(left to right) Seth Rhodes, age 6, children’s librarian Jayme Wells, Andrew Egbert, age 9, children’s librarian Jasmine Marchand and Shane Rhodes, age 9 stop for a photo before the kids get to pie the librarians in the face.
(left to right) Seth Rhodes, age 6, children’s librarian Jayme Wells, Andrew Egbert, age 9, children’s librarian Jasmine Marchand and Shane Rhodes, age 9 stop for a photo before the kids get to pie the librarians in the face.
March 14 is the annual day celebrated around the world for pi, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The date aligns with the beginning digits of pi, 3.14, and the digits of pi continue forever because it is an irrational number. 

The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to edge (measuring through the center) and the circumference is the distance around the circle. After measuring circular objects for thousands of years, it is known that a circle is a little more than three times its width around (3.14159…..).

Because Pi is a “constant number”, it will always be the same for any circle of any size. 

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point and the person who holds the Guinness record of most pi digits memorized is Rajveer Meena, who recited 70,000 digits while blindfolded on March 21, 2015. 

On March 13, the Humboldt County Library gathered to celebrate pi day, with memorization games, circle art exercises and a number memorization challenge, complete with pie eating and a couple of pies to the face of the children’s librarians. 

Famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was also born on March 14, 1879. 

This year at the library the highest participant in the pi reciting contest got to 41 numbers and two others who came in behind him also got to pie the children’s librarians with a pie tin full of whipped cream.