Solar Eclipse 2017, Brooklyn Public Library

The much-awaited Clinton Hill Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 2017 has finally come and gone! Even though we ran out of glasses, people completely spilled out along the whole block near the library to share glasses, DIY viewers, and eclipse-related fun for a few hours. Partial eclipse, but total success!

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It really was like a giant, amazing, spontaneous block party at the library.

We had a few local reporters show up to cover the event, and my BPL colleagues did an excellent job handling the crush of people, making sure there were enough supplies to create pinhole cameras and paper plate viewers, as well enough eclipse glasses for people to share with each other during the event. Although I was the one who originally set up the eclipse viewing party and secured the eclipse glasses from Starnet’s eclipse glasses giveaway, I left Brooklyn Public Library at the beginning of August — so it was my colleagues at the Clinton Hill branch who really carried off the day! Of course, I still stopped by to join in the fun and help with the STEM activities, but I’m proud of everyone at the branch who made this event so successful!