π, the famous mathematical constant that comes in handy when dealing with circles (who could forget its greatest hit, πr2 ?), is 3.14 when rounded to two decimal places. And today being March 14 (3/14)… It’s PI DAY everybody!
Its one of those things that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Plus, since it sounds like pie it makes perfect sense that a lot of people celebrate by eating pie. But that’s totally not why we’re excited. Pie Math is important.
Okay. So it doesn’t have anything directly to do with libraries, but hey, any excuse to appreciate the universal principles of mathematics that support reality, right? And eat pie of course.
Portrait of Mary Shelley. (Photo: Culture Club/Getty Images)
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.” – Mary Shelley
Okay, so it might not be a real, recognized holiday, and yes, the big 200th anniversary was last year, but 201st is still pretty cool.
Mary Shelley published Frankenstein on March 11, 1818 and the worlds of literature, horror and story-telling haven’t been the same since. Few stories or characters have occupied the cultural imagination as long or as pervasively as Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstien and his monster.
How do you celebrate? You could…
Write your own story (gothic horror optional)
Read up on Mary Shelley
Read something else that features her famous monster (there’s a lot to choose from)
Stitch together your own unholy abomination and bring it to life with chemical cocktails, lightning and hubris
We’re not telling you what to do, but all but the last of those you can do at the library… and we wouldn’t really recommend the last one. It didn’t work out well for the good doctor.
That extra push you needed to start clearing all the winter debris from your house (otherwise known as spring cleaning) is here, even though it in no way resembles spring outside (yet, the blogger added hopefully). National RETURN BORROWED BOOKS week is the perfect time to gather up the books piled up around the house and return them to your friend, your father-in-law, your LIBRARY, wherever.
There is no time like the present!
So… You know… Gather ’em up. And if, in your gathering, you happen to find a whole bunch of books in your house that helped to get you through the winter but that you no longer need or want you can bring those to the library as well. Donations are always welcome!
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Moline Public Library is hosting an exhibit featuring 12 Quad City area heroines.
This touch-screen kiosk exhibit features oral histories of heroines in the arts, science, business, education and philanthropy.
Some of the women included in the exhibit include: Maggie Tinsman, a former Iowa state senator and community advocate; Zenaida Landeros, Executive Director of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Regina Tsosie, a Navajo activist; and Jan Masamoto, founder of JTM Concepts, who was detained with her family in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
This exhibit’s stories will be preserved in the Putnam’s collection, according to Christine Kastell, Curator of History and Anthropology. The exhibit will be at the library during the month of March.
10 BOOKISH VALENTINES FOR YOUR FAVORITE NON-FICTIONAL CHARACTER
Valentine’s Day is here, and whether you’re romantically involved or not, I think we can all agree that bookish Valentines make the best Valentines. Here are ten great cards and greetings (some downloadable for you procrastinators out there!) to give to your favorite non-fictional character. Or fictional character. We don’t judge.
The fourth Wednesday in January offers a unique opportunity for book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.
Some collectors of books tend to arrange their collections so their spines can be admired pleasantly. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However our books are organized on the shelf, on Library Shelfie Day, they are meant to be photographed and shared on social media.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Whether you have just a small library with a few select favorites or are a true bibliophile, on Library Shelfie Day, arrange your collection on a shelf and take a picture. Use #LibraryShelfieDay to share on social media.
The New York Public Library founded Library Shelfie Day as a way to observe various national holidays by displaying shelfies representing books from each day.