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Hornell preparing for big April 8 solar eclipse party

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Friends of the Hornell Public Library will host Shawmut Park festivities

Hornell NY is directly in the path of the April 8th, 2024 Eclipse, while Hornell is not in totality, we will see a deep partial meaning that the sun will be blocked at 99.74%, and will 100% need glasses to view safely.  The best way to get glasses is to attend the Solar Event at Shawmut Park in Hornell hosted by the Friends of the Hornell Public Library and its sponsors.  Thanks to grants to the Hornell Library, and donations from NASA, Explore Steuben, and other agencies.  Additionally, every student from the Hornell School District will be getting glasses sent home with them the day of the eclipse

The event runs from Noon to 5:00 pm and includes Craft & Food Vendors, A solar sundial craft to be built, craft and food vendors, & music by DJ Truth and a small basket raffle all funds are donated to the Friends of the Hornell Public Library, a non-profit organization charged with fundraising for the Hornell Public Library.  If you require a copy of our 501-3c paperwork we can provide it to you.  We are an active group for events the Library puts on and we could always use more active individuals.  Meetings are open to the public and held at the Hornell Public Library at 64 Genesee Street on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm. 

Additionally, the Library will have a large projector with educational videos streaming from NASAs website and will stream the eclipse for those who do not wish to look at it.  The NASA Viewing tent, tables & chairs are provided by Twin Tier Event Rentals.  The goal is to also provide a live stream of the eclipse from one of NASAs viewing options: NASA TV, NASA.gov and for those who are unable to attend you can watch via NASA app. 

Any Student who wishes to get graduation volunteer hours done, can show up at the event as soon as school is released; including Hornell High Schools Juniors class of 2025. 

Want to dress the part? Sponsor Forever 6ix Apparel has custom T-Shirts & Hoodies that you can purchase Library Eclipse Collection – Forever 6ix Apparel. 25% of every sale will be donated to the Friends of the Hornell Public Library to be used on future Library activities. Order early as processing time can take a few weeks.  

All activities were provided by sponsors like the Hornell Elks Lodge & The Graham Agency. Anyone wishing to sponsor please Email CCOCNY@GAMIL.COM. With over 2000 free solar viewing glasses to give away & all the activities, Hornell is the perfect place to enjoy the day.  For a list of vendors go to Hornell Partners for Growths Facebook Events Page or Discover Hornell App.  To become a vendor email hornellpartners@gmail.com for an application. 

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