4/15-5/3: Central Library Lower Level/Children’s Library area will be closed due to construction work.

pair of eclipse glasses

Santa Barbara Public Library Distributes Free Eclipse Glasses and Hosts Related Programming

Authored on

In preparation for the partial solar eclipse on the morning of April 8th, Santa Barbara Public Library will be giving out eclipse glasses starting on March 18th. Library staff will give out eclipse glasses at Eastside Library, Montecito Library, the children’s library desk and upper-level desk at Central Library, and at Library on the Go stops while supplies last.

If schools or community groups are interested in sets of eclipse glasses to host their own viewing, reach out via the Library’s website contact form to make arrangements.

Families can also attend a special edition of Library Lab, SBPL’s weekly STEAM educational event for school-age children, in anticipation of the eclipse. Library Lab: Eclipse Edition will be held on Sunday, March 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery at Central Library. Children and families can learn about eclipses and outer space with fun, interactive STEAM activities. Eclipse glasses will be given out to attendees at this event. Learn more in the Library’s event calendar.

Local Astronomer and NASA Solar System Ambassador Krissie Cook will be facilitating an activity at Library Lab: Eclipse Edition and is ready to answer all your eclipse-related questions! Krissie Cook was selected to be a Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) Eclipse Expert by STAR Net and is excited to share her knowledge.

Distribution of glasses and related programming are possible because of the SEAL program! SEAL is provided thanks to a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and a supplement to the NASA@ My Library Project and managed by the Space Science Institute’s STAR Net team. STAR Net is providing 5 million solar viewing glasses to about 10,000 public libraries and 55 state library agencies across the nation. Eclipses are only safe to view with solar viewers like these that are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. These viewers can be reused as long as their filters aren’t scratched, punctured, torn, coming loose from the frame, or otherwise damaged. To learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse, go to scigames.org/eclipse.

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at SBPLibrary.org for information about programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.