March 14 is my favorite day of the month. It’s a holiday (of sorts) if you weren’t aware. A holiday that is more like an inside joke to those “in the know” like Star Wars day (May the Fourth). It’s a day to celebrate the irrational number of pi (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter).
Pi is a pretty amazing number when you think about it. While most of us remember the 3.14 part (hence, 3/14 being Pi Day), pi never ends and it never repeats itself. It is also pretty incredible that any circle, no matter what the size, will give you pi if you divide the circumference of the circle (distance around) by the diameter (distance across).
Even if math isn’t of particular interest to you, Pi Day can still be a lot of fun. First of all, you can’t celebrate Pi Day without pie, and who wouldn’t want to celebrate a holiday that involves pie? Secondly, just because pi is a mathematical ratio, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to make beautiful art.
Mathematical arts and crafts are how we will be celebrating here at the Main Library in Children’s Services on Pi Day. Join us anytime between 3:30 and 4:30 pm to make some mathematical art or a pi bracelet! We will even have some yummy pie to eat!