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Boardman store plans to sell eclipse viewing glasses

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A children's museum in Youngstown is out of those much sought after eclipse viewing glasses, but a camera store in Boardman plans to put some on sale Thursday morning.

Many stores that had glasses have exhausted their supply.  Others never received them.  21 News has found a couple of places with a limited supply of safety certified glasses.

People were waiting in line outside when the OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology opened Wednesday morning.

Museum officials say the fifty pairs of glasses that they were selling for $8 apiece disappeared quickly.

As an alternative, the museum is offering to help people make their own eclipse viewing box.  People will be available during normal business hours to assist.

All that is needed is the price of admission and an empty cereal box.

OH WOW! is located at 11 West Federal Street.  Their phone number is 330-744-5914

Boardman business will have glasses

According to YM Camera's Facebook page, the store at 755 Boardman Canfield Road will be selling solar glasses beginning Thursday morning on a first come, first served basis.

The store will have 85 pairs available at $15 apiece and are limited to two per customer.

A YM Camera spokesperson says the $15 price is mostly to cover the expense of overnight shipping.

YM Camera doors will open at 10 am Thursday, and pre-orders are not being accepted. YM Camera phone: 330-758-7005.

Others sold out

The Lowe's outside New Castle sold the last of their viewing glasses on Tuesday.  Other local Lowe's stores sold out of the glasses earlier, as did Toys “R” Us and Kirkland's in Grove City.

Employees from nine area Walmart stores told 21 News on Tuesday that they were sold out, and did not know if more would be delivered before the eclipse.

Workers at local Home Depot stores, Pilot/Flying J's, and Circle K stores say they never received the glasses.

One manager at a Circle K surmised that only stores in the direct path of the total eclipse were given supplies of the glasses.

According to the Best Buy website, the glasses are out of stock online and not available at the local stores.

Getting glasses online

A look at amazon.com on Tuesday showed that a five-pack of their best-selling glasses were currently unavailable. Another safety certified brand offered a five pack for $55.99.  However, with the $4.99 shipping, the glasses would not arrive until Tuesday, one day after the eclipse.

Free library glasses

Officials at a library in Lisbon announced on Wednesday that they are no longer giving the glasses away.

The Lepper Library, 303 E Lincoln Way, Lisbon was making the glasses available free of charge but stopped the giveaway when the supply dwindled to 100 pairs.

Those glasses are being reserved on a first come, first served basis for an eclipse party on the library lawn from 1 pm until 4 pm Monday.  The Lepper Library phone number is (330) 424-3117.

Other library viewings

The East Palestine Memorial Public Library has already given some of its glasses away at an earlier event with Youngstown State University. They have about 40 pairs of glasses being reserved for an eclipse viewing event in the library parking lot, 309 N Market St, East Palestine, Ohio.

Librarian Noreen McBride is advising those who received glasses at the YSU event to bring them to the viewing on Monday. It begins at 1:30. McBride suggests that participants bring folding chairs.

One of the largest area viewing events is planned for 2 pm Monday at the Bristol High School Soccer Field, 1845 Greenville Rd. NW, Bristolville, Ohio.

Bristol Public Library Librarian Cheryl French tells 21 News that the vast majority of their viewing glasses are reserved for the 700 plus students expected to attend the event at 2 pm Monday.

The remaining glasses will be available on a first come, first served basis according to French who emphasizes that the supply is extremely limited.

She suggests that people arrive by 1:45 pm and bring blankets or folding chairs.

The Girard Free Public Library has already given away the 70 pair of glasses it received. They do not plan to hold a viewing event.

Another option

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially-eclipsed Sun is with a pinhole projector, according to NASA.

With this method, sunlight streams through a small hole – such as a pencil hole in a piece of paper, or even the space between your fingers – onto a makeshift screen, such as a piece of paper or the ground. It’s important to only watch the screen, not the Sun.

Never look at the Sun through the pinhole -- it is not safe.

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