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Get ready for the eclipse with HMMPL!

Get ready for the eclipse with HMMPL!

Indiana is about to experience a brief moment of darkness in the middle of the day as a total solar eclipse passes throughout our region on April 8, 2024.

Both branches will be closed on that day, but we have special programs to celebrate and educate about this amazing natural sight.

All programs require registration to participate so be sure to explore the lineup and secure your spot!


March 15 @ 10:30 PM
Animal Adventures: Animals During an Eclipse
Families with children ages 3 years and older. Naturalists from the Zionsville Nature Center will join librarians as they share their knowledge about how animals will act during the upcoming solar eclipse through read-aloud stories and activities.

March 18 @ 4 PM
Experiencing the Eclipse: Sight, Sound, Touch
Join this interactive program with Purdue University Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering student Calvin Chiu-kai Chang and experience the upcoming solar eclipse via tactile (and possibly talking) books that allow those with visual impairments to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse. Also interact with chalk, pinhole projectors, and UV bracelets and do some recommended activities developed by NASA.

March 22 @ 10:30 AM
StoryWalker’s Club Event: Eclipse by Andy Rash
Join us at the 2024 opening of the Elm Street Green Storywalk™! Meet us at the Elm Street Green shelter and we will do some activities related to the upcoming eclipse and walk and read the story.

March 29 @ 10:30 AM
Solar Eclipse Storytime
Come celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse with stories, songs, and fun! We’ll learn a little about the sun, the moon, and the solar eclipse.

April 3 @ 2 PM
Solar Eclipse Science
Grades K-5: Come learn about the upcoming solar eclipse through a variety of activities, including taking a unique look at the sun and discovering our sky!

April 4 @ 10 AM
Sun Cookies
Use frosting and candy pieces to make accurate models of the Sun during various stages of the eclipse and other solar activity. Information on and photographs of Sunspots, Solar Eclipses, Solar Flares, Solar Prominences, and Coronal Mass Ejections will be used to give ideas on how to design their cookies.
Sugar cookies will be used.
Please register every child that attends.

April 4 @ 4 PM
Glow in the Dark Eclipse T-Shirts
Join us to make your very own glow in the dark eclipse t-shirt. Bring a plain dark t-shirt of your choice and we will decorate them with a cool eclipse design. Since they glow in the dark, you can wear them while you watch the eclipse on April 8. This program is for kids in grades 3 – 5.

All ages
March 18 @ 6 PM
Experiencing the Eclipse: Sight, Sound, Touch
Purdue University Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering student Calvin Chiu-kai Chang will share multidisciplinary activities in which to share the eclipse event, some of which have been developed by NASA.

March 27 @ 6:30 PM
Solar Eclipse Presentation with the Grand Universe CEO, Greg McCauley
Join CEO, Greg McCauley, as he discusses the plans for the Grand Universe Science & Space Experience Campus opening in Westfield, Indiana and what you need to know about the Total Eclipse!

Did you know that it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection during an eclipse?

We have good news: the library will be giving away solar glasses starting on March 8!

There are two ways to get them:

  1. Register and participate of any eclipse related program listed above.
  2. Stop by public services desk (TAS reference, 2nd Floor Circ, 1st Floor Circ, YS reference) at the Zionsville Branch and ask for your pair of solar glasses. No library card is required and we`ll give 2 pairs per family while supplies last.

Ensure you grab yours for a safe and enjoyable eclipse experience!