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Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024

Get ready for the total solar eclipse on ( M) April 8, 2024 with great resources from the Library!

You can request up to 4 eclipse glasses per household beginning (M) March 4. You will be able to pick up glasses at locations as supplies last. We will not be able to mail glasses.

The only safe way to look directly at the sun during an eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, like eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers.

Remember the only safe time to look at the sun without solar filters is during the 2-4 minutes of total eclipse. It is never safe to look at the sun without solar filters during any other phases of the eclipse, or if you are viewing a partial or annular eclipse.

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(M) March 11 | 3:30 — 4:30 p.m. | Holland

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(M) March 11 | 3:30 — 4:30 p.m. | Sanger

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Tu) March 12 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Birmingham

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Th) March 14 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Sylvania

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(Th) March 14 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Mott

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(M) March 18 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Mott

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(M) March 18 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Kent

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(Tu) March 19 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Waterville

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(Tu) March 19 | 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. | South

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(W) March 20 | 4 — 5 p.m. | West Toledo

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Th) March 21 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Maumee

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Sa) March 23 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Oregon

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(M) March 25 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Waterville

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(M) March 25 | 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. | Toledo Heights

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(Tu) March 26 | 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. | Point Place

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(W) March 27 | 2 — 3 p.m. | King Road

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(Th) March 28 | 3:30 — 4:30 p.m. | Holland

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Th) March 28 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Reynolds Corners

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(Sa) March 30 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Main Library

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Sa) March 30 | 2:30 — 3:30 p.m. | Sanger

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(M) April 1 | 2 — 3 p.m. | South

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Solar Eclipse Bag

(M) April 1 | 5:30 — 6:30 p.m. | Oregon

Use paint to create a total solar eclipse that looks like the real thing! Bags will be provided.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(Tu) April 2 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Kent

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(W) April 3 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Locke

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Solar Eclipse Crafts

(W) April 3 | 4 — 5 p.m. | King Road

Celebrate this rare event by making solar eclipse works of art.

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Solar Eclipse Craft / Afterschool Club

(W) April 3 | 4 — 5 p.m. | West Toledo

Come and do a craft for the upcoming solar eclipse!

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Colorful Chalk Art

(W) April 3 | 4:30 — 5:30 p.m. | Kent

Let your creativity loose while making fabulous chalk art!

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Solar Eclipse Safety and Photography

(Th) April 4 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Main Library

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(Th) April 4 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Heatherdowns

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Who Turned Out The Lights?!

(F) April 5 | 2 — 3 p.m. | Lagrange

What happens during a solar eclipse and what safety precautions do we need to take?

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Solar Eclipse Workshop on Wheels

(Sa) April 6 | 3 — 4 p.m. | Washington

Hands on activities will help us become amateur astronomers excited for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse taking place on April 8.

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Safely view the solar eclipse

  • The only safe way to look directly at the sun during an eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, like eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers.
  • Remember the only safe time to look at the sun without solar filters is during the 2-4 minutes of total eclipse. It is never safe to look at the sun without solar filters during any other phases of the eclipse, or if you are viewing a partial or annular eclipse.
  • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.
  • After the eclipse, please drop off your glasses for recycling from April 8 – 18 at any Library location or Imagination Station.

Eclipse facts:

  • A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky darkens as if it were dawn or dusk.
  • The total solar eclipse will be on Monday, April 8, 2024. The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds, almost double that of the eclipse of August 21, 2017. 
  • In Toledo the partial eclipse will begin at 1:56 p.m. and the total eclipse begins at 3:13 p.m.. Start times and duration will differ depending on where within Toledo you are located. The duration will likely be somewhere around 1 minute and 47 seconds and the partial eclipse will end at 4:26 p.m.
  • The path of the 2024 eclipse is about 9,200 miles long from beginning to end.
  • In the U.S, from Texas to Maine, the path of the 2024 eclipse is about 2,142 miles long, representing only about 23 percent of its total length.