CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston County Public Library will provide numerous opportunities in August for residents of all ages to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse and pick up a pair of free safety glasses. A total eclipse of the sun will be visible Aug. 21 in the Continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. Eclipse-themed events at CCPL branches along with information on how to pick up free glasses are listed below. 

One pair of glasses will be distributed per household member while supplies last. 
Please contact your local branch if you have questions.

Cooper River Memorial Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed August 21.*
Total Solar Eclipse Prequel
Thursday, August 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Cooper River Memorial Library
A speaker from College of Charleston Astronomy Outreach Department and learn what to expect during the total eclipse on August 21. View the sun through a filtered telescope.

Eclipse Storytime and Craft
Monday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Cooper River Memorial Library
Enjoy storytime, and make a craft.

DIY Eclipse Viewers
Monday, August 21 at 12 p.m.
Cooper River Memorial Library
Make an eclipse viewer with household items. Materials provided.

Total Eclipse Party
Monday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
Cooper River Memorial Library
Get free solar eclipse glasses, and join a viewing of the total eclipse. Enjoy a jump castle, popcorn, shaved ice and crafts to celebrate this rare and spectacular event.

Dorchester Road Regional Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed during the eclipse-related programs scheduled  August 15 and August 21.*

Solar Quiz (ages 11 and younger) 
Tuesday, August 1-Monday, August 21
Dorchester Road Regional Library
Complete a quiz, and receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Limit one per child.

Solar Eclipse Celebration Movie
Monday, August 7 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Dorchester Road Regional Library
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Solar Eclipse Party (ages 11 and under) 
Thursday, August 10 at 2 p.m.
Dorchester Road Regional Library
Receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses, learn eye safety tips, and enjoy snacks, crafts and games.

Solar Storytime (ages 5 and younger) 
Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Dorchester Road Regional Library
Celebrate the solar eclipse with stories and activities about space.

Get Ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Tuesday, August 15 at 6 p.m.
Dorchester Road Regional Library
Learn where and when to safely view the solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses available while supplies last.

Solar Eclipse Party
Monday, August 21 from 1-3 p.m.
Dorchester Road Regional Library
View the eclipse outside or during a live streaming of the event inside the library. Solar eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last.

Edisto Branch Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed August 21.*

Eclipse Across America
Monday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
Edisto Branch Library
Learn about and view the solar eclipse. Pick up free solar eclipse viewing glasses from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Folly Beach Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed during eclipse-related programs.*
After-School STEAM Club (STEM + Art) 
Mondays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Snacks and fun activities related to space and the solar eclipse.

Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed during eclipse-related programs, and a select number of additional pairs will be available upon request. Please contact the branch for details.*
Totally Cool Total Eclipse Party (ages 4-11)
Tuesday, August 15 at 4 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
Get ready for next week's solar eclipse with fun crafts and free glasses.

Total Eclipse Live Stream
Monday, August 21 from 1-3 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
View NASA's Total Solar Eclipse MegaCast on the big screen.

DIY Craft (teens) 
Monday, August 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
Create your own galaxy in a jar for the solar eclipse.

James Island Branch Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed August 21 
and every Saturday prior to the eclipse.*

Saturday is Space Day (ages 11 and younger)
Saturdays, August 5, 12 and 19 all day
James Island Branch
Enjoy a space-themed activity, and receive solar eclipse viewing glasses.

Solar Eclipse Day (all ages)
Monday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m.
James Island Branch
Color, listen to music and a story, and pick up solar eclipse viewing glasses.

John L. Dart Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed August 15-19* 
Solar Eclipse Glasses Giveaway
Tuesday, August 15-Saturday, August 19
John L. Dart Library
Safely view the solar eclipse with a pair of free glasses. One pair of glasses is available per person while supplies last.

Eclipse Storytime
Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m.
John L. Dart Library
Get ready for the upcoming eclipse with stories, songs and activities.

Eclipse Viewer Building Workshop
Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
John L. Dart Library
Join College of Charleston's Physics and Astronomy department professor, Terry Richardson, lead an eclipse viewer building workshop.

Solar Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m.
John L. Dart Library
Learn about solar eclipses before the eclipse starts at 2:46 p.m. Solar eclipse glasses will be available upon request while supplies last.

