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Hundreds gather at Cedar Rapids library to view solar eclipse

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Hundreds attended a solar eclipse watch party today at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. 

Unfortunately clouds blocked a lot of the view, leaving some disappointed. 

 "Really excited but also really sad that I can't see it," says 7-year-old Taren Tandy. 
The library started handing out protective glasses at 11:30 this morning. 

Some tried making pinhole projectors out of cereal boxes or shoe boxes to safely view the eclipse. 

Despite the cloud cover there were people who were able to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse from the library. 
"We could see a faint outline, faint orange outline," Charisma Tandy told us. 
"I didn't expect it to be an orange color but it was actually really pretty so that was really fun to see," says Thanvee Paga. 

A large crowd also gathered in the auditorium of the library as questions about the eclipse were being answered and NASA's live feed was being streamed. 

The library tells KWWL more the 1600 people came through their doors between 9 a.m. and noon today. 

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