Today a total solar eclipse was 58% visible from where we live. I had my oldest with me (school FINALLY starts back up next week). And because our library system is the greatest thang in the whole darn place, we went to a local branch’s “Sky Party,” where they had pinhole viewers, box viewers, many many eclipse glasses to pass around, sun print paper, and a lovely courtyard with a great view of the sun at the appointed hour.
In another post, I will have to detail how our library system made our whole summer special with a Waldo hunt through all the branches. It was really fun and memorable and genius. It cemented my library love.
So today, my brother took an “eclipse day” off of work, and at the library we got only our 58% eclipse, but it was 100% fun because there was such a huge turnout. I knew we would want to be surrounded a community to share in this phenomenon. Every natural phenomenon is enhanced by the wonderment of others. And honestly, the kids were so creative. I noticed some kids looking at their shadows and making fists, and realized every person can create their own little pinhole viewers with their hand. So clever. And it was more fun to pass around and share the glasses than to have hunted down a pair of my own, what with all the eclipse excitement this year. Supplies were scarce. This way, we all got to take peeks and then hand them to another person and watch them marvel, too.