Live Oak Libraries holding special solar eclipse events for kids

Updated: Aug. 16, 2017 at 4:04 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Next week's stunning total solar eclipse in the United States is capturing everyone's attention - and it has local libraries busy teaching children all about the science behind it.

Special programs are being held at Live Oak Libraries - Oglethorpe Mall branch - just for kids. If you still don't have a pair of eclipse glasses, there are a few libraries, including this one, that are handing them out for free. There is a limited supply, but if they do run out, which they're anticipating, they'll also be making crafts related to the eclipse, such as a pinhole projector.

"We're going to do a brief science lesson about what an eclipse is, about the relative size of the earth, the moon, and the sun, and then we're going to set them free on some crafts and activities to help them better understand," said Katy MacFarlane, children's librarian.

I got my hands on a pair and I couldn't even see in front of me or the lights above me, which is a good indicator that you have certified glasses.

"It's important to make sure that the glasses you get - if you don't get them from us - are ISO approved, or NASA approved. We can guarantee that the ones we're giving you today are, but if you can't get guaranteed ones, the pinhole view is your best bet," MacFarlane said.

The program at Live Oak Library begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Click here for a list of scheduled events.

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