Image courtesy of starnetlibraries.org and Univ. of Colorado.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for libraries and their communities to work together to participate in a celestial event of this scope,” says Paul Dusenbery, eclipse Project Director at the NCIL Boulder public library.
Colorado libraries and parks that received glasses will provide them to community members while they last, and due to limited supplies, some will provide the glasses only to those that attend eclipse-related programs.
Visit the Colorado Virtual Library website for local library information, or the CPW Solar Eclipse page for a list of particpating state parks.
Note: It’s best to contact these libraries in advance to ask about availability.
Eclipse viewing glasses (or a pinhole projector) are required to safely view the eclipse. Read more on the 2017 Eclipse Viewing and Safety page.
Based on the
positive survey data from the participant evaluations, library staff and park managers, Colorado Parks & Wildlife is continuing the "Check Out State Parks" program another year. It is also expanding the program to include most of the publicly funded college and university libraries.
The library patron research, tabulated by the State Library and described in the in the info graphic, summarizes the positive stories and experiences the library patrons are enjoying while using the pass and backpacks. The research also supports the original goals of exposing new patrons to Colorado's 41 state parks and expanding library services offered.
1. Use the pass to get into a state park for FREE. 2. Use the backpack to explore a nearby state park and see what you can learn. 3. Share a photo with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter or Instagram.
Hike or bike the multi-use trails, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight.
To plan your trip, use the parks brochure or park finder.