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Here Comes the Eclipse!

Everyone’s talking about the total eclipse coming on August 21! Here’s where to go to find out more about it.

Want to learn why the eclipse is happening? Visit the official website at

Come get ready for the eclipse with special programs at the library! See the list below.

Looking for solar glasses?

  • All Richland Library locations will be handing out glasses the weekend before the eclipse, and free glasses will be distributed at the majority of events listed on

  • You can purchase glasses at the Columbia SC Visitors’ Center, the SC State Museum, the SC State House Gift Shop, Mast General Store on Main Street and 20/20 Vision in Five Points. Glasses range from $1-3 each.

  • If you are planning to participate in the Summer Learning Challenge, you’ll receive a free pair when you sign up at any of our Richland Library locations.


The Great American Eclipse of 2017 with Mark Littmann

Through stories, photographs, and artwork, we'll explore the mythology, history, and scientific significance of eclipses--and how to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, the most amazing of all celestial sights.

11 am – 12:30 pm, Saturday, July 29, Main


Sun Spotters: Solar Astronomy – Preparing for the Great American Eclipse for all ages

The eclipse is almost here! Join us for a hands-on learning session about solar eclipses and how to safely view them. (Rain date: August 10)

11 am – 12:30 pm, Thursday, August 3, Ballentine


Solar Opposites for families

Join us as we read stories about the sun and the moon, then make a craft that is simply out of this world!

3 – 4 pm, Thursday, August 10, Blythewood


Eclipsed! for families

Join us to learn all about eclipses and make a craft that will put you into orbit!

10:30 am, Saturday, August 12, Blythewood

3 pm, Thursday, August 17, Blythewood


Moonlight Matinee for families

Watch the movie "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," featuring Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming and a solar eclipse.

2:30 pm, Friday, August 18, Blythewood