Saline County Reads

In preparation for April’s total solar eclipse, the Saline County Library is hosting Saline County Reads. This reading event for adults will start on March 1 and run through March 31, leading up to the Saline County Discusses event. Saline County Discusses will take place in the Benton branch’s Meeting Room on Monday, April 1, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The Benton branch is located at 1800 Smithers Drive, Benton, AR 72015.

During Saline County Reads, patrons are encouraged to read David Baron’s 2017 work of science history, American Eclipse. The library has secured an additional 20 copies of this book in order to expand access to patrons.  

American Eclipse tells the story of the 1878 solar eclipse as observed by various individuals across the United States, including Thomas Edison. In this page-turning account, set in the Wild West, readers will experience thrilling train robberies and skirmishes with Native Americans. The story also follows astronomer Maria Mitchell as she fights to show her colleagues that women do have a place in the field of astronomy.    

Patrons are encouraged to attend Saline County Discusses on April 1, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Attendees will gather in the Meeting Room of the Benton branch to discuss their thoughts on the book. This book discussion is open to anyone age 18 or older, whether they have finished the book or not.

“It’s my goal to get the community excited about the eclipse and to help everyone participate in something that’s bigger than themselves,” said Susie Sward, Adult Programmer. Sward also encourages all Saline County Library cardholders to pick up their free pair of eclipse glasses, while supplies last. Find out how to get your free pair of eclipse glasses here.