On March 14, many will celebrate National Pi Day in honor of the mathematical formula used to determine the area of a circle. Friends of the Reedsburg Public Library will mark the day by selling pi(e) with an “e,” the homemade circular type of treat filled with fruit, creams or other delectable fillings. The Friends annual pie sale will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Room.
Physicist Larry Shaw inaugurated the first large scale celebration of Pi Day in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The day was chosen since the significant digits in the numerical representation of March 14 (3.14) are the same as that which the Greek letter “pi” designates in the mathematical formula. Since then the United States House of Representatives has passed a nonbinding resolution naming March 14 National Pi Day.
At Reedsburg Public Library, “pie day” may also be said to be a “formula” for success, in terms or community involvement, participation and financial benefits for the library. Since 2015, funds from the Friends Annual Pie Sale have been used to supplement the regular budget in order to provide the library with the “extras” that keep it on the forefront of developing technology and trends. Friends’ money has been used to purchase the “AWE” educational learning station in the Children’s section of the library, a starter collection of Launchpads (tablets preloaded with educational games) as well as a new projection system for the Community Room.
In keeping with mathematical “pi’s” significant digits, Friends pies will be sold for $3 per slice, or $14 per pie. Traditional favorites such as fruit and cream pies, as well as cheesecakes will be available, along with this year’s addition of “savory” pies, including quiches. If you would like to make a pie for the sale, pie tins are available for pick up at the library’s front desk. This year, those donating a pie to the sale will have the opportunity to put their name in for a drawing for a beautiful homemade decorative quilt.
If you are simply interested in eating a delicious piece of homemade pie, be sure to arrive at the library soon after the sale begins. Pies are available only as long as supplies last. For more information, call the Library at 768-READ (7323)