Westchester Solar Eclipse Useful Details

[If you haven’t already heard, there’s a Solar Eclipse happening amost one week from today! Our location on the East Coast means that we will only have a partial eclipse, but don’t let that stop you from coming out to The Field Library and watching the live stream, learning to make pinhole viewers, and sharing this moment with other science and celestial enthusiasts.

30There will be a NASA live stream set up in the teen section of The Field Library (on the adult side, straight back once you enter the library), and all ages are welcome to meet here 15-20 minutes early and make the pinhole viewers that will be taken outside and used during the eclipse. It is very important that unless you have purchased Eclipse Viewing Glasses (and here’s a handy list of NASA-approved reputable vendors), that you do not look directly at the sun while this event is occurring!  Adults that wish to attend with young children should keep an eye on them to make sure that they stick to this rule, and also to gently remind others during this event. Sun-damaged retinas are sad retinas.

If you’re not close to Peekskill, but still live in Westchester, here is a list of other libraries in WLS that are offering Eclipse Events near you (edited to add: these libraries have set aside glasses for patrons that are coming to their events on the day of the Eclipse; the glasses allotments for those libraries that did have supplies for patrons not coming to an event have all been given out) :

Chappaqua Public Library
The Chappaqua Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They will also have a livestream of the eclipse in their theater. For more information, call 914.238.4779

Eastchester Public Library
The Eastchester Public library is hosting an all ages event and has glasses to give out for their event. They are also making Solar Eclipse cookies, a sun-catcher craft, and handing out activities sheets on planets and the path of the Total Eclipse. For more information, please call: (914) 793-5055.

Harrison Public Library
The Harrison Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They are partnering with the Westchester Amateur Astronomers and are offering outdoor activities like viewing the eclipse using various object with pinholes and recording environmental changes. Indoors, they are offering NASA coverage, making “sun” cookies, and, of course, a selection of related books. For more information, please call: (914) 835-0324.

Larchmont Public Library
The Larchmont Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. For more information please call: (914)-834-2281.

Mamaroneck Public Library
The Mamaroneck Public Library is hosting a youth (pre-k – teen) event, and does not have glasses to give out for their event. They are doing something with their pre-k population, and also planning an event with the teens in which they will create a pin hole eclipse viewer, which will then be tested during the eclipse.
For more information, please call: (914) 698-1250.

Purchase Public Library
The Purchase Public Library is hosting a youth (pre-k – teen) event, and does not have glasses to give out for their event. The goal of their program is to learn about the eclipse and make a space themed craft program.
For more information, please call: (914) 948-0550.

Rye Public Library
The Rye Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event.
For more information, please call: (914) 967-0481.

Somers Public Library
The Somers Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They are unsure if the glasses will arrive in time though, so call ahead to be sure. They will also have a live stream from NASA in their program room. Also on Aug 19 there will be a Story Time with solar craft (with good weather).
For more information, please call: (914) 232-5717.

Yonkers Public Library
The Riverfront branch of the Yonkers Public Library is allowing the Yonkers Public Schools to use the library to host a youth event, and the school is providing glasses to share for the event (about 30 pairs). Their program will be moderated by a local science teacher. She will do a demo with inflatable sun, moon and Earth and teach revolution and rotation (about 15 mins), then participants will go outside and use the YPS solar telescope to view the eclipse.
For more information, please call: 914-337-1500.
[Updated to add: this program has been filled]

The Friends of the Crestwood branch of the Yonkers Public Library are hosting an all ages event, and have glasses to give out for their event at the library. Local Crestwood PhD Scientist Howard Heitner will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be a NASA Live stream. Call ahead to check on glasses availability.
For more information, please call 914-337-1500.
[updated to add that this program has been filled]

Lewisboro Public Library
The Lewisboro Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They will also offer those who want to make an eclipse scanner out of a cereal box.
For more information, please call: (914) 875-9004.

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is hosting an all ages event, and does not have glasses to give out for their event. There will be a NASA Live stream, and on the Saturday before, Aug 19, story time and solar craft.
For more information, please call: (914) 669-5161.

Warner Public Library
For Tarrytown resident, the Warner Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. Interested patrons can arrive at the library at 1 pm to view the New York partial solar eclipse. Everyone will meet on the front steps, and library staff will hand out the eclipse glasses and look at the sky.
For more information, please call: (914) 631-7734

Mt. Kisco Public Library
The Mt. Kisco Public Library is hosting a youth event (parents and guardians are welcome to come as well), and they have glasses to give out to patrons attending the event. There will be 2 crafts available as well: paper eclipses for younger children and pinhole projectors for students in elementary school and up.
For more information, please call: 914-666-8041

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2 thoughts on “Westchester Solar Eclipse Useful Details

    • Field Library Teens says:

      Hi there! I’ll be sure to make the adjustments, when people have been calling we’ve let them know that all events at other libraries must be attended in order to use the glasses. Sorry for any confusion.

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