Free fun awaits at several library branches in honor of the upcoming total solar eclipse!
If you’re not aware of the total solar eclipse happening on Monday, Aug. 21, you must be living on another planet in a galaxy far, far away!
It’s the first total solar eclipse to sweep the nation coast to coast since 1918, and the last time Nashville was in the path of totality was 1478! The 70-mile wide path of totality touches no land outside the U.S., and Nashville is the largest city within the eclipse path. The partial eclipse phase starts at 11:59 a.m., and the total eclipse happens at 1:27 p.m.
Good news for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools and Sumner County School District — school will be out on Aug. 21 for the big event since they fall within the path of totality. School’s in for students in Franklin Special School District, Williamson County Schools, Lebanon Special School District, Wilson County School District, Murfreesboro City School District and Rutherford County School District. Most schools in those districts will incorporate eclipse education and viewing on the big day.
ECLIPSE FUN AT LOCAL LIBRARIES
Area libraries are getting in on the celestial celebration. Here’s what’s happening in your county:
Saturday, Aug. 19
Southeast Branch Library
5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch
A Total Solar Eclipse @ Your Library event for ages 12 and younger takes place at 10:30 a.m. Kids can learn about the upcoming eclipse and get free viewing glasses (while supplies last).
Monday, Aug. 21
720 Baugh Road, Nashville
All ages can experience a guided experience of the natural phenomenon starting at 1 p.m.
4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville
Eclipse Viewing Party from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for all ages includes movies, coloring, moon-themed stories, refreshments and more.
Edmondson Pike Library
5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville
From 1 – 2 p.m., all ages can learn the history and science of eclipses before witnessing the celestial sight. A limited amount of free glasses will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
Green Hills Library
3701 Benham Ave., Nashville
This branch hosts The Celestial Event of the Century party from 12 – 1:30 p.m. for all ages. Learn how eclipses occur, eat eclipse-themed snacks, make eclipse crafts and more. Free glasses while supplies last.
610 Gallatin Road S., Madison
All ages can join the Eclipse Viewing Event from 12 – 2 p.m. that includes refreshments. Free glasses will be given out at noon while supplies last.
615 Church St., Nashville
The Total Eclipse of the Books takes place in the second floor courtyard. Free glasses on first come, first served basis. Enjoy eclipse-themed music, books and DVDs, plus a give away of 100 exclusive handmade eclipse zines.
Richland Park Library
4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
Ages 2 – 6 can read stories about the eclipse from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. during an Eclipse Day Preschool Storytime. A Solar Eclipse Viewing for all ages takes place from 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. where participants can learn about eclipse history/science prior to viewing the phenomenon.
Thompson Lane Library
380 Thompson Lane, Nashville
All ages can join the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 1 – 2 p.m.
La Vergne Public Library
5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne
• Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 6 – 7 p.m. teens can make glow-in-the-dark moon phase shirts. Call ahead to RSVP.
• Monday, Aug. 21 from 12 – 2 is the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Glasses provided, and there will also be themed music and food.
Linebaugh Public Library
105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro
• Monday, Aug. 21 is The Great American Eclipse @ Linebaugh at 1 p.m. It takes place out on the city plaza in front of the library, and glasses provided while supplies last.
Gallatin Public Library
123 E. Main St., Gallatin
• Stop by the library Aug. 15 – 19 to pick up a free pair of viewing glasses — 1 pair per person present.
• Total Eclipse Party takes place Thursday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. for ages 16 & older. Play games, have conversations, enjoy food and drinks to celebrate the upcoming once-in-a-lifetime event.
Hendersonville Public Library
140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville
Pick up free solar viewing glasses while supplies last at these events:
• Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. is a teen prep event. Kids will create a solar eclipse time capsule and constellation boxes.
• Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. is a puppet show with an eclipse theme for all ages.
Portland Public Library
301 Portland Blvd., Portland
• The YA Solar Event Party for ages 12 and older takes place Thursday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m.
White House Public Library
105 B College St., White House
• Daily programs take place Aug. 14 – 19. Check website for details.
• Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. teens can make Galaxy T-shirts in prep for the event.
• An Eclipse Party on Monday, Aug. 21 is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free viewing glasses while supplies last. Other activities include crafts, making a time capsule and watching a screening of Spark, a Space Tail.
Libraries in Williamson have no events as the county is outside the path of totality.
Mt. Juliet Library
2765 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet
• Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. is a Homeschool Solar Eclipse program for students of all ages. The presentation focuses on how and why solar eclipses occur along with fun legends and folklore. Plus, learn about potential hazards.
• Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. is a Solar Eclipse Lifelong Learning program for teens and adults. Discover interesting facts about eclipses.