• Shelby County Public Library: Activities at your library this week

    Beginning April 1, anyone may pick up solar eclipse glasses at any Shelby County Public Library location. Please bring an ID, such as a driver’s license, but no restrictions are on the glasses giveaway. That’s no April Fool’s Joke!

    Pick up eclipse glasses at the circulation desks at Morristown Branch and Shelbyville main building or at the Computer Lab during business hours. In Shelbyville, hours are 9 am to 9 pm Mondays through Thursdays; 9 am to 7 pm Fridays; and 9 am to 5 pm Saturdays. In Morristown, hours are 10 am to 6 pm Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays; 12 pm to 6 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 am to 5 pm Fridays.

    While the solar eclipse is firmly fixed in the library’s plans, the week of April 1 through 6 is chock full of other fun for adults teens, and kids of all ages. Ages 11+ can Make Potato Chips from Scratch with Dustin at 5 pm Tuesday, April 2 or tackle retro web building with Neocities with Dustin at 5 pm Wednesday April 3. On Wednesday, April 3, spring painting from 3 pm to 5 pm is focused on ages 12-16 at Morristown. Kids ages 6-11 can enjoy recycling crafts on Tuesday, April 2 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Morristown.

    Adults have a host of choices as well. Roll a Picasso art class starts at 6 pm April 2, in Room D of the Shelbyville Branch main building, while Board Game Club meets there at 6 pm April 6, when adults will play Codenames. Marylen breaks out the plastic bags on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm to show how to create with Plarn, plastic yarn. Just bring plastic bags for this craft.

    An Eclipse Extravaganza runs from 12 pm to 2 pm on Saturday, April 6 at Morristown. Crafts, games, trivia and more will be featured and are suitable for all ages.

    Saturday, April 6, is the public’s last chance to receive free solar eclipse glasses. Just get to a library location before 5 pm.

    All library locations will be closed Monday, April 8. Heavy traffic and congestion across the county are expected for the solar eclipse. For safety, our staff will stay home. However, the public can still access the library’s website, which has a specific Solar Eclipse page with videos from NASA, downloadable bookmarks and phone wallpapers, eclipse activities at the library, and links to other important eclipse websites. Here is the link: https://www.myshelbylibrary.org/solar-eclipse-april-8-2024