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August #YouthShare: News You Can Use

YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Eclipse mania is taking hold! The Round Rock Public Library held a very well attended event on Saturday, July 29th with activities for all ages to learn more about the solar eclipse.
We made a sun dial, explored with shadows using flashlights and projectors, and ate cookies like the dragons people used to believe were eating the sun. I loved this simple craft we did while learning about the sun’s corona and I wanted to share it.


We outlined a cardboard circle with white chalk on black construction paper (left). We then used our finger to smudge away from the circle making it look remarkably like the sun’s corona (right) which is easily visible during a total eclipse.

Do you have a 3D printer at your library? NASA has shared the .STL file for a pinhole projector in the shape of Texas! This page also has PDFs for making them out of card stock and other inexpensive ideas for safely viewing the eclipse. Speaking of safety, Star_Net is offering a free webinar on Safe Eclipse Viewing on Wednesday, August 2nd at 2pm Central. If you cannot attend, the archive will be available a day or two after.

Here are additional ideas from the experts at NASA for hands on activities during your event, including how to stream the event live. Finally, make your event complete with these stellar snack ideas and suggested music playlist.

Please share your solar eclipse plans with me via email! We can’t wait to hear how you will be celebrating this celestial event.

Save the Date for Showcase!

Please save the date for our annual Central Texas Performer Showcase to be held at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 3rd. Registration to attend will be sent out closer to the event, but mark your calendars so you can see before you hire!

Tell Us About Your Summer

We are getting reports in from around Texas about how everyone’s summer reading programs are going including photos of packed programs and favorite performers and speakers. For example, Clifton is on course to have a record setting number of participants this year! Please let us know how your summer is going. Who have your favorite performers been? Please send me an email and let me know if it is ok to share with others. Thank you!