DPL to host solar eclipse events, viewing party
On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible to people across the United States, and the Daleville Public Library will be holding a viewing party to celebrate this historic event.The last total solar eclipse seen in America occurred 99 years ago in 1918.Each Tuesday before Aug. 21, the library will also host fun and educational events counting down to the Great American Solar Eclipse. The dates of these countdown events are Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. The first even was held on Aug. 1.Each event will be held at 4 p.m. at the library.The countdown events are free and open to the public, according to Assistant Library Director and Program Coordinator Rachel Horne. Those who attend can take part in arts and crafts projects or learn more about solar eclipses."We will have some short educational video clips that explain what a solar eclipse is and we will be giving information about eclipse viewing safety," Horne said. "We think it is important to begin preparing people for safe viewing practices before the actual event. The crafts are planned for children, young teens, and their families."The all-day viewing party will also be free and open to the public, Horne said. Viewing glasses will be provided.Horne said the library would also live stream the event in case of inclement weather.Assistant Program Coordinator Glen Adams described the eclipse as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."“The last solar eclipse in Alabama that was as visible as this one is supposed to be was in 1918, and the next one will not be until 2045," he said. "This will likely be the only chance many people get to view a solar eclipse. It is almost literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”For more information about this event or any programs being held at the Daleville Public Library, please contact the library at (334)503-9119 or visit the library at 308 Donnell Blvd.