Park City Library will host solar eclipse picnic
Event will include games and glasses
August 18, 2017
The Park City Library cordially invites the public to celebrate Monday's solar eclipse.
The library's staff will throw a free solar eclipse picnic party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, said Katrina Kmak, Park City Library youth services and Spanish services.
"People are welcome to bring their own picnics, but we'll also have snacks, lemonade, Popsicles, fruit and veggies for people who want to come spend time with us," Kmak told The Park Record. "The eclipse is supposed to happen approximately around 11:30 a.m., and people can hang around for as long as want afterwards."
In addition to the snacks, Park City Library staff will hand out certified eclipse-viewing glasses that have been provided by a partnership with the American Library Association and Star Net, a nonprofit within the National Center for Interactive Learning that provides science, technology activities and resources (STAR) for libraries.
"I received an email in January and applied to get the glasses," Kmak said. "After I applied, they wanted a list of programming possibilities. So, we submitted our information and, in return, received a box of 1,000 glasses."
Earlier this month the library welcomed Ann House, the NASA Night Sky Network Ambassador for the Salt Lake Astronomical Society.
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"She came and did a talk about the science behind the eclipse," Kmak said. "We had great attendance, and handed out about 200 glasses during that event."
Since then the library has been inundated with calls asking about the glasses.
"We'll hand them out at the party on Monday, so I would encourage everyone to come early," Kmak said. "People can check in at the patio."
Monday's eclipse picnic happens to coincide with the end of the library's summer reading program.
"We thought a great way tie it in with this lovely natural celebratory event," Kmak said. "The party will also be an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate their accomplishments of the goals they set for the readings."
Prizes will include books for all ages, and eclipse watching kits.
"Our staff will make these kits by making pinholes in paper," Kmak said. "This is a safe way to see the eclipse without looking directly into the sun."
There will also be grand-prize drawings for iPod Minis for those who completed their reading goals.
Kmak is looking forward to the party.
"We have 91 percent visibility of the eclipse in Park City, and the library has a wonderful open space to do that in the library field," she said. "We also just started checking out outdoor games and equipment. We have a cool collection of items that people can set up and play with, so people can watch the eclipse and then play some games."
A free solar eclipse picnic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave. For information, visit http://www.parkcitylibrary.org.