Library gives out safe eclipse viewing glasses

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lincoln Public Libraries are hosting events to hand out free, safe eclipse viewing glasses. The first event was Monday at the Anderson Library, where they had 2,000 sets of glasses.

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People had to go through a variety of stations, completing at least three out of five to get their pair.
Activities included an educational video, acting, coloring, and building a pin-hole viewer.

"I've never seen the eclipse like when the sun and moon collide and it's special because I've never seen it, said Vernon Siedband, 9.

Official safety glasses are certified by NASA and include the code ISO 12312. Experts say not to look directly at the eclipse because you can severly damage your eyes or even go blind.

However, there is a small period of time where it's considered okay.

"In Lincoln we have about a minute and 25 seconds when it's safe to look at the sun and that's when it's completely covered by the moon so we are in the path of totality, Shelley Ruterbories, Librarian, Bennet Martin Public Library.

The next place to get a pair of safety glasses is at the Eiseley Library.