Anticipating demand, Topeka library alters eclipse glasses plan

A Man looks up at the sun with protective glasses to watch a partial solar eclipse in Lhokseumawe, Aceh Province, Indonesia, March 9 , 2016. (Photo by Fachrul Reza/NurPhoto)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Anticipating large demand, the Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library has streamlined its plans for distributing eclipse viewing glasses.

Library officials announced Thursday afternoon that they now plan a single distribution at the library building, rather than sending some with the Bookmobiles and holding back others for library events.

People will be able to pick up the free solar shades beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in the TSCPL parking lot, 1515 SW 10th Ave. People should arrive from SW 11th and MacVicar and use the library entrance on Garfield. Library officials plan to have volunteers and police officers directing traffic into and out of the distribution area, which will be done outdoors, using a drive-thru approach.

People will be limited to two viewing glasses per vehicle. They'll be given while supplies last.

TSCPL is hosting an eclipse watch party beginning at 11:30 a.m. Monday outside the library building. People also may opt to watch NASA's live streaming of the eclipse in the library's Marvin Auditorium from noon to 2 p.m. Monday.