Preparing for this summer’s solar eclipse, and looking for ways to engage your visitors? Consider incorporating the free online multi-cultural eclipse stories, researched and recorded by professional storytellers Cassandra Wye and Fran Stallings at the request of the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).

ALSC Blog introduces Multi-Cultural Eclipse Stories

The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales from Around the World was created by LPI to engage a variety of audience age, in preparation for the August 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  Featured are eleven audio recordings of traditional stories and literary tales from around the world, including video recordings with both captioning and an American Sign Language interpreter. The FREE stories are available online through LPI’s Explore Marvel Moons program, to enjoy in advance of the eclipse.

It’s recommended that program facilitators can show video of an eclipse or share eclipse images from a book while the audience is listening to the stories. After listening to one or more stories, consider inviting children to write or record their own story, or design artwork that reflects their thoughts about an eclipse.  Even if you do not conduct an event for the eclipse, your summer activities can prepare your audiences to appreciate this awe-inspiring event!

BONUS: Looking for more eclipse fun?  NASA has assembled a number of eclipse activities (including citizen explorers, eclipse viewing, eclipse art projects, eclipse challenges and 3D printable pinhole projectors!!!) and even an eclipse resource guide for public libraries.

Submitted by Kris Adams Wendt.