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Gulfport library hands out more than 400 pairs of eclipse glasses

22 August 2017

"My only thing is, if the police department knew this was going to go on, they should have told people in their cars to leave and come back at 9 a.m.", she said of the people who waited in line for hours before the library was supposed to open. The Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning distributed more than 2 million eclipse glasses to libraries nationwide.

The rest of North America will experience a partial eclipse, where the moon blocks only a portion of the solar disk.

"I wanted to provide as much information as I could in a short amount of time to individuals who were coming into the library about safety", she said.

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The library will give away a limited supply of solar eclipse glasses starting at 12:30 p.m. "We don't have eclipses very often, so people may not realize you need to be safe and protect your vision during the eclipse".

Topeka police officers stood outside the entrance of the library periodically shouting, "They're gone, the glasses are gone".

Mary Rindfleisch, the library's assistant director, said the turnout greatly exceeded her expectations.

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The library applied for a grant a few years ago to order 1,000 glasses.

Experts say the eclipse will start at 1:25 this afternoon, with maximum coverage at 2:45, ending around 4:00.

Parts of the US will be able to see a total eclipse of the sun for the first time in nearly 40 years, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "We will just get to hang out as a community and watch the eclipse, weather permitting".

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If the day turns out to be cloudy, the event will be moved indoors to Room 105 Jordan Hall for a discussion and a video stream.

Gulfport library hands out more than 400 pairs of eclipse glasses