Solar Eclipse 2017

If you’re looking for the best view of the Solar Eclipse on August 17, 2017. Here are a couple free places in Columbus GA to watch.

AT Your Local Library:

Free viewing glasses at all of the Columbus Public Libraries.

  • Columbus Public Library Auditorium (10am-5pm): Footage of the eclipse
  • Mildred Terry Library (11am-4pm): crafts
  • Columbus Public Library Teen Department (3:30pm-4:30pm): Activities

If you are outside of Columbus, GA. Check your local library to see if they are participating as well.

At The Science Museum:

The Columbus State Coca-Cola Science Museum from 1pm -4pm.

Free coverage of multiple locations in the theater and telescopes set up outside. They will help kids make a pinhole projector with 2 sheets of paper.

More interesting facts here

Watch at home at:


Be sure to take precautions and don’t look directly at the Eclipse with the naked eye. They should be ISO glasses only, to avoid damage to your eyes.

Another option, instead of looking up, is to make a pinhole projection to view the solar eclipse.

(CSU Coca-Cola Science Museum at CSU Library)

Watch a closer version of this pinhole viewer tutorial on their Facebook page, at the link below.

Things to know:

  • This will only be a total eclipse (blackout) if you’re on the line of totality.
  • In Columbus it will be a partial eclipse at 92%
  • We won’t see another one for a while.
  • Muscogee school district, and most others are releasing the kids early while others in Georgia are releasing later. Check your school district.
  • If you have eclipse glasses the only thing you should be able to see is the sun.
  • Even cameras and telescopes need a solar filter.
  • It will last from about 1pm to 4pm. However the best time to see it is about 2:37pm in Columbus.

Find out more about times. The best area to be in Georgia, a list of Atlanta viewing locations and what to expect, start by clicking below.

See how dark it will get in your area and if it will be a total or partial eclipse in your part of GA.

Type in your zipcode:

See more about your area:

See a simulated eclipse

From The Weather Channel Android App:

Don’t Judge Me

I see you looking at me.

I’m the mom who is walking,

with the child that’s mismatched and that won’t stop talking.

Yeh I know she looks special and you’re wondering outloud,

“who’d dress her like that,”

is she your child.

Well the truth is she dresses herself and knows what she wants.

I wouldn’t wear it, but hey she’s ready to flaunt

I’m acting like I don’t see

Don’t judge me

Yes she’s in a bathing suit with rainboots,

ok she’s wearing long sleeves,and its 90 degrees,

Sure her hair is a mess,

and she’s wearing pajamas, like she’s fully dress

Yes I noticed the socks she has on are bright green,

and I realize her pants are busting at the seems.

yes socks are paired with her dress shoes

and if you haven’t figured out by now, I did let her choose.

The bows in her hair are as colorful as her toes and she bringing out Minnie to see a free show.

She’s changed her outfit not once or twice, but we’re on three

Don’t judge me

You have no idea what our morning was like,

I barely made it out of the house and I didn’t want to fight

So she’s wearing the same outfit two days in row

and she’s dressing like Minnie and out the door we go.

She has her head held high and she smiling from ear to ear,

and sure I’d love her to match but look we made it here.

Don’t judge me

you look at me crazy and wonder how it could be
that I let my child walk out the door, as such a sight.

I realize you don’t have a toddler that’s styling herself in the mornings, waking up during the nights.

while you may have a child, how we quickly forget,

the struggle that comes after the terrible twos when they seem to know all of it.

How I’d love to explain that my day’s been insane,

how I rushed out the house with two toddlers in the rain.

How I had to eat fast food to get here on time,

and I carried them both as I stood in that line.

You don’t understand the meaning of the crying and tears that you hear,

one Is sleepy and the other has pain in her ears.

I did notice you whisper not knowing where I’m heading,

sure I’m flying alone, I’m off to see to my sister get wedded.

So keeps your thought to yourself, your stares in your head, and your opinions and advice can remain left unsaid.

Unless you’re lending a hand or a kind word or three, Let me tell you again, simply,

“don’t judge me”.

Good morning potty training

Last night Chipmunk was struggling to poop. She’s potty trained (or so I thought) but at, not even, 2 and a half I heard I may have to watch for constipation. So this morning I have her activia and watermelon and green juice. Well all of a sudden she yells “mommy, I have to go potty!” I see her tensing up, so I say “are you pooping?” She shook her head yes. As I came around my bed to grab her, I said “on my floor?” She shakes her head yes. And yes huge terd was on my floor at 8:30 this morning, she had taken her panties off. I stuck her on the toilet and then put her in the tub. Then she stood up and peed. This mom thing is a job that no one can prepare for. Well TGIF! (Whatever that means to a mom)

Things you have to take advantage of at the Public Library

STEAM KITS: Amazing!! Full of activities, lesson plans, books, games. A duffle bag of endless possibilities. They almost make me believe homeschooling could be a piece of cake.

Check out time: 2 weeks

Renewals allowed:1

LAUNCHPADS: They have these great tablets that are loaded with games geared towards a specific topic and age group. Reading, science, music and more. These are also awesome when heading on a road trip.

Check out time:1 week

Renewals: N/A but you can get a days grace period if you call.

CHECK OUT PASSES: This is one of my favorite perks of the library. So you don’t have the money to visit some of the Atlanta museums? It’s ok, head to the library and take advantage of the FREE passes! These include Go Fish, Museum of Puppetry Arts, Zoo Atlanta, and GA State Parks Pass. There’s even a new one this year for a history museum called Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Check out time: varies
Renewals: N/A

PROGRAMS: There is something for everyone. We have seen authors speak, magicians, African drummers, the Columbus Orchestra, Family Art projects, Storytimes, Children’s programs (with a theme, books, music and art projects), Spanish, Sign Language, Chess, Coloring & Coffee, Gardening, Book Club’s, Festivals and more. If there isn’t a program for you, there will be. Keep checking back, and don’t forget the different branches offer different things. So check all of the calendars for the surrounding locations!


After a long day, I thought I’d stay home and go to sleep early. That was funny! The kids are waking at crazy hours and not at the same time. My thoughts of relaxing went out the door and I quickly regretted skipping Derby today 😩. Yes I said Derby, funnest and best work out ever (that’s another post). Ladybug is in this phase where she can literally talk, all day (not an exaggeration), and has excellent breath control because I never hear her stop to breath. And Chipmunk has a mischievous streak and loves to aggravate Ladybug just because she can. I know, “they grow up so quickly and I’ll miss these days”…The problem is, will I remember them, through my tired haze.

Saturday’s in Columbus, GA

*Toddler group at South Columbus Library at 10:15am
*Marketplace on Broadway 9am-12pm

*Skate lessons at Hollywood connection from 10-11am, discounted skating if purchased before 11:30.

CANCELED UNTIL SCHOOL STARTS: second Saturdays at the museum aren’t happening again until Fantastic Fridays are over.