A total solar eclipse will take place Monday, August 21, and the First Coast will have a front row seat. To celebrate the occasion, the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, in partnership with NASA, will host a series of eclipse-related events in the days leading up to the main event.
Families are invited to attend this month’s “Goodnight Moon Family Bedtime Storytime” Aug. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. Arts and crafts will be followed by stories and songs about the moon. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas for this family bonding experience.
Children and their families will have the opportunity to make their own NASA eclipse models and learn about outer space in the children’s department of the library Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19.
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can also listen in as NASA Solar System Ambassador Sam Turley provides tips for viewing the eclipse safely.
From 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., astronomy enthusiasts of all ages will gather at the library for the live nationwide streaming of the eclipse. Glasses for viewing the eclipse safely will be provided while supplies last. There will also be a station for visitors to make their own solar eclipse viewers out of cereal boxes brought from home. The eclipse will occur between 2 and 3 p.m.
Following the eclipse, the library will show the Disney movie “Flight of the Navigator” on its large screen from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.