Not hitting the road to see the Great American Eclipse? There are plenty of local events to help you enjoy this unique natural event Monday afternoon.
- The Bristol Public Library will live stream the NASA broadcast of the total eclipse, starting at 1:30 p.m., downstairs. Refreshments will be served and 30 pairs of eclipse glasses will be raffled off to adults in the audience.
The library is located at 5 High St., Bristol. For more information, call 860-584-7787.
- Also in Bristol, the Manross Public Library will have activities for all ages, including crafts, eclipse trivia, special refreshments, and more, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Manross Room.
Registration is requested. The library is located at 260 Central St., Forestville. For more information, call 860-584-7790.
- The New Britain Public Library will host Eclipse-A-Palooza!, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Free eclipse-viewing glasses will be handed out to the first 200 people. Although only a partial eclipse will be seen in Connecticut, the library will be live streaming the full solar eclipse from NASA in the Community Room.
Adults, teens, and kids will be able to use a special button maker to make their own “I Saw the Eclipse at NBPL” buttons.
There will be activities for all age groups, including board game competitions between adults and teens, adult coloring, a “celestial cupcake” decorating station, a “What Melts in the Sun?” science experiment for children, and additional crafts.
Patrons can move back and forth between the live streaming NASA coverage and the local view of the partial eclipse from the library’s front lawn.
The library is located at 20 High St., New Britain. For more information, call 860-224-3155 ext. 125.
- The Southington Library & Museum will have continuous showing of the public television science show “Nova” episode “Secrets of the Sun,” from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the Meeting Room.
Before each showing, library patrons will have an opportunity to make a simple pinhole projector for viewing the solar eclipse, construct a sundial for the northern hemisphere, view constellation apps on iPads, and access NASA information.
There will also be a live broadcast of the total solar eclipse in the Café Area beginning at 1 p.m.
The library is at 255 Main St., Southington. For more information, call 860-628-0947.
If you don’t have your eclipse glasses yet, a number of national retail chains reportedly had them for sale, including 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart. However, supplies are likely running out at this point, so call the nearest store ahead of time to avoid making an unnecessary trip.
For more eclipse viewing events in central Connecticut, visit the Connecticut Office of Tourism at ctvisit.com/articles/where-see-great-american-eclipse-connecticut.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.