August 3, 2017 Nicole

UPDATE: No eclipse glasses remain at any location within the Delaware County District Library system. Thank you for your interest, and please check out any of the resources that NASA recommends to create your own safe solar viewer.


A partial solar eclipse is crossing the Delaware skies on Monday, August 21. This exciting celestial event, however, requires safety precautions to protect the eyes of any eclipse viewer. The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) will be offering free official eclipse viewing glasses to patrons with a library card.

“The upcoming solar eclipse aligns with the Library’s mission of continuing education for all,” said DCDL director, George Needham. “We’re so happy to offer the eclipse glasses to all our card holders, whether they’ve had a card for years or are new to the Library.”

The DCDL glasses are manufactured by American Paper Optics, one of the five manufacturers trusted by NASA. They are certified as safe for the eyes to look directly at the sun.

Beginning Monday, August 7, patrons are invited to stop by a local branch and either show their DCDL card or sign up for a library card, then take home their free pair of eclipse glasses. Supply is limited and the glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Get the process started and sign up for your card online today

Library branches are also getting in the spirit and will have astronomy and space materials out on display for individuals who are curious about the eclipse and want to learn more. In the mean time, check out some of the titles below to learn more!

Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by F. E. Close

Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses by Tyler Nordgren

In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony F. Aveni

Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses by John Dvorak

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

A Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism by Alexander Jones

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

The Hunt for Vulcan:... and How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet by Thomas Levenson

Eclipse Glasses