Solar Eclipse Viewing Party FAQ

We’ve been overwhelmed by the bright response to our eclipse glasses. It’s wonderful so many people are interested in getting together to watch this unique celestial event.

We’ve fielded many questions about our event, so please check this FAQ before calling or emailing.

Event Details:

  • First 40 attendees will receive solar-viewing eclipse glasses, while supplies last (limit 1 per person / 1 per family/group/pairing). We want to ensure everyone has a chance to experience this event.
  • Glasses will be distributed at 2:00 p.m in the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden. Staff will be outside at 1:30 p.m. We do not have the capacity to be out any earlier and provide line management. Here is where we’ll be set up- at that yellow star.  eclipse_staff_setup
  • Look for library staff members wearing blue Robbins Library aprons.
  • Prime viewing time for the Boston area is about 2:46 pm. when the sun will be at it’s peak coverage, only 63% for our area.
  • Sharing is encouraged! Sharing glasses and partaking in a natural spectacle as a community suits our summer reading theme: Build a Better World. Please be kind and generous to fellow attendees.
  • Glasses are from the Space Science Institute’s STAR_Net initiative, supported by NASA, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and meet ISO standards.
  • Enjoy a black and white cookie while marveling at the wonder of the natural world.
  • One does not need to be an Arlington resident or have a library card to attend the event. (Although, we would encourage you to get a library card!)
    Streaming of the eclipse in Children’s starting at 1:30 p.m. for children and caregivers.
    Streaming of the eclipse in the Community Room starting at 2:00 p.m. for adults and teens.




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