John's Island Regional Library
*Safety glasses may be picked up from the branch beginning August 12*
Eclipse Preparation (ages 12 and younger)
Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. 
John's Island Regional Library
Learn about the upcoming eclipse with special guests from the College of Charleston, and make an eclipse craft.

Total Eclipse: An Essay performed by Maggie Worsdale (adults)
Monday, August 14 from 6-7 p.m.
John's Island Regional Library
Join us for the Traveling Literary Theater's dramatic reading of Annie Dillard's Total Eclipse.

Eclipse Program (all ages) 
Monday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m.
John's Island Regional Library
Celebrate the eclipse with crafts, then watch it happen live at the library. Eclipse glasses available upon request.

Main Library
*Safety glasses will only be distributed during eclipse-related programs.*
Total Eclipse of the Sun (grades 6-12)
Monday, August 14-Monday, August 21 
Main Library Teen Lounge
Participate in a variety of sun and eclipse-themed activities leading up to the solar eclipse on August 21.

Solar Eclipse Safety with NASA Specialists (all ages)
Saturday, August 19 from 11-11:45 a.m., 1-1:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Enjoy hands-on activities with NASA Specialists, and learn how to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse.

Total Eclipse Live Stream
Monday, August 21 from 1-3 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
View NASA’s 2017 Total Solar Eclipse MegaCast on the big screen. 
McClellanville Branch Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed during eclipse-related events, and a select number of additional pairs will be available upon request. Please contact the branch for details.*


Shadow Drawing
Saturday, August 5 at 11 a.m.
McClellanville Branch Library
Create your own art, and pick up free NASA eclipse glasses. 
Solar Eclipse Viewer 
Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m.
McClellanville Branch Library
Make your own solar eclipse viewer, and pick up free NASA eclipse glasses.

Eclipse Party 
Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m.
McClellanville Branch Library 
Astronomical fun and free NASA eclipse glasses.

Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed during eclipse-related programs.*
Solar Eclipse Party 
Tuesday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
Receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses, learn eye safety tips, and enjoy snacks, crafts and games.

Eclipse Livestream Party
Monday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
Join a simulcast viewing of the NASA Eclipse Megacast. Snacks will be provided.

Otranto Road Regional Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed during eclipse-related programs.*
Constellation Tube Stargazer Craft
Saturday, August 5 from 11-5 p.m.
Otranto Road Regional Library
Learn about constellations with this fun craft.

Total Solar Eclipse Awareness (teens)
Monday, August 7 from 3-4 p.m.
Otranto Road Regional Library
Learn where, when and how to view the solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses available while supplies last.

Junior Stargazers 
Thursday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. 
Otranto Road Regional Library
Enjoy stories, songs and activities about the solar system. Solar eclipse glasses available while supplies last.

Puffy Paint Moon Stargazer Craft
Saturday, August 12 from 11-5 p.m.
Otranto Road Regional Library
Learn about the moon with this fun craft.
Family Movie Time
Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m.
Apollo 13. Rated PG-13. Solar eclipse glasses available while supplies last.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (all ages)
Monday, August 21 at 2 p.m.
Otranto Road Regional Library
Join us to view a live stream of the total solar eclipse. Solar eclipse glasses available while supplies last.

Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch Library
*Safety glasses will be available to pick up August 14-19, as well as during the August 19 program.*
Eclipse Fun 
Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch Library
Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse, and make sun and moon crafts.

St. Paul's/Hollywood Branch Library
*Safety glasses will be availabile to pick up August 14-19, 
in addition to the August 19 program.* 

Eclipse Fun
Saturday, August 5-Saturday, August 12
St. Paul's/Hollywood Branch
Make solar bracelets, color pictures, and challenge yourself to solve puzzles.

Eclipse History
Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul's/Hollywood Branch Library
Learn about the history of eclipses, and make a craft.

Ready for the Eclipse
Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. 
St. Paul's/Hollywood Branch Library
View a video demonstration of the eclipse, make a craft, and pick up your eclipse glasses.

Village Branch Library

What to Expect from the Eclipse
Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. 
Village Branch Library
Learn about the eclipse, and enjoy a craft.

West Ashley Branch Library
*Safety glasses will be distributed August 15 while supplies last.*

Eclipse Fun (all ages)
Tuesday, August 15 at 2 p.m.
West Ashley Branch Library
Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse, make a solar bead bracelet, play games, and take home information about eye safety.