SUMMER PROGRAMS ARE HERE!

The City of Niagara Falls has released their Summer 2024 program booklet for youth and teens. Feel free to browse the various programs by clicking on the link below. We hope you find some interesting activities this summer! https://niagarafallsusa.org/resid.../services/youth_serv.php


Come one, come all! Please join us June 10th, 6-8pm at the LaSalle Branch for a very special event! Award-winning author Robert Brighton will be giving a presentation, taking audience Q&A, and signing copies of his latest book, Current of Darkness.
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What would a tiny art gallery be without a tiny art gallery opening? Join us at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 1st from 7-8 PM to view the full collection of art and enjoy some tiny snacks. Both the Main and LaSalle collections will be on display for this opening; afterwards, they will each be on display at their respective libraries. See you there! 

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We hope you will join us on Tuesday, April 23rd @ 6pm in the Main Branch Auditorium for a special showing of the OSC documentary UNITED IN DARKNESS: A JOURNEY TO TOTALITY, a hometown exploration of how Niagara Falls, NY experienced this year's once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse.

Oh, and do you still have solar eclipse glasses you need recycled? No problem! We will be collecting any and all solar eclipse glasses before the show starts! See you there!




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*Overflow parking space will be available for all library attendees at Harry F. Abate Elementary School next door to the Main Branch Library from April 3rd until April 8th.*

As you may have heard, Niagara Falls is within the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024. That means that for a few moments, the moon will completely block the visibility of the sun, leaving only the corona, or halo, visible. This is a momentous occasion for our area, and for many, the opportunity of a lifetime to see this rare and incredible event!

As a result, we have been pulling out all the stops on planning and preparing for this. Along with several other community organizations, we have partnered with NASA's Kennedy Center to bring a ton of programming and activities for both community members and visitors to enjoy. As soon as our schedule of programming is released, it will be available here on this page, on our events calendar, on our social media, and on Destination Niagara's website dedicated to eclipse information for our area


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Along with the other NASA community partner organizations, we will be distributing free eclipse glasses to the community for safe viewing. When glasses are officially available to the public, we will announce it on our social media and on this page. The rules for the glasses distribution are:

1. For personal use only, do not resell.
2. You can request two pairs per person.
3. Offer is good while supplies last.
4. You are responsible for inspecting the glasses to make sure they are not torn, punctured or otherwise unsafe to use. 
5. The library, NASA, and the City of Niagara Falls are not responsible for any injury from viewing the sun or the eclipse without glasses, with broken glasses, or with glasses used improperly.

For those who want to reuse glasses from previous years, have gotten them from somewhere else, or who wish to purchase safe solar eclipse glasses, you can find a list of NASA-approved safe vendors and distributors of glasses on the American Astronomical Society's website. There are vendors who sell everything from single pairs for individuals to bulk and wholesale quantities for anyone looking to source a large quantity of glasses. If you are reusing glasses or filters, be sure to check that both the paper frames and the solar filters are not damaged in any way, and that the glasses are marked as meeting the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Do NOT attempt to use broken glasses, sunglasses, binoculars, telescopes, cell phone photo lenses or any other non-approved solar lenses to view the eclipse, as you can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Additionally, and particularly for those who plan to be outside for the entire eclipse and not just a few moments of totality, consider adding sun lotion or other skin protective gear to prevent sunburns and sun damage to your skin. Just because April isn't beach weather doesn't mean that you can't get a sunburn!

The Niagara Falls Public Library will be giving out a total of 19,000 solar glasses, including 7,500 to Niagara Falls City School children through the school district.  Glasses to NFCSD children are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Here is a live-streamed video from NASA about what solar eclipses are, why they are so rare and awesome, and how to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse:



We cannot wait to celebrate this amazing event with you!


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Speaker: Samantha Doxtator, "Indigenous Astronomy: As Told By the Haudenosaunee"
The careful observation of the Stars, the Moon, the Sun, and other celestial bodies by Indigenous Peoples stand as a rich and foundational source for the origins of modern astronomy and science. Join us for an exciting presentation by Samantha Doxtator, Oneida Wolf Clan. Learn about Haudenosaunee perspectives on astronomical connections to creation stories, innovation, perseverance, and life cycles on Earth. This free presentation will be available on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Main Library from 7:00-8:30 PM in our auditorium.
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thursday 4/4
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Niagara Falls Public Library is proud to be partnering with NASA's Kennedy Space Center alongside several other community organizations to host NASA subject matter expert presentations!  You can find the full schedule for all the locations here on Destination Niagara's Solar Eclipse calendar page, or you can see individual days and locations below! 

Main Branch 
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LaSalle Branch
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Niagara Falls High School,  4455 Porter Road
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