Experience the Great American Eclipse with TADL

It’s the celestial event of a lifetime…a total eclipse of the sun! (Not the 1983 Billboard Hit by Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart.)

On August 21, 2017, this eclipse will make landfall over Oregon (9:05 a.m. PDT) and move across the United States of America before exiting off the coast of South Carolina 4:09 p.m. EDT). It’s the first total eclipse in the United States since February 26, 1979. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth.

While Northern Michigan is too far north of the path of totality (a 70 mile wide path where the moon completely blocks the sun out), a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States. There are two ways to experience the eclipse with the help of your Traverse Area District Library.

  1. View it outside on you own! Make Sure You’re Safely Covered For Eclipse 2017. We distributed over 2,000 pair of solar eclipse shades at our six library locations in Grand Traverse County!
    You can also make your own pin hole viewer at home, or other methods here on Bob Moller’s Blog…no glasses necessary!
    UPDATE: Due to their popularity, we are out of Solar Eclipse Glasses and will not get any more before the eclipse.
  2. Check out this link for great parent & teacher resources about the eclipse.
  3. Join us at the TADL Main Library (610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI) to watch the NASA livestream of the eclipse from Noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Youth Story Room. 

Wherever you are on August 21st, have fun and be safe while experiencing the solar eclipse. See you at the library!


(example of the free solar glasses available at any TADL location)