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Richland Library prepares and protects readers with solar eclipse glasses

This year, the Tri-Cities will only see a partial eclipse, but down in Oregon, you can safely view a full eclipse.

RICHLAND, Wash. -- On August 21st, a scientific phenomenon will take place, and the Richland Public Library is giving you a front row seat.

The Pacific Northwest hasn't seen a total solar eclipse since 1979. This year, the Tri-Cities will only see a partial eclipse, but down in Oregon, you can safely view a full eclipse.

The library wants to keep your eyes protected as the moon covers the sun by handing out eclipse glasses, all thanks to a national grant.

They're encouraging kids and adults alike to complete a summer reading program and receive eye-wear as a prize. At the same time, librarians hope kids gain more through the experience than just earning the glasses.

"This year, one of the things we are emphasizing is space books,” said Children’s Librarian Kelly Reed. “We ordered more eclipse books and general space books, so we're hoping that they'll go over there and maybe they'll get interested maybe they'll want to learn more."

There will be a viewing party the day of the eclipse at John Dam Plaza where you have another opportunity to earn glasses, as well as enjoy family friendly activities.

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