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Walk, paint, learn about the eclipse at Mt. Pleasant library

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
Pittsburgh Rocks will hold a rock-painting session at Mt. Pleasant Public Library.

The Mt. Pleasant Public Library is offering numerous upcoming events featuring arts and crafts, a trail ride/hike and preparation for viewing the solar eclipse.

Trail TROTT: Staff members will host a run, walk or bike countywide Trail TROTT (Take Reading on the Trail) event from 9 to 10 a.m. July 22 at the Coal and Coke Trail near American Architectural Salvage, 23 W. Main St. The library will provide participants with water. The event serves to promote e-audio books and Playaways (digital audio books used with headphones) that can be borrowed at no cost from county libraries.

Eclipse information:In preparation for an anticipated Aug. 21 partial solar eclipse, when the moon will move in between earth and sun, the library will hold a program for adults with a St. Vincent College scientist at 6 p.m. July 27. The partial solar eclipse will be the first visible from the continental U.S. since 1972. It will be the first total solar eclipse only visible from U.S. soil since before the nation's founding, according to a St. Vincent release. According to NASA, only 14 states in the United States are in the path of totality and will be able to experience a total solar eclipse. These include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Guests must pre-register as seating is limited.

Rock painting: On July 29, a member of Pittsburgh Rocks, part of a national movement to paint and hide rocks, will hold a rocking painting party at 11 a.m. A grassroots movement has launched numerous Facebook groups in communities where people decorate rocks with flags, animal faces, flowers or motivational messages, then randomly hide them, asking finders to enjoy and then re-hide the rocks as tiny pieces of public art for others to discover.

All rocks and supplies will be provided. Event is free, donations welcome. Guests must pre-register as seating is limited to 30 people, ages 6 and up. Rocks can be picked up for hiding on July 31.

Books as art: Finally, on Aug. 5, the library will host a free DIY craft event to repurpose old books and book pages into creative art projects. The noon activity is open to all ages, pre-registration is requested.

Details: 724-547-3850 or

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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