Eclipse related events at Menlo Park Library kick off this week

by Contributed Content on July 11, 2017

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The Bay Area is outside the path of totality — where the moon will completely cover the sun — but there’s still plenty to enjoy! Come to the Menlo Park Library for a series of special eclipse-related events from July 13 to August 21.

Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi
Thursday, July 13; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Main hall; (after-hours event) for adults and teens

Are you ready for the sky event of the decade? Dr. Andrew Fraknoi is going to entertain & educate with an illustrated, nontechnical talk, as he gets us ready for the big “all-American eclipse” that’s coming up on August 21.

Learn:
– How eclipses work
– Why they are one of nature’s most spectacular sights
– What scientists learn during eclipses
– Exactly when & where the eclipse will be visible
– How to observe the eclipse & the sun safely

Mesoamerica: Pyramids, Hieroglyphs, & Planets
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Downstairs program room; for adults and teens

The ancient Mayans developed some of the most accurate pre-telescope astronomy in the world! Join Peopleologie to learn about Mesoamerican contributions to our calendar system, mathematics, astronomy, and architecture. Later, we’ll get creative, pressing ancient-style carved animal hieroglyphs into clay to create a wall hanging-plaque.

Make an Eclipse Viewer
Saturday, August 12—Sunday, August 20
Drop-in during open library hours
Main floor puzzle tables; all ages

Create a simple solar projector to keep your eyes safe when you experience this rare eclipse! We’ll provide instructions & materials.

Xtreme Science Magic: Eclipse, Planetary, & Rocket Science
Thursday, August 17
Choose from one of two sessions:
11:30 am—12:30 pm
1:00 pm—2:00 pm
For grades 1-5; Pre-register online

It’s special hands-on fun, when the library’s program room will turn into a planetarium, surrounding the students in stars and light.

The Eclipse!
Monday, August 21
9:00-11:00 am
In front of the library – all agesIt’s the big event! Join us outside the library for snacks & viewing. We’ll bring the safety glasses for you to use.

Eclipse (Re)viewing party
Monday, August 21
6:30-7:30 pm
Downstairs program room – all ages

Drop in for an evening revisiting  the big event, as it was seen in its path of totality.

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