As most of us know, Saturday will be Pi Day. And not just any Pi Day. This year, the date takes Pi to 4 digits: 3.1415! Hill Top will be celebrating, as always. And here are a couple of apps to get you ready for the celebration.
If you’re on an Apple device, check out Learn Pi Free. You can use this app to quiz yourself on how far out you can memorize Pi. It has a quiz mode and a test mode. There is a paid version, although I can’t see any difference in the description. My guess is that for $.99 there are no ads.
If you’re on an Android device, check out Pi (3.141159…). This free app will tell you some of the history of Pi, show you Pi to 1020 decimal places, and allow you to test your memorization skills.
There’s also some cool stuff going on at the Franklin Institute on Saturday. To start with, they are opening at 9.26AM (3.1415926). But then they have a whole line up of Pi(e) Adventures.
Arrrgh! Shiver me timbers, it’s that time of year again: Talk Like a Pirate Day!
This year’s pirate themed book is Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Essentially, it’s the prequel to Peter Pan. Peter, his friend Molly, and a group of boys known as “The Lost Boys” battle pirates to save the world from evil and protect “the greatest treasure on earth.”
So, my initials are actually ARG, so it’s only natural that I love Talk Like a Pirate Day! Plus, it’s a fun little diversion at the beginning of the school year. So, for today, here are a few websites providing information about pirates.
National Geographic has a great Pirate High Seas Adventure and information about the Whydah Pirates.
The Library of Congress has a paper on America’s experience with the Barbary Pirates.
Want to know about pirate women? The History Channel has that info for you.
And as much fun as it is to talk like a pirate, change our Facebook language to Pirate English, and watch Johnny Depp do battle on the high seas, real pirates are still out there and a serious issue. Time magazine has a photo essay about modern pirates.
There are plenty of pirate stories up here in the library. Come on up and I’ll point you in the right direction.