Where to find solar eclipse glasses in Brant County

Preparations are underway in Brant County for next month's eagerly-anticipated total solar eclipse.

Starting March 4, locals can snag up to four pairs of free solar glasses from Brant County's customer service offices in Paris and Burford, or at any of the five library branches.

“Such occurrences provide rare opportunities for people to witness the wonder of the universe and deepen their understanding of astronomical phenomena,” a press release from the library said.

The glasses — donated by the department of physics and astronomy at McMaster — will enable people to safely watch the April 8 eclipse, which can cause serious eyesight damage or impairment if viewed without a filter.

The moon is expected to pass between the earth and sun — causing the solar event — between around 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to Eclipse2024.org.

Southern county locations, like Oakland and Cainsville, are on the path of totality — when the moon will completely block the sun.

Locations north of Brantford, like Paris and St. George, fall outside the path of totality, and may experience a partial solar eclipse, but should still use appropriate eye protection, according to Eclipse2024.org.

Excited kids — and adults — can check out the library's selection of books, ebooks and audiobooks about the phenomenon at brantlibrary.ca/Eclipse.

“We’re committed to providing educational resources and experiences that promote scientific literacy and inspire curiosity about the natural world,” Gary Jermy, the library's director of community innovation said in the press release.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories about Brant County. Reach her at cpercybeauregard@torstar.ca.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator