Library to offer free eclipse glasses beginning March 18

Central Ohio to experience near total solar eclipse on April 8

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will offer central Ohioans free eclipse glasses beginning Monday, March 18 ahead of the near total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

Glasses will be given out at all 23 CML locations while supplies last and will be limited to four per person. Those interested are encouraged to call ahead at 614-645-2275 to check availability. Throughout March and into early April, CML will also offer special eclipse-themed programs.

At 3:10 p.m. on Monday, April 8, central Ohio will experience a near total solar eclipse – with totality lasting around 3-4 minutes. Safe glasses are essential for viewing this celestial phenomenon.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.


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