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Here Comes the Eclipse!

Everyone’s talking about the total eclipse coming on August 21! Here’s where to go to find out more about it.

Want to learn why the eclipse is happening? Visit the official website at

Come get ready for the eclipse with special programs at the library! See the list below.

Looking for solar glasses?

  • All Richland Library locations will be handing out glasses the weekend before the eclipse, and free glasses will be distributed at the majority of events listed on

  • You can purchase glasses at the Columbia SC Visitors’ Center, the SC State Museum, the SC State House Gift Shop, SC State Parks, Mast General Store on Main Street and 20/20 Vision in Five Points. Glasses range from $1-3 each.

  • If you are planning to participate in the Summer Learning Challenge, you’ll receive a free pair when you sign up at any of our Richland Library locations.

  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 with Mark Littmann

    Through stories, photographs, and artwork, we'll explore the mythology, history, and scientific significance of eclipses--and how to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, the most amazing of all celestial sights.

    11 am – 12:30 pm, Saturday, July 29, Main

    Sun Spotters: Solar Astronomy – Preparing for the Great American Eclipse for all ages

    The eclipse is almost here! Join us for a hands-on learning session about solar eclipses and how to safely view them. (Rain date: August 10)

    11 am – 12:30 pm, Thursday, August 3, Ballentine

    Solar Opposites for families

    Join us as we read stories about the sun and the moon, then make a craft that is simply out of this world!

    3 – 4 pm, Thursday, August 10, Blythewood

    Eclipsed! for families

    Join us to learn all about eclipses and make a craft that will put you into orbit!

    10:30 am, Saturday, August 12, Blythewood

    3 pm, Thursday, August 17, Blythewood

    Moonlight Matinee for families

    Watch the movie "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," featuring Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming and a solar eclipse.

    2:30 pm, Friday, August 18, Blythewood

    The Brilliance Behind the Beams for adults

    Columbia is answering the Solar Eclipse’s 2:30 seconds of darkness with a decade of brilliance – by introducing Southern Lights, a public laser light sculpture. Discover the Brilliance Behind the Beams during a PowerPoint presentation revealing ties between laser sculptor Chris Robinson and the laser’s inventor, Nobel Laureate and Greenville, SC native Charles Townes. For science and art lovers, teens through adults. Presenter: Rachel Haynie, author of “First, You Explore: The Story of the Young Charles Townes” and newly-released “Charles H. Townes: Beam Maker.”

    3 pm, Sunday, August 20