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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
E-mail: rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us

Free solar eclipse glasses available at 10 Birmingham Public Library locations
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala-On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be viewable from much of the continental United States for the first time in 38 years. Ten Birmingham Public Library locations are among libraries across the country that have received free solar eclipse glasses that are being distributed to the public on a first-come, first-served basis to view this phenomenon.

Millions of Americans will see the moon’s shadow crossing the country from Oregon to South Carolina. Participating BPL libraries that have solar eclipse glasses available for patrons are as follows (call each location to get details as there is a limited supply):
 
Avondale Regional Branch Library, 509 40th St. South, (205) 226-4000. 
Central Library Youth Department, 2nd Floor, 2100 Park Place, (205) 226-3600 
East Lake Branch Library, #5 Oporto-Madrid Boulevard, (205) 836-3341 
Eastwood Branch Library, 4500 Montevallo Road, (205) 591-4944 
Ensley Branch Library, 1201 25th St. Ensley, 1201 25th St. Ensley, (205) 785-2625 
Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, (205) 226-4013 
North Birmingham Regional Branch Library, 2501 31st Ave. North, (205) 226-4025 
Smithfield Branch Library, #1 8th Ave. W. (205) 324-8428  
Southside Branch Library, 1814 11th Ave. South, (205) 933-7776 
Springville Road Regional Branch Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, (205) 226-4081
 
Smithfield Branch Library is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. Smithfield Library is also hosting a full week of crafts and other activities leading up to the solar eclipse beginning Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. For more information, call Smithfield Library at 205-324-8428.

Other metro Birmingham libraries also applied and some were selected to receive free eclipse glasses for patrons. See the map of the path of the eclipse and location of participating libraries at the link below: http://spacescience.org/software/libraries/map.php
Here are some interesting articles about the total solar eclipse:
 
How fast is the solar eclipse? And 35 other questions answered (USA Today) 
https://usat.ly/2uNoyAN
 
10 best cities to see the solar eclipse (Al.com)
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/solar_eclipse_2017_10_best_cit.html 
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