Solar Science Programming Workshops

On April 8, 2024, North America will experience an incredible natural event that has been dubbed the Great North American Eclipse. Two-thirds of the state of Arkansas will be in the path of totality and the rest of the state will experience 95% of totality. These workshops will prepare public library staff to provide solar science programming in the library for children and adults ahead of the April 2024 eclipse.

Training will be provided by Anne Holland and Stephanie Vierow-Fields of the Space Science Institute.

Beginning the week of April 13, 2023, the Arkansas State Library will begin circulating eight solar science kits to libraries for use in library programming. Although not required, attendance at one of these workshops is strongly recommended for those wishing to borrow a solar science programming kit.

Event Information

Dates: March 7, 8, & 9
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Audience: Public library staff interested in solar science and eclipse programming
Registration Deadline: Open until filled

Registration is limited to 35 participants per location. Content is the same on all three days. Participants must register online.


Crawford County Library — March 7
1409 Main St, Van Buren, AR 72956
Register Online

Garland County Library — March 8
1427 Malvern Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
FULL — contact Jenn Wann,, to be added to the waitlist

Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library — March 9
315 W Oak Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401
Register Online

Additional Information

6.0 Professional Development Hours accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education are available to participants. Lunch will be served.

Funding for this workshop and four science kits is provided to the Arkansas State Library by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Additional support for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Please contact Jenn Wann, for more information.