Skip Navigation
Search Catalog Search Website
The Great North American Eclipse of 2024

Get Ready for the Eclipse!

Midday on April 8, 2024, Illinois will see its last total solar eclipse for several decades. While Hinsdale does not lie directly in the path of the eclipse’s “totality,” we will still see changes in the sun from our vantage point—and we are only a few hours’ drive from the real show. Let us help you prepare!

Eclipse Glasses Giveaway
Register March 1; pickup April 5–7
The first 400 Hinsdale Public Library Cardholders to register will receive a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses for their household courtesy of the STAR Library Network’s SEAL Program. The Library is also donating 1500 eclipse glasses to students of District 181 to watch the eclipse safely from school.

I Spy Case
Month of March
The Scumaci family has designed the March I Spy Case with an outer space theme.

Southern Illinois Travel
March 12
Our roadtripping program on Shawnee Forest will include some information for eclipse tourists.

Space-Themed Storytimes
Last week of March
All our regularly-scheduled storytimes will feature an outer space theme to help kids get excited about the eclipse.

Eclipse Watch Party
April 8, 1 p.m.
Get eclipse info (and snacks) before heading out to the patio with your eclipse glasses to watch with us!