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Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

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During the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 people on Earth can see the Moon partially, or completely block the Sun. The path of totality – the places where people can see the Moon completely block the Sun, happens to include Indianapolis this time! You can learn about solar eclipses online, by checking out books or movies from The Library, or by attending one of our programs. We have some great programs and books for kids too! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Learn about solar eclipses and how to watch them.

Share the experience with kids.

PBS Kids: Read a Book – Solar Eclipse
Enjoy this video read aloud which tells the story of the British astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington who decided to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity by photographing the 1919 solar eclipse.

Exploratorium
Find out where to be and what to do for the eclipse experience of a lifetime.

NASA for Kids: What is an Eclipse?

The Planetary Society: Sharing an Eclipse with Kids

Attend a program.

  • Event: Escape the Eclipse
  • Date & Time: Monday, March 04, 6:30pm
  • Location: Decatur Branch
  • Description: Legend has it that a solar eclipse happens when the sun and moon are fighting. To ensure the world is not encased in darkness forever, kids must work together to uncover clues while learning about solar eclipses during this escape room program. Will you be able to escape the eclipse? Ages 6 and up.
  • Register Here
  • Event: Escape the Eclipse
  • Date & Time: Monday, March 11, 3:00pm
  • Location: West Indianapolis Branch
  • Description: Legend has it that a solar eclipse happens when the sun and moon are fighting. To ensure the world is not encased in darkness forever, kids must work together to uncover clues while learning about solar eclipses during this escape room program. Will you be able to escape the eclipse? Ages 6 and up.
  • Register Here
  • Event: Learn About the Eclipse
  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 16, 10:30am
  • Location: Warren Branch
  • Description: Drop by to learn about the upcoming total eclipse and make your own starfinder with Globetarium!
  • No Registration Required.
  • Event: Create Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer
  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 16, 2:00pm
  • Location: Lawrence Branch
  • Description: Get ready for the big event! All Ages are welcome to create their own solar eclipse viewer using cereal boxes. Younger children (preschool and younger) will need to be accompanied by an adult. Adults can sign up to create a solar eclipse viewer too! All materials will be supplied.
  • Register Here
  • Event: Escape the Eclipse
  • Date & Time: Monday, March 18, 3:00pm
  • Location: Franklin Road Branch
  • Description: Legend has it that a solar eclipse happens when the sun and moon are fighting. To ensure the world is not encased in darkness forever, kids must work together to uncover clues while learning about solar eclipses during this escape room program. Will you be able to escape the eclipse? Ages 6 and up.
  • Register Here