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ACPL Prepares for Solar Eclipse

(FORT WAYNE, IN) – In the leadup to the April 8 total solar eclipse, the Allen County Public Library is offering a series of activities aimed at educating the community about the occasion. Portions of Allen County are in the path of the total eclipse at approximately 3:10 p.m. on April 8, 2024. There will not be another eclipse in Indiana until August of 2044 according to Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources’ website


“A total solar eclipse provides an exciting occasion for families and the community to explore science together,” said Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Beth Boatright. “At the ACPL, our mission is to promote lifelong learning and discovery, and the eclipse is a perfect opportunity to connect reading, science, and current events to make learning relevant and impactful. You never know, it might be the moment that sparks a love of exploration in a future astronaut or causes a future scientist to seek new discoveries!”


The Library’s 2024 Solar Eclipse activities include:


Destination Science - Solar Eclipse – This program will cover STEAM topics with hands-on science experiments. Sarah Vise, a NASA Ambassador, will present an informative program about the Total Eclipse!

  • Saturday, March 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Waynedale Branch

  • Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Woodburn Branch

  • Wednesday, March 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hessen Cassel Branch

  • Tuesday, March 19 from 4 to 5 pm. at Monroeville Branch


Storytime - The Eclipse – This Storytime will blast off to Earth's cosmic dance partner, the Moon, and explore what a total eclipse is and how it happens.

  • Monday, April 1 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at Dupont Branch

  • Wednesday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Woodburn Branch


Family Fun at the Library - Eclipse – Let's blast off to the Moon with science-inspired sessions that will celebrate Earth's cosmic dance partner as we prepare for a total eclipse. 

  • Saturday, March 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tecumseh and Waynedale Branches

  • Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Woodburn Branch

  • Saturday, March 16 from 10:30 to 1130 a.m. at Grabill Branch

  • Tuesday, April 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Aboite Branch

  • Friday, April 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Dupont Branch

  • Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Main Library


The Moon's Moment in the Sun - Prepping for the Solar Eclipse – Are you ready for a solar eclipse? Explore what will take place and how to safely view the phenomenon. Sarah Vise, our local NASA Solar System Ambassador, will share information and several activities to prepare us for the upcoming solar eclipse.

  • Wednesday, April 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Shawnee Branch

  • Monday, April 8 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Monroeville Branch


All events are free and open to the public. Registration is highly recommended. The ACPL will be providing special eclipse glasses to registered program participants only. For dates, times, or to register, visit, call (260) 421-1200 or visit a local ACPL branch

About the ACPL

The Allen County Public Library has fostered lifelong learning and discovery in northeast Indiana for more than 125 years. The ACPL consists of fourteen branches throughout Allen County, serving more than one million visitors per year. The ACPL’s collection includes more than 2.7 million items, with a circulation total of 3.6 million items borrowed annually. It also houses The Genealogy Center, the nation’s largest public genealogy research center, and The Rolland Center for Lincoln Research, consisting of more than 30,000 artifacts related to President Abraham Lincoln.



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