Category Archives: For Fun

Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day from all of us at the Bartlett Public Library! We celebrate today as Pi day since the pidate, March 14th, is the same as the first three digits of π (3.14).

You can learn more about the mathematical concept of Pi in Why Pi? by Johnny Ball, in our juvenile nonfiction section at j530.8 BALL.

You can celebrate Pi Day with challenges from NASA scientists and engineers as part of their Pi Day Challenge! Good luck!

February 26th: Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on February 26th that encourages people to listen to, read, and tell their favorite fairy tales from around the world. We love the classics but it is also fun to check out some of the interesting and quirky re-telling of fairy tales such as:

Grounded by Megan Morrison (Juvenile Fiction, J MORRISON)  Rapunzel believes she is the luckiest person in Tyme, because Witch tells her so, but when Jack climbs into her tower to steal an enchanted rose, he hints that Witch is not telling the whole truth and Rapunzel, driven by her anger and fear, descends to the ground for the first time.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Juvenile Fiction, J COLFER) Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

Do you have a favorite fairy tale?

This Day in History – January 7th

Two hundred and twenty eight years ago, on this day in 1789, the United States held it’s first ever presidential election. George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30th, 1789.

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(George Washington Portrait from the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – Austrian National Library)

History.com has more information about the first presidential election including this description:

As it did in 1789, the United States still uses the Electoral College system, established by the U.S. Constitution …. The president and vice president are the only elected federal officials chosen by the Electoral College instead of by direct popular vote.

Curious to learn more about the electoral college? CLICK HERE to see what books we have about the election process  in the United States.

Word-count Wednesday #5

Hello fellow writers!

This is it! The final Word-count Wednesday! Can you believe that Nanowrimo is almost over? If you reach 50,000 words by midnight be sure to validate your word count. The validator might become a little slow in the last hour so try not to wait until last minute.

Early this morning I crossed the finish line, the official final word count was 50,132 words! This is slightly more words than Microsoft Word said I had, so be sure to keep in mind that the validator might not match whatever program you are writing in.nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_winner

I hope you have crossed the finish line along with me, or will in the next few hours but if not you should still be proud of what you’ve accomplished. You have more of your novel written than you did at the beginning of the month whether you wrote 100 words, a thousand words or more. This isn’t the end of all the writing fun either, you can check out the forums for things to keep you busy in ‘Life After Nano’ and you can make a promise to revise and edit your story. This isn’t the end, this is just the beginning! Also, if you’re interested in trying to publish your novel the library has lots of books to help with editing and publishing!

National Square Dance Day

November 29th is National Square Dance Day, a great day to get out and do-si-do! Did you know that square dancing is also the state dance of Illinois?

In 1990, Governor Thompson signed a law that named Square Dancing, the official American folk dance of Illinois. Square dancing gained a lot of popularity in the United States but it has roots that reach back to Europe in the 15th century. You can learn more about square dancing here or check out our books related to square dancing.

Word-count Wednesday #4

Hello fellow writers!

The target word count for today, November 23th is 38,333 words. For once I am a little bit ahead of schedule at 38,910 words, it is part of my plan to enjoy Thanksgiving. Since my family celebrates the holiday, I have tried to build in a little buffer to the word-count. The only time I will have to write tomorrow is after I’ve cleaned the house but before all of the guests arrive. I recommend not worrying about your word-count tomorrow, if you have time to write congratulations, you rock! If not, that’s okay there is still time to catch up.

If you’re somehow already at 50,000 words or you get there this weekend then don’t forget to validate your word-count! You just paste the text of your novel into the validator on the website, and if you have 50,000 words you’ll win! You get access to some snazzy offers by companies that promote Nanowrimo and a nice winner’s certificate. Be aware that the word-count validator on the website will not quite match whatever your writing program is (Word, Pages, etc.), sometimes you will have more words than you thought and sometimes less so be prepared.

This week let’s get some advice from James Patterson to help get us through to the end:

Get into a writing routine. Think it’s hard to write every day during NaNo? Most professional writers keep this kind of pace all year round. Holidays, birthdays, vacations—you name it, we’re writing. The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice. Every. Single. Day. Again. And. Again.

Don’t stress. I don’t mean to undermine the above, but remember this is one month, not your entire writing career. Try hard, learn from it, and if you don’t get to 50,000 words, figure out what you did wrong so you can get there next time.” (James Patterson 2013 Pep Talk)

There’s just one more week to go! We can do it!