Shoot for the Stars with SCLSNJ
Author Norman Vincent Peale famously said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” This summer, SCLSNJ will revel in the stars as we celebrate the largest star – our Sun.
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible on a narrow track across the United States, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina; an eclipse of this magnitude has not been seen in this country since 1918. Although New Jersey will experience a partial eclipse, there is still much to see, learn, and experience at your library.
Author David Baron will dive into Thomas Edison’s 1878 eclipse journey in his book, “American Eclipse;” Hillsborough resident Michael Dean Lewis Ph.D. will share his experiences working with NASA as their Solar System Ambassador; Raritan Valley Community College’s StarLab will visit two communities; and much more. Join SCLSNJ for an out of this world opportunity.
Programs for Adults
Author David Baron: Edison and the Eclipse that Enlightened America
June 12, 5-6 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch
Final Frontier Design Studio:Space Suits and Gloves Designers
June 17, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch
Meet Galileo Galilei
June 23, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch
August 10, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
August 19, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch
When the Sun Goes Dark: Getting Ready for the Great Solar Eclipse
June 24, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch
NASA’s Solar System Ambassador presents: Eclipses, Ellipses, and NASA Missions
June 29, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch
July 20, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
The Great American Solar Eclipse
July 12, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch
Programs for Children, Teens, and Families
The Great American Solar Eclipse
June 27, 6-6:45 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch
Our Magnetic Sun: Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse
July 10, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
July 25, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch
RVCC Planetarium: Activity Stations
July 10, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch
August 1, 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch
August 14, 2-3 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
Meet the Constellations
July 12, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch
Visit the StarLab: Tour the Night Sky
July 13, 6-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
July 18, 6:30-7 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. hosted at St. Luke’s Church located at 182 Main Street in Gladstone
Out of This World Teen Trivia Night
August 14, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
Build a Solar Eclipse Viewer
August 15, 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch.
August 16, 7-8 p.m. at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch
Solar Oven Making & Solar S’mores
August 21, noon – 1 p.m.; August 22, 11 a.m. – noon at SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch.
SCLSNJ’s library branches will distribute free eclipse viewing glasses to safely observe the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21. Additionally, on August 21, starting at 1 p.m. the following libraries will be connecting to NASA TV to live stream the eclipse as it makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina: Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, and Warren Twp.
SCLSNJ was selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA @ My Library project. The 2017 Solar Eclipse project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF5373 to the Space Science Institute. SCLSNJ would like to thank the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) for donating free tickets to planetarium shows or Laser Light concerts. Tickets will be raffled at eclipse-related programs for children.