On Aug. 21 Hays will be in the path of a solar eclipse. During a total solar eclipse, the moon appears to completely cover the sun. Though Hays is not in the path of the total eclipse, most of the sun will appear to be blocked out by the moon. This celestial phenomenon takes place about once every 18 months, but is not always visible from the United States. The next solar eclipse will be visible from the United States in 2024.

To celebrate this rare occurrence, the Hays Public Library is hosting several events for all ages. At 6 p.m. Aug. 14, Dean Stramel will be giving a presentation on the total solar eclipse. Stramel will educate patrons on the science of the eclipse and share his own experiences. The library will be giving out free NASA certified eclipse glasses to the first 25 participants. At 6 p.m. Aug. 16, patrons are welcome to come to the library to make their own commemorative eclipse T-shirts. Supplies are limited, so be sure to arrive early. The first 25 patrons will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. Finally, from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 21, the library is hosting an eclipse viewing party. The library will serve a light lunch, then patrons will head outside to view the eclipse, with 175 patrons receiving free NASA-approved eclipse glasses. Patrons are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

If the eclipse isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other programs at the library this August. At 6 p.m. today, there will be live music by the Hollands. The Hollands are an internationally touring family who specialize in Americana and folk music. Author George Frazier will be in the library at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 to discuss his recent book, “The Last Wild Places of Kansas.” If you like to hike, explore or if you just plain love Kansas, don’t miss the presentation.

At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the YA computer lab, the library is hosting a social media workshop for adults. Whether you want to keep up with your kids on Facebook or work on your photography through Instagram, this class will teach you the ropes of basic social media platforms. Crafternoon is a monthly DIY class for adults. At 2 p.m. Aug. 26, patrons can make DIY bottle décor. The library provides the materials, all you have to do is show up for the free class.

For game lovers, there are two opportunities to play at the library this month. At 4 p.m. Aug. 10, the library is offering bingo for all ages. There will be prizes, so make sure you come down to the library to play everybody’s favorite game of chance. Later in the month, at 6 p.m. Aug. 29, there will be a board game cafe complete with refreshments, games and likeminded enthusiasts. Come with friends or by yourself for an evening of Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble and more.

School is starting soon, and people are busy with their end-of-summer to-do lists, but that’s no reason not to fit in some library time. The library is open seven days a week and offers materials and programs for all ages.

For more information on programs and events, visit hayslibrary.org or call (785) 625-9014.

Lucia Bain is communications coordinator at Hays Public Library.