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Library eclipse party draws large gathering

A large crowd packed the Emporia Public Library Saturday for an eclipse presentation and activities.
 
Approximately 175 people showed up to hear about the uniqueness of solar eclipses and how to view them safely. The library gave out free safety glasses as well. Astronomer Mark Brown says the turnout was impressive.
 
 
 
Brown cautions against photographing the eclipse because it can be very dangerous. He says there are ways to enjoy the eclipse both directly and indirectly.
 
 
 
Public services librarian Molly Chenault says turnout was even better than she expected. She says bringing families together in anticipation of the event made it a positive experience.
 
 
The library ran out of eclipse glasses as of Monday morning. Tallgrass Prairie Preserve will have a limited number available the day of the eclipse on Aug. 21. 
 
Children took part in STEM activities where they learned how craters are made, do it yourself pinwheel projectors and planet hopscotch.
 
Emporia will have 96 percent coverage during the Aug. 21 eclipse at 1:06 p.m. Totality will be best viewed in extreme northeast Kansas.