It seems there is a day for everything, and this week (yesterday) we celebrated “Pi Day”! Why is it called Pi Day? The date digits, 3/14, are also the first three digits of pi: 3.14. But why would we celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter?
Well, for one thing, the importance of pi has been recognized for at least 4000 years. The first calculation of pi was performed by Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. In 1706, a professor of mathematics named William Jones assigned the symbol “π” to the ratio, which is actually an infinite, non-repeating sequence of numbers.
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Prior to Jones, pi was long known as “the quantity which, when the diameter is multiplied by it, gives the circumference”. At the beginning of the 20th century, 500 digits of pi were known. Today, thanks to the miracle of computers, we now know more than the first six billion digits!
Library programs and more
Speaking of endless, the Peninsula Community Library has endless activities, materials, and smiles from friendly staff! I hope you’ll join us for one or all of these upcoming LIVE March programs in the library!
Logging. Writing down our thoughts on a regular basis can calm the mind. Adults can come anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. on March 21 to decorate a journal to take home. All supplies provided. Call the library, (231) 223-7700, to RSVP! (Look at the photo at the top of this story!)
911! Worried about not knowing what to do in an emergency? On March 24 at 6:30 p.m., Peninsula Township Paramedic/EMS Lt./Coordinator Kyle Sarber and his team will review emergencies, when to call 911, how to use an AED and more.
Book Worm Party. Staying home for spring break? Bring the kids on March 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for craft activities, from book making to games and snacks. Draw a picture of your favorite book for a chance to win a Lucky Jack’s gift card!
Books WITH the Boathouse. Our annual fundraiser takes place on April 12 and, once again, it will be on the go. Tickets are available at PCL only and are $150 for dinner for two including wine, or $170 to include a copy of our new coloring book, “Once Upon a Peninsula: A Collection of Stories and Drawings Recounting Childhood Memories” , narrated by our very own Tim Carroll. Meal pick-up will be from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the PCL parking lot. A silent auction will be held all week at the library. Let me know if you have anything to give!!!
The PCL Male Group meets at the library on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Barb Wunsch, a prominent farmer on the peninsula. I heard that a slice of Buddy’s pizza will be served during your meeting!
Chapter Chicks Book Club for students from 3rd to 5th meets on April 6th at 4 p.m. via Zoom, because our girls are spread out in so many schools! The book is ‘Wish’ by Barbara O’Connor and copies are available now from PCL for your special daughter/granddaughter/daughter to keep if she participates. Please let me know so I can send you the Zoom information. Themed activity bags can be picked up the previous week.
Check out our New Explorer bags for your kids! The colorful bags are filled with themed educational toys and books – from music and tent-making to dinosaurs, space, gardening and more! These were purchased with a generous grant from the Friends of PCL!
STEW HISTORY IN-PERSON SECOND AND FOURTH WEDNESDAYS AT 11 AM. BRING YOUR PRESCHOOLERS FOR STORIES, ACTIVITIES, SONGS AND MORE!
Our craft queens Dawn and Amber still offer these ever-popular craft bags. Stop by – bags for adults are usually available the 2nd week of the month and children the 1st and 3rd!
The local artists’ fair returns in September
Speaking of friends, thanks to President Becky Dykstra, the Artist Fair returns to the Library on September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be booths with a six foot table included. If you are interested in participating, please contact Becky at [email protected] for info and application. Places are first arrivals and are limited!
Friends are collecting books for their August sale! Bring in items the first and third Mondays of the month from 4-6 p.m. at the Carriage House. If you have a small bag or box, you can bring them to the circus office at any time! Please ensure that all items are in good condition – no magazines, religious books, medical books, school textbooks and no Reader’s Digest condensed books. DVDs, puzzles and games with all parts intact and in good condition are also welcome!
Math enthusiasts around the world love to celebrate Pi Day and its endless number. Interestingly enough, Pi is actually part of Egyptian mythology. The Egyptians believed that the pyramids of Giza were built according to the principles of pi. The vertical height of pyramids has the same relationship to the perimeter of their base as the relationship between the radius of a circle and its circumference. The pyramids are one of the seven wonders of the world.
Easy egg tart recipe
You can celebrate Pi Day with a pie! Don’t have time to run to the store for ingredients? Here is an easy recipe for a pie that I loved when I was a kid:
easy egg tart
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups of milk
1 9″ pie crust, purchased or homemade
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Mix the filling ingredients well. Pour into the crust. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake another 25-35 minutes until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown. Serve with whipped cream! Yum!