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Libraries plan for the eclipse



Public libraries are helping communities prepare for and celebrate what has been called the “Celestial Event of the Century!” a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

 Although not total in Craven, Pamlico, or Carteret counties, the sun will be significantly blocked, requiring special glasses for safe direct viewing. CPC Regional Library has received 2,000* of these glasses from the Space Science Institute through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and Research Corporation.

 In August the libraries are hosting a “Community Read”. Everyone in Craven, Pamlico, and Carteret counties are asked to read Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart. Set in China in the 18th century, the book involves the Emperor traveling from Beijing to the southwestern part of his empire to command an eclipse. The book is a murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie’s works, and features Li Du, an exiled imperial librarian, as the major sleuth.

 Paperback copies of the book will be available on August 1st. Ebook and Eaudio formats are currently available from https://cpcregional.overdrive.com.

 When told of the library’s plan for her first novel author Elsa Hart commented, “It's fantastic to think of Jade Dragon Mountain being a Community Read book. I hadn't yet made the connection between the eclipse this August and the eclipse at the center of the book – what perfect timing to schedule a read for this summer! Please do let me know how the read goes, and I'll be thinking of you this August when the sun goes dark.”

 The Carteret County Public Library (Beaufort) has two special events planned:


 Paul Terry, Park Ranger and astronomer at Fort Macon State Park, will give a lecture explaining eclipses at the Carteret County Public Library (Beaufort) on Tuesday, August 1st, at 7:00 pm. Attendees will receive a pair of the Solar Viewing Glasses as long as supplies last.


 On Monday, August 14, at 7:00 pm, Librarian Susan Simpson will do a Book Talk about Jade Dragon Mountain and other works that feature eclipses. 

The Bogue Banks Public Library (Pine Knoll Shores) will host Paul Terry, Park Ranger and astronomer, who will give a lecture explaining eclipses on Tuesday, August 8, at 2:00 p.m.

The Newport Public Library is joining Newport Town Hall at the Newport Community Park  for a fun-filled eclipse afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. on August 21, 2017.

The New Bern-Craven County Public Library has multiple events planned in August, visit them online at http://newbern.cpclib.org/CPCreads2017.html.

The library recommends www.starnetlibraries.org for eclipse information, and www.weather.gov/mhx about the eclipse in eastern North Carolina.

 For more information contact your local library:  

Bogue Banks Public Library (247-4660), Carteret County Public Library (728-2050), Cove City-Craven County Public Library (638-6363), Down East Public Library (728-1333), Havelock-Craven County Public Library (447-7509), New Bern-Craven County Public Library Library (638-7800), Newport Public Library (223-5108), Pamlico County Library (745-3515), Vanceboro-Craven County Public Library (244-0571), and Western Carteret Public Library (393-6500).

 *All of the Solar Viewing Glasses have been given away at several of our locations, including the Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort.