Four Lancaster County’s public libraries will hold Solar Eclipse programs

Solar Eclipse

In preparation for the upcoming Solar Eclipse that’s happening on Monday, August 21, only several public libraries will be holding related programming.   The much-sought-after special viewing glasses will be available ONLY for those who are registered to attend the programs that will be held at the public libraries listed below. The public should be aware that not all eclipse-viewing glasses are safe for use.

Visit to find out which Solar Eclipse glasses are safe and approved. NASA recommends buying eclipse viewing glasses from any one of just five companies: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.


Public Library Programs

Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Eastern Lancaster County Library is having a program on Monday, August 21 at 2:00 pm. Librarians at the library have set aside solar eclipse viewing glasses from STAR-Net (NASA approved); so there will be glasses for those who attend the program to participate. The library does have viewing glasses that will be distributed on a “first come first serve basis”. Once the glasses run out, there will be no more.

Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Bring your lunch, lawn chairs, shade umbrellas or just a blanket to setup on our big front lawn to get a good view of the “Great American Solar Eclipse.” According to LNP “In Pennsylvania, the partial eclipse begins after 1 p.m. and will end by 4 p.m. The middle of the eclipse, when the maximum amount of sun is covered, will be around 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.” In Lancaster County we will see nearly 75% of the sun covered by the moon’s shadow. No sign-up required.   Special glasses available while supplies last (donation requested)

Ephrata Public Library

VR glasses available to those attending our solar eclipse programs. 

Join the Eclipse Revolution
Wednesday, August 9
3:00 pm

Explore rotational movements of the sun, moon and our planet Earth through art and physical activity to prepare for the solar eclipse! Bring a smock or wear old clothing. Weather permitting, activities will take place outdoors. Ages 7-11.

Solar Eclipse Party with NASA Solar System Ambassador Ed Pinero
Monday, August 21
2:00 pm

Join us for educational activities, interpretive dance, a live stream of the solar eclipse across the nation, and enjoy light solar themed refreshments as we safely view the Solar Eclipse! Viewing glasses provided to registrants. The maximum partial eclipse at 76% obscuration occurs at 2:42p.m. EST for our geographic coordinates. Viewing glasses provided to those who register.

Lancaster Public Library

Leap into Science: So You See What I See?
Thursday, August 17

6:00 pm

Come to the library in August for a workshop focused on LIGHT. Families will play with light by shining it through objects, bouncing it off of shiny surfaces, and blocking it to create shadows. This workshop will feature a station on the Solar Eclipse in which the moon will block the light from the sun! This Eclipse will be visible Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2017. Feel free to drop in, and stay as long as you like.

Leap into Science: So You See What I See?
Monday, August 21
10:30 am

According to Coreena Byrnes, Lancaster Public Library’s Youth Librarian, “We are holding a solar eclipse program on August 21st as part of the Leap into Science grant. We also have viewing glasses. We have been distributing them to the public, but we’re running out quickly. We plan to save a set amount (maybe 250) for the two programs we’re doing (one on Thursday 8/17 and one the morning of the eclipse), and we’re giving out the rest on a “first come, first served” basis.

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