Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Monday, August 21

11:45am – 2:45pm

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. In West Branch, we can observe a partial eclipse in which the Sun will be 92% obscured by the Moon. The partial eclipse will begin at 11:47 am CDT, reach maximum eclipse at 1:12 pm, and end at 2:37 pm.

WBPL will provide free eclipse viewing lenses *WHILE SUPPLIES LAST* and staff will be on hand to demonstrate safe viewing techniques and answer questions. We have a LIMITED SUPPLY of viewing lenses available to those who plan on observing at the library, but please note that we will not be able to distribute glasses freely to the public.  For a listing of libraries that are hosting events with free glasses, click here.  Or, if you’d like to buy your own inexpensive glasses, check out the NASA-approved list of reputable vendors here.

In the case of cloudy skies or if you want to see a total solar eclipse, you can watch live video streams of the eclipse at