With Monday's total solar eclipse just days away, time is running out to get a pair of special glasses to view the phenomenon safely. Luckily, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science and a few local libraries have you covered.

From Thursday to Sunday, guests to the museum can receive one free pair of eclipse glasses with paid entry to the museum while supplies last. Admission to the museum (2018 Chester Ave.) is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 11, $6 for students and seniors and free for children younger than 2 years old.

Libraries in Bakersfield and Delano are also giving away eclipse glasses, and some are hosting events in the coming days.

Baker Library (1400 Baker St.) still has eclipse glasses, which can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and on Monday, when the library will open at 10 a.m. so people can get the glasses before the big event about 20 minutes later.

The Holloway-Gonzales Library (506 E. Brundage Lane) will hold its second of two eclipse events on Friday, when an artist will come out to sketch the eclipse on paper and explain what the eclipse is and how it works. After they draw their own, kids can take home a pair of eclipse glasses to see the real thing.

The Rathbun Library (200 W. China Grade Loop) will host a family story time, discuss safe eclipse viewing and hand out glasses on Saturday at noon.

And on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the Delano Library (925 Tenth Ave. in Delano) will give away glasses, talk about how to safely view the eclipse, host a story time about space and offer space-themed arts and crafts.

Kelly Ardis can be reached at 661-395-7660. Follow her on Twitter at @TBCKellyArdis.

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