Didn’t Buy Glasses for the Solar Eclipse? LA Public Libraries Are Here to Help

For the first time ever on Monday, August 21st, Los Angeles will NOT be sunny during the day due to the solar eclipse!


solar eclipse los angeles dark black sun


OK, that was a pretty bad joke, but it’s still sort of true. A total solar eclipse will be partially visible in Los Angeles starting roughly around 10 A.M. and ending around 12 P.M. This kind of event hasn’t happened in 38 years, so it’s a big one.


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It’s being billed as the “event of the century”, in fact, and it better be—it’ll only last up to two minutes for most places.


However, despite the moon effectively covering the sun, to view this sort of event you need the aid of solar eclipse viewing glasses so you don’t burn your retinas halfway back to the Los Angeles mountains!


As if you didn’t feel cool enough, you now have solar bursts on your face.


Is that Lisa Simpson or the sun? We’re not sure exactly.


However, if you weren’t savvy and bought some of these official NASA-approved glasses ahead of time, don’t worry—you don’t have to become blind to watch the eclipse!


[ANOTHER VIEWING SPOT FOR THE ECLIPSE: The City Lights and Views of Griffith Observatory]


The LA public libraries, or the LAPL, has come to the rescue! If you’re free, tons of branches across the greater Los Angeles area are offering completely free—since that’s kinda what the library does—events to view the eclipse in a totally safe manner! Bring yo kids, bring yo wife!


A complete list of participating branches:


  1. Venice – Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
  2. Palisades Branch Library
  3. Arroyo Seco Regional Library
  4. Platt Branch Library
  5. Playa Vista Branch Library
  6. Ascot Branch Library
  7. Silver Lake Branch Library
  8. Sun Valley Branch Library
  9. Washington Irving Branch Library
  10. Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library
  11. Sylmar Branch Library
  12. Westchester – Loyola Village Branch Library
  13. Cypress Park Branch Library
  14. Junipero Serra Branch Library
  15. Mark Twain Branch Library
  16. Little Tokyo Branch Library
  17. John Muir Branch Library
  18. Robertson Branch Library
  19. Sunland – Tujunga Branch Library
  20. Pacoima Branch Library
  21. Studio City Branch Library
  22. Woodland Hills Branch Library
  23. Harbor City – Harbor Gateway Branch Library
  24. Baldwin Hills Branch Library
  25. Felipe de Neve Branch Library
  26. Memorial Branch Library
  27. North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library
  28. El Sereno Branch Library
  29. Chinatown Branch Library
  30. Cahuenga Branch Library
  31. Vermont Square Branch Library
  32. Arroyo Seco Regional Library

Each library will have organized activities and a nice viewing area to go along with some glasses. Check into each individual branch for more details on the event and to make sure you are covered–both figuratively and literally–for the event.


This is a great learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults alike so don’t miss out on the “event of the century”!