Reads for the Solar Eclipse

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We are partnering with Lincolnwood School District 74 for an event (with glasses provided; we do not have any available at the library) on August 21, at 12:30pm at the baseball fields outside the schools. Here in Lincolnwood, we will have a partial view of the eclipse – the path of totality (where viewers can see the full eclipse) is south of us. Please make sure that you use approved eclipse glasses – regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes! For some more information on the eclipse from NASA (and about the proper kind of glasses), click here – they will even have a live stream available from multiple locations across the path of totality. NASA also has information on how to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer!

On your way to Information Services, our display tables are full of fascinating books relating to the upcoming eclipse. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sun, Moon, Earth: the History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler E. Nordgren. Most of North America is excitedly awaiting the eclipse – but solar eclipses weren’t always awe-inspiring national events. Can you imagine the fear you might feel if suddenly the sun ‘went out’ and you didn’t understand what was happening?

Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA’s Premier X-Ray Observatory by Wallace H. Tucker. Though not specifically about a eclipses, this book is a fascinating look at telescope exploration.

Welcome to the Universe: an Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Take your space excitement to the next level with this book inspired by an introductory astronomy course taught at Princeton. We’ve got lots of other books by Neil deGrasse Tyson as well, so make sure you grab at least one.