Your Eclipse Information Station


By: Kristin Evans

Director of Library Services



                As I write this article at the beginning of August, the big continental eclipse is just a few weeks away (or according to the NASA countdown clock at, 19 days, 1 hour and 48 minutes). Excitement is building throughout the country for this amazing natural event where the moon covers the sun’s disc. While we are unfortunately outside of the ‘zone of totality’ here in Clinton and won’t get to see the total eclipse, (head up to St. Joseph if you want a better view) it is still worth celebrating this fantastic event because the next one won’t come around until 2024.

For all of you who want to learn more about this phenomenon and participate in eclipse related activities, the Henry County Library is here for you! We are proud to have been awarded a grant for free eclipse glasses from Starnet. We gave these glasses out to patrons at both locations and they were so popular that we ran out of them after only two weeks. We do still have extra pairs of glasses that will be available to anyone who comes to our Eclipse watch party (see below for more information).

The Henry County Library will also be holding several programs all about the eclipse including a special Eclipse storytime on Saturday August 12th and an eclipse safety program on August 14th. For times and locations for these program check out our web-site at or call 660-885-2612. Our suite of programs will culminate with a big eclipse watch party in the parking lot of the Clinton Library from 11:00-3:00. We will have extra eclipse glasses available for attendees of this program as well as food, live music, and fun activities. All members of the community are welcome to drop by and celebrate with us. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

There are a lot of great resources available for anyone who is interested in learning more about eclipses. The library has the following titles which may be of interest:


Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses

By: John Dvorak

LP 523.7809 D95J


Cosmology 101: Everything You Need to Know About Astronomy, the Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, Comets, Eclipses and More.

By: David H. Levy

523.1 L57D


Cosmic Light Shows

By: Bobbie Kalman

J520 K12B


For fun information available online check out these great web-sites:


Wherever you are on the 21st of August, I hope that you take time to look up at the sky, wearing approved eye protection of course, and enjoy this rare and amazing natural phenomena!