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My childhood was spent in my local library in a San Diego suburb.  It’s where I became a writer - by 1st becoming a reader!

Tess Gerritsen
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Update on Solar Glasses

As of this morning, Tuesday, August 15th, we are officially out of solar eclipse glasses.  We have handed out or taken reservations for 2100 glasses! We can’t thank Star-Net and the Moore Foundation enough for giving us the opportunity in providing these glasses to the community.   For those who are on the reserved list, unless you made specific arrangements with staff to pick-up your glasses on another day, glasses unclaimed by 8:00 p.m. tonight  will be considered unreserved, and be made available to others.

If you were unable to take advantage of the Library’s distribution of glasses, there are several alternatives.  We have, from NASA, a pinhole viewer that doubles as a hand-held fan.  This is an indirect viewer of the eclipse.  If you would like to get some of these, please call the Library and staff will have them printed.

Another alternative is that staff has heard through the grapevine that Hy-Vee is selling eclipse glasses for $5 dollars a pair.  Walmart in Peru had them for $1 dollar a pair, but a patron told us that that store was out.  We are not sure if Walmart in Princeton or Ottawa has them in stock or if the Peru store is getting more stock.  Also mentioned to us was Becks for $3 dollars a pair and Casey’s. 

We don’t know the quality of these glasses or if they are on the approved list.  Here is the link to the American Astronomical Society’s webpage explaining how to check the solar safety of these glasses.