Or is it?  Join us on Thursday, August 17, to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse, and again on Monday, August 21, to celebrate it!

At noon on August 17, “Astro Bob” King, of Arrowhead Astronomical Society and Duluth News Tribune fame, will present a program on the eclipse.  Topics covered include the whys and hows of solar eclipses, the infrequency of total solar eclipses relative to place, the importance of safe viewing practices, and more.

The Solar Eclipse Party on August 21 begins at 11:30 and runs until 1:00, the optimal time to view the eclipse in our area.  Dale Kentoph, of the Range Astronomy Club, will be here to speak and to share his telescope.  This program is appropriate for children and families.  BONUS:  Eclipse-themed snacks!

Those who attend either of these programs will receive FREE eclipse viewing glasses provided by STAR_Net, a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding for STAR_Net programs is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (SEPA).

Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Virginia Public Library.  Join the Friends today and become part of a vibrant organization that works to make programs such as these successful.

Call 748-7525 for more information.