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Update: Eclipse Glasses are Out of Stock

We have a limited supply of eclipse glasses for the August 21st event.  The suggested donation is $1.00 per pair.  Stop by the library before they run out!

Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totalitycan see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively)
Image Credit: Rick Fienberg, TravelQuest International and Wilderness Travel
Figure 1- In this series of still from 2013, the eclipse sequence runs from right to left. The center image shows totality; on either side are the 2nd contact (right) and 3rd contact (left diamond rings that mark the beginning and end of totality respectively).

Who Can See It?

Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.
This map shows the globe view of the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Image Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
Figure 2- This map shows the globe view of  the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. You can find more information at: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4518(link is external) (link is external)

What is It?

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

Diagram showing the Earth-sun-moon geometry of a total solar eclipse.

Figure 3 – Diagram showing the Earth-sun-moon geometry of a total solar eclipse. Not to scale: If drawn to scale, the Moon would be 30 Earth diameters away. The sun would be 400 times that distance.

Where Can You See It?

You can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun, anywhere in North America (see “Who can see it?”). To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality. The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon, around 70 miles wide, that will cross the U.S. from West to East.  The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.  Over the next hour and a half, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. EDT.  From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT.  Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.
A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.
Figure 4 – A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Eclipse live stream banner

When Can You See It?

Times for partial and total phases of the eclipse vary depending on your location. This interactive eclipse map(link is external) will show you times for the partial and total eclipse anywhere in the world.

Example of eclipse times for cities in the path of totality.
Table 1 – Example of eclipse times for cities in the path of totality.

How Can You See It?

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.
Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special shades!
Figure 5 – Check with local science museums, schools and astronomy clubs for eclipse glasses—or purchase an ISO 12312-2 compliant and CE certified pair of these special shades!

This list describes when to wear your glasses and when you can safely look at the eclipse, only during totality!
Figure 6 – This list describes when to wear your glasses and when you can safely look at the eclipse, only during totality!

Sun watchers gather around telescopes fitted with white light solar filters.
Sun watchers gather around telescopes fitted with white light solar filters.
Image Credit: NASA Kepler Mission

Need a Job?

Tammy from PA CareerLink will again be at the library on Tuesday, July 25th from 10:00 to 12:00 a.m. to talk with patrons about finding jobs on Job Gateway or beefing up your resume by taking classes on SkillUp Lancaster.  If you’ve been looking, stop by and see Tammy to jumpstart your job search.

Monthly Book Sale

Thank you for making the June book sale a success!  We will be collecting books until our next sale on July 25th.  At each sale hardback books will be $2.00 and paperbacks $1.00 unless you would like to have a bag full, and then hardback bags are $10.00 and paperback bags are $5.00.

SkillUp Lancaster for jobseekers

SkillUp Lancaster is a flexible, self-directed, FREE, e-learning service that offers online courses to allow jobseekers to improve their marketability to prospective and current employers.
SkillUp Lancaster includes access to courses in topics such as project management, human resources, customer service, retail, hospitality, and communication skills.   SkillUp Lancaster is accessible 24/7 from any location with high speed internet access.

  • Explore career pathways.
  • Choose from 200+ occupations.
  • Receive course recommendations based on essential industry skills.

SkillUp Lancaster is available to any Lancaster County resident looking to update skills.  Users need access to the internet, a valid email address, basic computer knowledge, and login access to the program.

Ready to update your skills? Click here to register:  http://lancaster.skillupamerica.org

Solanco School District Art Show

The next exhibit at the C.X. Carlson Gallery in the Quarryville Library will be a show of artwork by students in the Solanco School District. It will feature works in diverse two-dimensional and three-dimensional media produced by students from Bart-Colerain, Clermont, Providence, and Quarryville elementary schools, George A. Smith Middle School, Swift Middle School, and Solanco High School. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, July 1 from 1-3 p.m. and the show will run through July 27.  Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend.

 

Select elementary works included in the exhibition were exhibited earlier this year at the Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University as part of the Studio for Students program. Middle school works will highlight award-winning work from the 2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition.

 

Solanco High School works will include national award-winning works honored in the National Scholastic Art Awards Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the Parsons New School for Design Gallery in NYC. , which features the most outstanding work from the top 1% of students in the US.  Numerous high school works have been juried into the Teen Art Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and have been on exhibit at the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Demuth Museum. Seniors from the Class of 2017 whose work will be on view in the exhibition have been honored with numerous portfolio scholarships from the most selective professional Visual Arts schools in the US. Two of the seniors highlighted in the show have been awarded the 2017 C.X. Carlson Portfolio Scholarship and the 2017 Red Raven Art Company Scholarship and they will each be featured as the emerging artist at the Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster in July and August 2017.

 

The 2017 Solanco District Art Exhibition celebrates the creativity and critical thinking of students as they envision, explore, engage, persist, and reflect upon their ideas as they represent and interact with the world around them. The show honors the commitment and courage of students in crafting their stories and achieving outstanding success. The exhibition also honors the dedication and expertise of educators who provide opportunities for increasing levels of sophistication and confidence in the development of each student’s voice. Students and educators alike are honored and thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Solanco District Art Exhibition at the Quarryville Library.

 

contact information:

Candace Rakers

Department Chair

Solanco District Visual Arts Department

Solanco High School

585 Solanco Drive

Quarryville, PA 17566

717.786.2151

candace_rakers@solanco.k12.pa.us

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan O’Connell, Onions and Garlic, pastel on paper

 

Ryan O’Connell is a member of the Class of 2017 at Solanco High School. 

Awards, exhibitions include:

  • 2017 Red Raven Portfolio Scholarship Award
  • 2014-2017 Scholastic Art Awards
  • 2014-2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Awards
  • Exhibitions: 
  1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  2. Lancaster Museum of Art
  3. Demuth Museum
  4. Red Raven Art Company:  Emerging Artist, July 2017
  • 2017 Tuition Scholarship to Rhode Island School of  Design, Providence, RI –one of the most selective schools for the visual arts in the US

 

Erika Wilson, Breakfast in Bed Tea Set, earthenware, glaze

  • 2017 National Scholastic Art Awards National Medalist
  • 2017 Scholastic Art Awards
  • 2016-2017 Lancaster County Young Artists Awards
  • Exhibitions: 
  1. Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, NY
  2. Lancaster Museum of Art
  • 2017 Tuition Scholarship to Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA –Erika will major in Business Administration