Laureldale, PA –Muhlenberg Community Library (MCL) and the Muhlenberg School District discovered their goals lined up like the moon and the sun for the “All-American” Eclipse on August 21st. MCL wanted to provide a venue for the community to learn about and view the eclipse. It applied for and was selected to receive a solar eclipse glasses kit courtesy of STAR Library Network (STAR-Net) with support from the Moore Foundation, Google, NASA, the Research Corporations and NSF. The grant calls for the 200 safety glasses to be handed out during a viewing event the day of the eclipse. Muhlenberg School District, looking for a way to get students more excited about science, scheduled a Super Solar Spectacular for K-6 students and their families on August 21st.
Recognizing a perfect alignment of goals and resources, the library and district set up a partnership that will benefit the entire community from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM the day of the eclipse. The event is free of charge. The library will offer StoryTimes (read by a Muhlenberg teacher) along with a craft at the top of each hour, an eclipse trivia game, science activities, an eclipse information display, adult and children’s suggested book titles and, of course, viewing of the eclipse.
The school district will have several stations set up with sun- and eclipse-themed activities and crafts. One of the stations will offer children the chance to design solar ovens and make s’mores. While supplies last participants at the school will also receive certified solar safety glasses with which to view the eclipse. Both venues will offer NASA’s live streaming of the total eclipse. The library’s activities are open to the public and will take place rain or shine. Participants do not have to be patrons of the library to attend. The school’s Super Solar Spectacular on the Muhlenberg Elementary Center (MEC) playground will take place only if the weather is sunny. A walkway between the library and MEC will be marked with signs.
The library is excited to partner with the school district in making science knowledge more accessible in our community.