Mandel Library is out of solar eclipse glasses

Update 2 p.m.: The Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach is out of solar eclipse glasses.

The library had 5,000 it began giving away Tuesday morning, and had 1,000 left this morning.

Those have since been distributed.

Previous story: The Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach is reporting it still has 1,000 solar eclipse glasses to give away, but they will likely go fast.

The library opens at 9:30 this morning.

Adults with a West Palm Beach library card can get two pairs of eclipse glasses, which have become hard to find as the Monday event approaches.

On Tuesday, the library gave away 4,000 pairs of glasses with people waiting in line as the library opened.

Related: How Floridians can watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach gave out free verified solar eclipse glasses to library cardholders Tuesday, August 15, 2017. About four dozen people were lined up for the glasses when the library’s doors opened at 9:30am; by 10am, “several hundred showed up, ” according to the library’s adult services manager Marsha Warfield. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

The library got the glasses through a program by The National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. It was initially put on a waitlist, but when more glasses came in, the center immediately shipped them out.

Amazon began recalling eclipse glasses during the weekend, informing customers that the eyewear might not meet the safety standards to block out harmful solar rays. South Florida will see a partial eclipse with 80 percent of the sun covered by the moon, meaning glasses are necessary when viewing the entire event.

Related: Best places to watch the Great American eclipse.

A spokeswoman for Amazon said the company is not releasing a list of companies whose glasses are being recalled because there are legitimate versions of the glasses under the same names.

Dave D’Addario of West Palm Beach tries on a free pair of solar eclipse glasses at Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach Tuesday, August 15, 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

“Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of our customers, we asked third-party sellers that were offering solar eclipse glasses to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with relative safety standards,” Amazon said in a statement. “The listings from sellers who did not provide the appropriate documentation have been removed and customers who purchased from them were notified.”

The American Astronomical Society said earlier this month that counterfeit eclipse glasses were “flooding the market” with products that might cause eye damage.

The AAS previously advised people to look for evidence that the glasses comply with international safety standards for filters of direct viewing of the sun by ensuring the following was printed on the glasses: ISO 12312-2.

The American Astronomical Society says it is no longer enough to check for ISO certification on eclipse glasses. Make sure they come from a reputable vendor also.

Regular sun glasses are not enough to keep out the harmful rays of the sun.

“What you absolutely should not do is search for eclipse glasses on the Internet and buy whatever pops up in the ads or search results,” AAS said.

AAS is now suggesting people ensure their glasses are ISO certified and come from reputable vendors that it has verified and listed on its website.

“The glasses are worth their weight in gold right now,” said Susan Barnett, director of the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory. “I wish Amazon had checked the validity earlier.”

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