Book Discussion: "American Eclipse"

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Now that you've seen a solar eclipse, join author David Baron to discuss his book American Eclipse, a narrative history about a total eclipse that crossed the American frontier in 1878. This event inspired our country’s rise as a scientific power. It’s a tale of the Wild West and Gilded Age, featuring a young Thomas Edison — who traveled to Wyoming for the eclipse — and pioneering Vassar College astronomer Maria Mitchell, who led an all-female eclipse expedition to Denver to show what women could do in science.

Baron will join us virtually to discuss his book and information about eclipses. He is a science writer, eclipse chaser, and volunteer expert with STAR Net's Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL).

Registration is required for those who wish to join this program on Zoom. Register online below, by calling 309.590.6168, or by visiting the Help Desk on the Library's 2nd floor. Those planning to attend in person DO NOT need to register.

American Eclipse is available at the Help Desk on the Library’s 2nd Floor, as an eBook on the Libby app, and as an eAudiobook on the Hoopla app, where items are always available and never have to be put on hold.

Questions about this program can be emailed to Carol at