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Celebrate the Celestial Event of the Year!

On Aug 21, the continental United States will be treated to a solar eclipse, with some parts of the country experiencing the first total eclipse since 1979. The path of totality, where the moon completely covers the sun, will pass through 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Numerous Palm Beach County Library System locations will be celebrating this significant event.

Before the big day, check out the exciting events listed below celebrating this memorable occasion. Whether you’re an adult and want to hear from an eclipse expert at our Jupiter Branch, or want your children to share the experience, there’s an option for you.

Our view here in Palm Beach County will be partial, but proper eyewear is necessary!

If you are unable to get the necessary eyewear, you are also able to watch the solar eclipse online.

Aug 21, 1:15pm - 4:00pm

Weather permitting. Glasses no longer available.

Due to enthusiastic community interest, supplies are depleted. Check out the American Astronomical Society's list of reputable vendors to purchase a pair of your own.

Upcoming Events

Prepare for the Solar Eclipse!
Lantana Road Branch
Fri, Aug 11, 10:30 am
There will be a solar eclipse on Mon, Aug 21! Create a special viewer for watching the eclipse, learn about how it happens and listen to fun stories about outer space. Ages 7-11. Space is limited.
(60 min.) Preregister.
All American Eclipse
West Boynton Branch
Mon, Aug 14, 3:30 pm
For the first time in 40 years, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible throughout the United States! Gear up for this event and learn about solar eclipses, make a craft, and get the eyewear to view it. Ages 6-10.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Total Solar Eclipse 2017!
Jupiter Branch
Sat, Aug 19, 2:00 pm
On Aug 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in Palm Beach County, about 78.2% of the sun will be covered. George Haddad, a NASA aerospace engineer, will discuss the history of solar eclipses, and safety precautions in observing one. All ages.
(60 min.) Preregister.
Solar Eclipse Spectacular!
Belle Glade Branch
Mon, Aug 21, 2:00 pm
Meet up at the library to take full advantage of this rare event. Enjoy snacks, read up on the eclipse and get a sneak peek with our safety glasses. All ages.
(90 min.)
Eclipse Party: Fun With the Sun!
Acreage Branch
Mon, Aug 21, 2:00 pm
Drop-in on this can't-miss eclipse party. The next one isn't until 2045! Pass the time with hot solar crafts and cool experiments. Safely watch the skies with our special glasses. Peak viewing is just before 3 pm. All ages.