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Young and old were able to safely view the lunar eclipse on Saturday, Oct. 8, thanks to 500 safety goggles provided by Scientific Educational Activities for Libraries, or SEAL.

“A lot of people were trying to purchase the glasses. We told them come on down, they’re free,” said Library Director Frances Recio.

Along with safety glasses, SEAL provided written materials about what the eclipse does and how to view it safely, with or without glasses. SEAL supplies the material free-of-charge to each Muleshoe campus.

“There’s information on how to contact SEAL and get ideas for the classrooms,” Recio said. “SEAL is also on board to provide glasses for the total solar eclipse on April 28, 2024.”

Viewing the lunar eclipse created excitement for everyone from tots to adults.

“It was electrifying,” Recio said. “We got photos from friends and patrons. Pictures of shadows cast by the moon over trees looked like lace. Those were really neat.”

A picture of a little girl looking at the eclipse was sent to NASA.

“It was a big hoo-ha,” Recio said. “Little towns really don’t get that kind of coverage.”

Camilla, or Cami, the little girl, is the daughter of a library worker. Muleshoe Library considers her an unofficial mascot.

“She thinks she’s coming to work when she comes in with her grandma. She straightens the books on her shelf. She even made a donation of one of her books to the kids’ system,” Recio said. “We have to grow our own patrons, and it’s never too early to start.”

Muleshoe Elementary schools have book clubs that visit the library. DeShazo Elementary recently came in for a tour and story time. In addition, area towns like Farwell and Bovina are regular library patrons.

“A lot of children don’t really know that the library exists,” Recio said. “The schools offer the biggest opportunity for kids to learn that we’re here and we’re free.

“The effect on kids is immense when we can get them here.”

You can find Muleshoe Area Public Library on Facebook, visit their website at mapl.ploud.net or call them at 806-272-4707.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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