In preparation for the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Pierce County Library System is hosting eclipse-themed events and giving away 1000 free solar eclipse glasses!

Time Until Eclipse:


Visit Pierce County Library branches for fun programs and activities before the solar eclipse Monday, August 21.

What’s a Solar Eclipse?

Don’t know anything about the eclipse?

Catch up before the big day with this great guide from the National Science Teacher Association.

To learn even more about this unique event, check out NASA’s own total eclipse website.

Solar Cupcake and Create a Pinhole Camera

Take some time to learn about the sun, solar eclipses and the solar system. Create a delicious treat while showing your new science knowledge. You can also build a pinhole projection system so you can watch the eclipse using the shadow the moon creates over the sun.

Bonney Lake – Saturday Aug. 19, 2:00 p.m.

Buckley – Wednesday Aug 16, 2:00 p.m.

Gig Harbor – Saturday Aug 19, 10:30 a.m. (Registration required. Sign up here.)

Explore Science: The Solar Eclipse

Explore shadows and apparent size to learn more about the upcoming Eclipse.  Includes a pinhole viewer craft to take home.

Milton – Wednesday Aug. 16, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sumner – Friday Aug. 18, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Eclipse Story Time

Join us to learn how the eclipse happens and why it’s so rare! All ages welcome as we learn about the sun and create an eclipse craft.

Parkland/Spanaway – Friday Aug 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Capture the Moment

Try to take an #EclipseSelfie (perhaps outside your local library!) on the day of the eclipse to show you were there! Be creative but be safe!  NEVER look directly at the sun or through your camera’s view finder.

More Summer Fun

Check out a Science To Go Backpack and explore your world.

Sign up for Summer Reading, attend events at your local library, and win great prizes.