• Eclipse Glasses – the whole story


    Unfortunately, libraries DO NOT have a stash of eclipse glasses — despite all the news reports and Facebook posting that say we do. Just not true.  Some US  libraries got free ones through a special program that ended weeks ago.  We did not. We wish we had them, but we do not. 

    We have a very limited number and those who participate in the library’s program will get to use a pair – to share

    We thank the Friends of the BPL for buying us the few that we have.

    We regret the disappointment of so many who have called about glasses.

Welcome to the Library!

Eclipse 2017 at the Library

The Library will celebrate the Solar Eclipse with programs for all ages on Monday, August 21, 2017. 

Hands-on activities begin at 1:00 pm for kids 5 and up. During the “Sun Special for Kids” our little astronomers will learn about eclipses and parallax – or why our tiny moon can cover up the ginormous sun.  Teens and adults can hear about legends and folklore surrounding the solar eclipse at 1:45. We will gather outside to watch the eclipse at about 2:15 (maximum eclipse is at 2:40 pm) To welcome the return of the sun, we will have a brief introduction to Sun Salutation yoga stretches at 3:00 pm.

The spectacular total eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band about 60 miles across, stretching diagonally across the country from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina. However, everyone in North America will see a partial solar eclipse, where a “bite” will be taken out of the sun. Here in Bloomsburg, we will see a partial eclipse of about 75%. Imagine a crescent sun!

Eclipse Viewing Glasses:  Viewing the eclipse without special eclipse glasses is harmful to your eyes.  DON’T DO IT!  

PLEASE be especially careful if you are viewing the eclipse with younger children!  Eye safety is of utmost importance and little ones are unpredictable about doing EXACTLY as told with eye protection

On the day of the eclipse, we will hand out special eclipse-viewing glasses to those who participate in a program. We have a very limited number and do not promise that everyone who attends will get a pair.  We regret that we are unable to give out glasses before Eclipse Day.

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for buying 50 pairs of glasses!

What Isn’t Over:

One more Read-to-Me Club meeting, 16 August, 10:00 AM.

Readers and listeners may turn in logsheets for prizes until 5:00 PM on Friday, 18 August.    

READO continues until 26 August.


  MEET OUR BOOK BUDDIESbook-bud-tuckerc

On the second Tuesday of each month, our Book Buddies meet to help anyone who needs read-aloud practice. Each Buddy is a certified therapy dog and has passed Canine Good Citizen training. Even better–they love to listen and they NEVER criticize. Bring your own book or borrow some of ours. Book Buddies will be ready to go at 6:00 PM.






Everybody in the family plunged into the Library’s LEGO stash, and creativity ran wild! LEGO Family Night happens the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM. Your turn!







socafSocrates Café: a Discussion Group for Adults

Each month’s first Tuesday at 6:00 pm is the evening devoted to discussion and debate.




It’s called The Van Tassel Castle Quest and if you are an independent reader age fifteen or under, with your own Library card, you can join. Ask any Librarian for all the details. Sign up now and see what it’s all about. Get more information here. Read what Questors have to say about the books they’ve read here.


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