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What is a Solar Eclipse?

from NASA:

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totalitycan see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.


What is It?

This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.


Who Can See It?

Lots of people! Everyone in the contiguous United States, in fact, everyone in North America plus parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse, while the thin path of totality will pass through portions of 14 states.  


How Can You See It?

You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety.


The National Weather Service has created a special page on their website that will provide forecasts starting on August 15th (7-day forecast).:  Get Your Local Forecast for Eclipse Day!

Don't have #SolarEclipse2017 glasses? Watch the  LIVE stream from NASA!:  NASA Live Stream

You can also make your own devices for watching the eclipse:  Home Made Viewing Options

Here are a few safety links that NASA has provided:


So you think you know your Black History?  Form a group with your friends (up to 4 per team, 6 teams total) and pit your knowledge against other teams.  Call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-7276 or register online to register your team (click on Feb 4 on the calendar at the right, then click on Black History Trivia Contest.)

On February 4, 2017 at 2 pm come to Hackley Public Library to see the contest.  Teams will be asked questions on Black History.  We'll have prizes for First, Second, and Third place teams, as well as some consolation prizes.   Cheer on your friends and family!

Online Resources:

John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities

Each year the Hackley Public Library sponsors the John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities scholarship competition. The Robinson Award is the premiere writing award for high school students in West Michigan.

The Robinson Essay competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors living in Muskegon County in the fields of English, history and government. Teachers submit their students’ best classroom work for this prestigious award.

The Robinson Essay in the Humanities Award was established in 1988 by Dr. Harry W. Robinson in honor of his parents, John and Ruth Robinson . Harry Robinson received a doctorate from Harvard University and their daughter, Maxine, received a masters degree from Michigan State University. Life-long residents of Muskegon, the Robinsons were devoted to family, home and the community, and were firmly committed to the importance of education. Assisting students in their post secondary careers was of great importance to them. Funds for the Robinson Essay in the Humanities award are managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

The name of the 1st place winner of the Robinson Essay award is inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the Hackley Public Library. The winners are awarded $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

In 2015 the judges for the Robinson Awards were Jean Pataky, Robert Heaton, and James Hopper. All three are retired high school and college level teachers of English and writing.

Letter to Schools

Rules for Essay


1st Hallie Mills Mona Shores HS
2nd Nicholas Tyler Mona Shores HS
3rd Althea Muth Mona Shores HS
1st Jenna Johns Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Conner Miller Whitehall HS
3rd Abigail Bryson Mona Shores HS
1st Danielle Schugars Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Janelle Uganski Whitehall HS
3rd Kayleigh Fongers Mona Shores HS
1st Alyssa Jenkins Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Serena Gale-Butto Mona Shores HS
3rd Joshua Recknagel Mona Shores HS
1st Amber Young Mona Shores HS
2nd Brigid Kiley Mona Shores HS
3rd Elizabeth (Ellie) Demarse Reeths Puffer HS
1st Eric Hester Mona Shores HS
2nd Tim Woodcock 
Mona Shores HS
3rd Rachel Copley 
Whitehall HS