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Richmond Library Expands Distribution of Eclipse-Viewing Glasses

Photo caption: Ronnie Scroger, age 6, and his mother Tracey Cook join library employees Marie Barcomb and Bob Conrad to model the safety glasses that will be available at programs August 14 to 21.

Due to heavy regional interest, the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, NY, will begin distribution of a limited supply of solar eclipse-viewing safety glasses one week early, at library eclipse-themed family programs already scheduled for August 14th, 16th, and 18th.  The remainder of glasses will be distributed on a first-come basis at an eclipse-viewing lawn party hosted by the library on the afternoon of August 21, after a brief safety demonstration.

"We got a thousand pairs of these glasses from NASA," Library Director Bob Conrad explained.  "But under the terms of their grant, we can only distribute them after a safety demonstration that's a part of our summer reading program.  Originally, those demonstrations were all going to be on the afternoon of August 21st, during the eclipse.  But we're getting so many calls from people who don't live here or who are traveling for the eclipse, that we decided to start distribution early by including the safety demo at all of next week's family programs."

Those programs include a library craft project at 2:30pm on Monday, August 14th ("Make a Sun Magnet"); a cooking program at 2:30pm on Wednesday, August 16th ("Make and Eat Your Own Moon Pies"); and a movie to be screened at 2:30pm on Friday, August 18th (the 2015 animated DreamWorks feature Home).  "I guess we couldn't afford the rights to Space Jam," Conrad joked.

The programs are billed For All Ages, but registration is recommended to guarantee a space.  Register on the library's website at, or by calling the Children's Room at 343-9550.

According to an interactive map published by NASA's educational outreach website (, Batavia's public library is the only one in a five county region surrounding Buffalo to participate in the educational program, along with libraries in the Rochester area, Jamestown, and Geneseo. 


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