Viroqua’s McIntosh Library offering solar eclipse celebration events

The McIntosh Memorial Library of Viroqua will be hosting multiple events leading up to the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. The City of Viroqua will have partial eclipse coverage beginning at 12:49pm. The 2024 total solar eclipse will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will become dark, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

McIntosh Memorial Library Director Trina Erickson

“Solar Eclipse: A Library Celebration is a series of special events we created to support the excitement leading up to the eclipse on April 8” said Library Director Trina Erickson. “These educational programs are a fun way for residents to be part of this historic moment.”

The Solar Eclipse: A Library Celebration includes the following:

· Monday, March 18: Pick up solar eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last.

· Monday, March 18: Take and Make Bags stuffed with information about solar eclipse science through interactive displays will be available while supplies last.

· Monday, March 18: Solar Eclipse Class: A PBS KIDS Playful Learning Workshop for youth 7-17 will be held from 3:45pm-5:00pm. Children will learn about space science, engage with PBS KIDS video clips, interact with a solar viewer, make a solar eclipse art project, and take home a moon journal. Registration for this event is required.

· Thursday, March 21: Adult Art Class “Paint the Moon” at 5:30pm. Using acrylic paint on canvas participants will follow step by step instructions to paint the moon. Registration for this event is required.

· Tuesday, March 26: Astrologist Ryan Evans will lead a program titled Solar Eclipse Astrology at 5:30pm. Intended for adults Evans will guide participants through the

rhythms of the cosmos to experience the astrological influences of solar eclipse magic.

· Wednesday, March 27: Star Lab Planetarium for families from 5:30pm-6:45pm. Take a tour of the solar system inside a large mobile planetarium in the library’s lobby.

· Monday, April 8: Solar Eclipse Watch Party from 12:30pm-1:30pm. View the solar eclipse safely through a high-powered telescope called a “solar scope.” Inside the library we’ll live stream the total solar eclipse.

For programs requiring registration we have moved to an online reservation system. Please visit You will find the registration links listed under youth, teen, or adult programs. For questions or assistance please call the library at 608-637-7151 x 7.

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