On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada, with the Evansville area directly in its path. Discovering the Eclipse, an Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library initiative, will provide the opportunity to learn about the science of the eclipse, through programs, activities, and more leading up to April 8. Due to the influx of visitors to the area to see the Total Solar Eclipse, all EVPL locations will be CLOSED on Monday, April 8.


Eclipse glasses

Thanks to the generous support of the EVPL Foundation, EVPL will be giving away eclipse glasses.

Learn more about the EVPL Foundation

Here’s how to get your pair:

  • Beginning February 1, and while supplies last, visit your favorite EVPL location with your EVPL library card
  • Show your valid EVPL library card (or PLAC) to receive ONE pair of glasses
  • If other users are connected to your account (e.g. a child), they must also be present to pick up their pair
  • Accounts must be in good standing, not expired, or have any fees

To get an EVPL library card, you must live or own property in Vanderburgh County. Visit any EVPL location with proof of current address and a valid photo identification. For teens and children under the age of 18, a parent or guardian signature is required.

Other places to get eclipse glasses:

Programs at EVPL

To learn more about and celebrate the upcoming eclipse, we’re hosting a series of programs throughout February, March, and April.


There will be crafts, storytime, science activities, and more to help you learn about the sun and get ready for the eclipse. All ages are welcome to participate in the eclipse-themed storytime, crafts, and science activities. We will also provide a solar telescope for safe sun viewing and offer information on citizen science and making scientific observations on the day of the eclipse, April 8.

Planets, Presidents, and Pre-Contact Peoples: Trivia Night*

  • Monday, February 19 at 6:00 pm • Angel Mounds State Historic Site
  • Registration required

EVPL @ Family Free Day

  • Saturday, February 24 at 9:00 am • Wesselman Woods (free admission!)

Virtual Author Talk: American Eclipse by David Baron*

  • Monday, March 4 at 11:00 am • EVPL East & EVPL Virtual
  • Registration required

Eclipse Entertaining: Host Your Own Party!*

  • Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 pm • EVPL Central
  • Registration required

Total Eclipse of the Sun with NASA Ambassador Amanda Scurry

  • Saturday, March 9 at 3:00 pm • EVPL Oaklyn

Eclipses and Humans: Science, Shock, and Awe

  • Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 pm • EVPL Central

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse | Watch Party & Cookie Decorating

  • Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 pm • EVPL West

Teen Sun Printing

  • Tuesday, March 19 at 3:30 pm • EVPL Central

Moon Viewing

  • Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 pm • EVPL Red Bank

    Teen Eclipse Scavenger Hunt

    • Thursday, March 21 at 3:30 pm • EVPL Central

    2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Making the Most of a Once in a Lifetime Event

    • Saturday, March 23 at 11:00 am • EVPL Central

    Eclipse Chalk Art

    • Monday, March 25 at 12:00 pm • EVPL East

    Constellation Jars

    • Tuesday, March 26 at 4:00 pm • EVPL Red Bank

    Family Movie | Apollo 13 (PG)

    • Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30 pm • EVPL East

    Sun Printing

    • Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 pm • EVPL Red Bank

    Solar Art

    • Friday, March 29 at 3:30 pm • Washington Square – McCollough

    EVPL @ Family Free Days

    • Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 am • Wesselman Woods (free admission!)

    Pinhole Eclipse Viewer

    • Monday, April 1 at 4:00 pm • EVPL Red Bank

    Teen Solar Eclipse Kindness Rock Painting

    • Friday, April 5 at 3:30 pm • EVPL Central

    Storytime Solarbration

    • Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 am • Your Brother’s Bookstore

    Eclipse Watercolor

    • Saturday, April 6 at 1:30 pm • EVPL Oaklyn

    The Eclipse: Twilight Edition

    • Wednesday, April 10 at 4:00 pm • EVPL North Park

    Galaxy Series*

    • Wednesday, April 10 & Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 pm • EVPL Stringtown
    • Registration required

    Discovering the Eclipse Booklet


    Discovering the Eclipse Booklet en Español


    About the eclipse

    According to NASA, a total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.


