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Aug 02

Library News: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party & Resources

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 1:47 PM by Elizabeth Land

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the continental US for the first time since 1918. Every state will see at least 60% of the Sun covered by the Moon. People on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a total eclipse, with the Moon briefly covering the Sun and day turning into night.

The Solar Eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. Special eclipse glasses or indirect viewing techniques are needed to look at the Sun safely during an eclipse. (Sun glasses are not acceptable.) If you haven't already received your own, a select number will be distributed at the Eclipse Viewing Party, planned for 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Tabb Library. Glasses are available thanks to the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Learn more about eclipse glasses on our Library News & Information page. For more information on the eclipse, visit NASA's Eclipse website or look below for library resources related to the eclipse.

Nonfiction Resources
  • Book cover for American EclipseAmerican Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron — On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon's shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event--a total solar eclipse--offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system's most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. David Baron's page-turning drama refracts nineteenth-century science through the mythologized age of the Wild West, revealing a history no less fierce and fantastical.
  • Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close — This book explains why eclipses happen, reveals their role in history, literature and myth, and focuses on eclipse chasers, who travel with ecstatic fervor to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe to be present at the moment of totality.
  • In the Shadow of the Moon: The science, magic, and mystery of solar eclipses by Anthony F. Aveni — In one accessible and engaging read, Aveni explains the science behind the phenomenon, tracks eclipses across the ancient world, and examines the roles of solar eclipses in modern times to reveal the profound effects these cosmic events have had on human history.
  • Mask of the Sun: The science, history and forgotten lore of eclipses — What do Virginia Woolf, the rotation of hurricanes, Babylonian kings and Einstein's General Theory Relativity all have in common? Eclipses. Always spectacular and, today, precisely predicable, eclipses have allowed us to know when the first Olympic games were played and, long before the first space probe, that the Moon was covered by dust. Mask of the Sun reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses, with insightful detail and vividly accessible prose.
  • Sun, Moon, Earth: The history of solar eclipses from omens of doom to Einstein and exoplanets — With beautiful illustrations and a detailed map, Sun Moon Earth has everything you need to get ready for the 2017 solar eclipse. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.
  • Science for Kids: Day and night, Earth, moon, solar eclipse, solstice (DVD) — Divided into segments, this program is designed to reinforce and support a viewer's comprehension and retention of these terms through use of video footage, photographs, diagrams, and colorful, animated graphics and labels.
  • The Science Behind Wonders of the Sun by Suzanne Garbe — The Sun gives life to our planet, but it also produces some amazing phenomena. From sun dogs and green flash to solar eclipses, The Science Behind Wonders of the Sun looks at some of these phenomena, explaining how and why they occur.
  • Looking up! The science of stargazing by Joe Rao — Become an expert on the stars in the sky with this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read book for kids, part of a series about the science of fun stuff! Plus, this book contains a special section in the back all about the August 2017 total eclipse of the sun that will be visible throughout most of the United States.
Fiction 
  • Book cover for Jade Dragon MountainJade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart — In this historical mystery, Li Du, a former imperial librarian, arrives in Dayan to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing.
  • Every Soul a Star: A Novel by Wendy Mass (Teen) — At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It's also were three lives are about to be changed forever. Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one's place in the universe.
  • The Day My Dogs Became Guys by Merrill Markoe (Early Reader) — When an eclipse of the sun turns Carey's three dogs into people, they cause enormous problems by continuing to behave like dogs.