipse-themed treats.

Most importantly, the library will provide eclipse glasses for those who wish to literally view the eclipse. The glasses will be available to attendees at the event on a first-come, first-served basis, Library Director Jackie Icenhower said, and won’t be handed out in advance. “They make it safe to actually look at the sun,” she added.

The event will be held outdoors at the library. The fire department will provide several large shop fans to help beat the heat, Icenhower said, and there will also be a fire truck on hand for kids to take a look at.

There will be craft tables to peruse, and games for kids.

One will call on them to make their own sun dial.

In East Texas, people will not see a total eclipse. It’s expected that here, the sun will be eclipsed by approximately 80 percent. There is a 70-mile wide “totality zone” stretching from the northwest to the east coast in which people will experience a total eclipse.

According to NASA, this will be the first total solar visible only in the United States since the country was founded.

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