LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Public Library has been notified by its distributor, Amazon, that some of the eclipse glasses it purchased for free distribution may not have been sourced from a reputable Amazon vendor.
Although some of these questionable glasses have an ISO safety certification printed on them, they should not be used to view the sun or the eclipse, accoriding to the library.
“We cannot confirm that persons using these glasses will not suffer damage or injury to their eyes, so if anyone obtained eclipse glasses from the library at any time between Thursday August 10, 2017 and Sunday, August 13, 2017, DO NOT USE THEM,” the library said in a statement.
The statement also said that a majority of eclipse glasses distributed are not subject to this restriction. These are identifiable because they have “August 21, 2017” printed across the bridge of the nose, and include the words: “STARónet” and “MOORE” and “NCIL” printed on the sides.
According to the library, these eclipse glasses were distributed prior to Aug. 10, 2017 and will be distributed on Aug. 21, 2017 during the Library’s eclipse event. The library believes these glasses are safe to use because they remain on the American Astronomical Society's list of recommended products, but the library recommends that if anyone has any questions about the quality of his or her eclipse glasses, he or she should not use them.
“The library regrets that it was duped into purchasing these eclipse glasses, which were falsely identified as ISO safety certified as safe to use, but which we not understand are not guaranteed to be safe,” the library stated.
On Aug. 21 at 2:00 p.m., the Livingston Public Library will be projecting a livestream broadcast of the total solar eclipse from NASA Television at locations across the United States.