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Edwardsville library recalls eclipse glasses

Emmalyn Johnson, 3, tries on her free pair of eclipse glasses at Mauney Memorial Library in Kings Mountain, N.C.
Emmalyn Johnson, 3, tries on her free pair of eclipse glasses at Mauney Memorial Library in Kings Mountain, N.C.

After handing out eclipse glasses during an event last month, Edwardsville Public Library officials are telling people those glasses won’t protect their eyes during next week’s solar event.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, officials recalled an unspecified number of glasses given to people at an All-American Total Solar Eclipse event July 31.

Officials wrote that Amazon could not confirm the glasses were certified or sourced from a recommended manufacturer.

Experts recommend people make sure their eclipse glasses are ISO 12312-2 certified. People can look at the sun when the moon fully covers the sun, but the glasses should be worn during the partial phases.

Despite the recall, there are several regional businesses and organizations providing the public with glasses at little to no cost.

And while the Edwardsville Public Library’s post said people could come in to exchange them starting Wednesday, a comment left the same day by the library said they did not have any glasses to replace those recalled.

However, the post did note that the Saint Louis Astronomical Society of St. Louis was working to distribute certified glasses to the Edwardsville Public Library.

A library employee said Thursday afternoon that the two people who could comment on the situation would not be in the office until Friday.

Last month, the Edwardsville District 7 school board voted to cancel school for the day of the eclipse, Aug. 21. They cited safety concerns with school letting out during the time of day it will be the most dangerous to look at the sun.

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