2017 Solar Eclipse for Kids!

Skylab @the Library  Tuesday, August 1

The Peoria Riverfront Museum’s portable planetarium comes to Chillicothe!

*Registration required: phone 274-2719

Perfect Little Planet (Preschool – Grade 4)

1 pm & 1:30 pm
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes: a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose?

Extreme Planets  (Grades 3 and older)

2 pm & 2:30 pm
Visitors will explore what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place, and take an immersive tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!

Mysteries of the Sky Tuesday, August 8 @1 pm

Lee Green of the Twin Cities Amateur Astronomers Club will talk about how the stars, moons and planets move around in our sky, and how that movement affects what we see.  He’ll discuss the upcoming solar eclipse and talk about how to watch it safely.  Weather permitting, we will also view the sun through Lee’s solar binoculars.

About Lee Green: Growing up on a farm, Lee Green was introduced to sky watching at a young age. With the early NASA space programs, his interest only increased. Since purchasing his 14″ telescope used for viewing and astrophotography, Lee joined the Twin City Amateur Astronomers, the local observing club, and soon was elected their president, embracing their mission of education and public outreach. Lee counts successes by the number of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ he gets from young observers when they look through the telescope.

Beanies in Space Wednesday, August 9 @10 am

Your Beanie Baby buddy has always wanted to be an astronaut.  Bring your buddy in a rocket or space suit or any way you like, to be launched from the library’s trebuchet.  Which buddy will travel the farthest?  Or have the coolest outfit?  Prizes for all!

Outer Space Story Times (age 3 – 5)

Tuesday, August 15 @6:30 pm

Thursday, August 17 @10:15 am

Get ready for next week’s eclipse by traveling to outer space with Green Wilma and the Astrobunnies!  If the weather is good, we’ll also launch a few rockets.




Links and More Information

Total Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017 – Stars Over Peoria Blog



Eclipse Live – Streaming Video of August 21 Solar Eclipse – NASA.gov



How to Film or Photograph the 2017 Solar Eclipse Like a Pro – space.com



Eclipse Websites

Eclipse FAQs

Press Release

CHILLICOTHE PUBLIC LIBRARY Joins NASA and other organizations in Celebrating the Celestial Event of the Century

Chillicothe, IL — The Chillicothe Public Library has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities, culminating in the eclipse event on August 21, 2017.

The Chillicothe Public Library will offer a range of public programs to bring the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults. The library is bringing the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Skylab to Chillicothe for several space programs.  The library is also presenting a special introduction to the eclipse event by Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan, a viewing party on Eclipse Day, and several other exciting programs.  For a full schedule of events, visit chillipld.org or phone 309-274-2719.

“We are proud that the Chillicothe Public Library will participate in this national program,” said Library Director Mary Aylmer. “We have partnered with the Peoria Riverfront Museum and local schools to help our community prepare for this amazing astronomy event. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”

The Chillicothe Public Library is located at 430 N Bradley Ave, Chillicothe, IL.  Our eclipse programs are free and open to the public.

The Chillicothe Public Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, the Girl Scouts, the SETI Institute and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate and the National Science Foundation.

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