Solar Eclipse

April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. In Berks County viewers will be able to see a near-total solar eclipse.

Safety is the number one priority when viewing a total solar eclipse. Be sure you are familiar with when you need to wear specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing by reviewing these safety guidelines from NASA.

Eclipse Events at RPL

Free eclipse glasses for participants at all RPL solar events; quantities limited while supplies last, provided by Starnet*.

April 1
1PM | Southeast Branch
Galaxy Jars –
all materials provided

4PM  | Main Library Children’s Department
Moon Stem

April 2
4PM  | Main Library Children’s Department
Eclipse Themed Food for Thought

April 3
4PM  | Main Library Children’s Department
Eclipse Art

4PM  | Main Library Teen Loft
Solar Eclipse Night
Make a solar eclipse t-shirt.

April 4
3:30PM| Southeast Branch
Galaxy Slime –
all materials provided

4PM  | Main Library Children’s Department
Eclipse Story Time 

April 8
2PM  | Southeast Branch
Eclipse Watch Party – limited supply of glasses; number of participants may be capped

2-4PM  | Reading Public Museum, Neag Planetarium
Solar Eclipse Celebration
Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning as we gather together to watch the eclipse.  We partnered with Reading Public Museum to celebrate.  RSVP to readingpublicmuseum.org to receive a pair of eclipse viewing glasses and a reserved seat to an exclusive planetarium show at 4pm. Look for more information on this event at readingpublicmuseum.org

3-4 PM  | Northwest Branch
Eclipse Watch Party – limited supply of glasses; number of participants may be capped

There will be a Board Meeting on Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm.

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