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Youngstown Free Library going local for eclipse

Fri, Apr 5th 2024 07:00 am

The Youngstown Free Library will be among the many organizations throughout Buffalo-Niagara getting into the eclipse excitement. What’s more, it is focused on keeping things local, with a number of fun, family events planned for River Region residents.

“Are you feeling overwhelmed by the giant eclipse events happening in Niagara Falls and Fort Niagara? We are here to provide a family-friendly alternative for locals!” the library shared. “Come to our small, chill, family-friendly event to celebrate the eclipse with your friends and neighbors! Bring your own lawn chairs to the Youngstown Free Library. We'll provide eclipse glasses to the first 150 attendees.”

Director Sonora Miller said that, from 2-4 p.m. Monday, visitors can check out the eclipse on the front lawn of the Red Brick on Lockport Street. The library will have hot dogs and water from the Youngstown Lions, plus Girl Scout cookies for sale; sidewalk chalking activities with the Youngstown Boy Scouts; even some glow-in-the-dark tattoos – a hit for the kids even if it's cloudy, Miller said. Also decorating shields for eclipse glasses (to protect those young eyes), and some take-and-make craft kits for ages 5-10.

There will also be discussions on eclipse science from the Youngstown Girl Scouts, and a possible livestream of the eclipse inside the library. Visitors will also find dedicated parking for the handicapped and families who need assistance.

“Escape the traffic issues,” Miller said. “We also encourage biking and walking to the library.”

For more information, visit the Youngstown Free Library on Facebook or call 716-745-3555.

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