MEDIA RELEASE - For immediate release
Date: July 21: 2017
Contact: Jodi Nielsen, Senior Program Educator
Experience the Solar Eclipse with Your Local Library: Pick up free viewing glasses while supplies last
Washington County, Oregon: For many viewing a total eclipse is a once in a life-time experience. While Washington County will not be in the zone for totality, the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) member libraries are pleased to bring the viewing experience to residents through a series of local events. The next solar eclipse won’t be visible in the continental U.S. until 2024 so don’t miss this rare opportunity.
Offered August 1 – 21, several programs are designed for all ages and a few are especially created with kids’ activities in mind. Stop by and pick up a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last. Be sure to check whether the program you’re interested in requires advance registration.
August 1 - 21
Eclipse Book Display
Tigard Public Library
Look for a book display on the 2017 solar eclipse this summer and pick up a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last!
Kid’s Interactive Eclipse
Tualatin Public Library at 11 a.m.
Designed for ages 8-12, come have a ball learning about the eclipse and how to safely view the event. Limited number of free eclipse viewing glasses to be given away.
Book Discussion: Hidden Figures
Sherwood Public Library at 6 p.m.
Inspired by the eclipse and all things related to the race to the moon, the library is a book discussion of Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the untold story of the African American women mathematicians who helped win the space race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Join in the lively discussion about this pivotal part of history. The first five to register get a free copy of the book. Registration required – call 503-625-6688.
August 15 - 21
Sherwood Public Library - all day
Join in the activities to celebrate the coming eclipse. Receive information about how to keep your eyes protected while watching the eclipse. Limited supply of eclipse viewing glasses will be available. Explore stations throughout the library with coloring, games and more.
Eclipses & Other Occultations
Tigard Public Library from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Roy Torley will prepare you for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, by sharing pictures and short movies of past eclipses of the sun, the moon and on Jupiter and Saturn.
Make a Pinhole Viewer for the Eclipse
Hillsboro Brookwood Library from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Use ordinary household materials to build a pinhole viewer to safely observe the August 21st solar eclipse. Library will provide materials and directions for different types of viewers.
Solar Eclipse Storytime
Hillsboro Shute Park Library from 4 - 5 p.m.
Have fun learning what will happen on August 21st and receive a pair of viewing glasses to safely look at the sun during the eclipse.
Solar Eclipse Viewing
Hillsboro Shute Park Library from 9 – 11 a.m.
Join in this rare opportunity to view a solar eclipse. Gather at the plaza where you can enjoy the eclipse with viewing glasses provide to make it safe to watch.
Solar Eclipse Viewing
Beaverton City Library Main, South Lawn from 9:45 -10:30 a.m.
Watch the eclipse with special viewing glasses on the library front lawn! This eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Beaverton will not experience a total eclipse (totality). Designed for ages 4-12 years with adult. Registration required; register online www.BeavertonLibrary.org/Register or call 503-350-3600.
Tualatin Public Library at 10 a.m.
Join as we safely view the eclipse! The library will provide glasses free of charge that will allow you to safely view the eclipse. Designed for all ages.
West Slope Library at 10 a.m.
Join in the eclipse viewing party. Glasses provided for safe viewing. All ages are welcome.
Bethany Library from 11 a.m. - noon
After viewing the total solar eclipse make a paper eclipse craft to reenact this amazing event again and again! All ages welcome.
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.