    Is it safe to look at the sun during a Total Solar Eclipse?

    No. You should never look directly at the sun. There will be a short period during the eclipse where the sun will be entirely covered by the moon, but we do not recommend looking without appropriate eye protection, as the re-emergence of the sun will be from total darkness.

    What equipment is appropriate for viewing the eclipse?

    Safe solar viewing glasses, also known as “eclipse glasses” or a handheld solar viewer are acceptable ways to view the eclipse. Do not look directly at the sun without eye protection. The library and other community locations will have a limited supply of glasses for the public to use. Make sure to check your equipment before using it – if scratched or damaged, do not use it. Be mindful of children and always supervise their use of solar viewing devices to protect their eyes.

    Another way to view the eclipse is indirectly. You can use a pinhole projector to project an image of the sun onto another surface.

    Please note that even with safe solar viewing glasses, you should not view the eclipse through cameras, binoculars, or telescopes. Only if the equipment has the correct solar filters themselves can you look through them. Not doing so will cause serious eye damage.

    What else should I be mindful of?

    If you plan on being outside for a long period of time, don’t forget sunscreen and water.

    Remember that this event will attract a large number of people to the Evansville region and that there will be closures and heavy traffic the day before and the day of the eclipse. If you are planning to utilize a public space, please check that location’s hours and postings regarding the eclipse as they may have different operating hours and protocols due to capacity and infrastructure.


    • Antumbra: The extension of the Moon’s shadow beyond the umbra. Within the antumbra, the Sun appears larger than the Moon, which is visible in silhouette. An observer standing in the antumbra sees an annular eclipse.
    • Corona: The Sun’s upper atmosphere, visible as a pearly glow around the eclipsed Sun during totality. Its shape (sometimes elongated, sometimes round) is determined by the Sun’s magnetic field and is linked to the sunspot cycle.
    • New Moon: The lunar phase when the Moon is located in the same direction in the sky as the Sun. New Moon is the only lunar phase during which an eclipse of the Sun can occur.
    • Partial eclipse: A solar eclipse where the Moon covers only a portion of the Sun. A partial eclipse precedes and follows totality or annularity, but a partial can also occur by itself. A partial solar eclipse is visible over a wider swath of Earth than is totality or annularity.
    • Penumbra: The portion of the Moon’s shadow in which only part of the Sun is covered. An observer standing in the penumbra sees a partial solar eclipse.
    • Sunspots: Dark regions on the Sun where magnetic fields are bundled together and are so strong that the flow of hot gas from the Sun’s interior to the surface is inhibited. The spots appear dark because their temperature is about 1,000° Celsius (1,800° Fahrenheit) cooler than the photosphere that surrounds them.
    • Total eclipse: A solar eclipse where the apparent diameter of the Moon is large enough to completely cover the Sun’s photosphere (even if only momentarily) and reveal the faint solar corona.
    • Totality: The maximum phase of a total solar eclipse, during which the Moon’s disk completely covers the Sun’s bright face. Totality occurs between second and third contact. It can last from a fraction of a second to a maximum of 7 minutes 31 seconds.
    • Umbra: The darkest part of the Moon’s shadow, within which the entirety of the Sun’s bright face is blocked. Within the umbra, the Moon appears larger than the Sun. An observer standing in the umbra sees a total solar eclipse.
    • Umbraphile: A solar-eclipse aficionado; a person who will do almost anything, and travel almost anywhere, to see totality. Another term for an umbraphile is “eclipse chaser.”


    EVPL Staff

    With 8 locations throughout Vanderburgh County, EVPL is ready to discover, explore, and connect WITH you! We encourage you to uncover new things, revisit old favorites, and to engage with us along the way.