There was a grant program to send glasses for the upcoming solar eclipse to libraries around the country (an article appeared in the Washington Post about this).
Unfortunately the Austin Public Library was not selected to receive any, but other nearby libraries have them. Here is the complete map of libraries that will get glasses.
Buda Public Library plans to give them away for free on August 21, the day of the eclipse, at their eclipse party. They won’t require library membership to claim a pair, but they will be given out starting on August 21 at 12 noon on first-come, first-served basis.
Round Rock Public Library also has free glasses to be given away to anyone (no library membership is required), but only at these two events:
Round Rock has a limited supply, which will be split between the two events. They will be first-come, first-served for each event, so that some glasses can be reserved for the day of the eclipse.
Solar Eclipse Afternoon at the the Howson Branch of the Austin Public Library on the day of the eclipse – Monday, August 21 – will teach people to make pinhole projectors to see the eclipse.
Pflugerville is also having a day-of event, with glasses available first come, first served.
You can also make your own solar eclipse glasses using this tutorial.
Here are the best places to see the 2017 eclipse.