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Eclipse fever in eastern Iowa

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99 years in the making and now just hours away, people in Eastern Iowa are bracing for the solar eclipse. 

No matter where you are, there is more than likely a watch party where you can watch the magic unfold on Monday, August 21st.

The Cedar Falls Public Library is just one of many hosting a watch party. 

"The eclipse has been just huge across the United States, everyone is excited, and the response has been unprecedented here," said Cedar Falls Public Library's Erin Thompson. "We were anticipating a interest of course, but the response has just been crazy."

At the Cedar Falls public library, phones have been ringing off the hook in anticipation for the solar eclipse and you'd be surprised the questions they're answering.

"Someone asking if we can reschedule the eclipse, which...it's the sun," said Thompson. "Can't really reschedule the sun."

One thing is for certain, that when Monday rolls around, people at the library will be trading in books for the special eclipse glasses to watch the magic unfold. 

If you haven't had a chance to snag one of these coveted glasses, not to worry. Tomorrow, the Cedar Falls library be handing out 200 pairs for their watch party in their parking lot. Not to worry, If the weather isn't working in their favor, the eclipse won't be missed. They'll be live streaming NASA's coverage. 

"We're hoping to have it up in four places simultaneously inside the library," said Thompson. 

A team from NASA will be chasing the solar eclipse in two jets. From their vantage point, they'll witness an eclipse almost three times longer than the one people are seeing on ground. The hype is still very much alive for those who might not have the clearance to reach the sky. 

Stephen Bailey and his family plan to just do normal during tomorrow's eclipse, but they've heard their far share of excitement. 

"Friends from our church, they're getting up at three in the morning, and driving to Missouri, or wherever it is," said Bailey. "And they're going to get their five hours ahead of time, and they're taking eclipse gum-they're in and all in."

The watch party at the Cedar Falls public library will begin at 11:30.

Other watch parties include:

Independence public library will be hosting a solar eclipse splash from noon till 2 p.m at the library. 

Waverly public library will be hosting a watch party from 12:30 till 1:30 p.m. at the library. 

The University of Northern Iowa will be hosting a watch party from noon till 2 p.m. at the south side of the Campanile. If weather doesn't cooperate, they will be moving inside Rod Library. 

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