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Dozens of slices of pie were distributed Wednesday as Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna celebrated the community, and not mathematics.
The Friends of the Library distributed free pie and coffee to visitors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Volunteer Linda Hall said the event was in honor of National Pie Day, which she noted was established by the National Pie Council.
"We've often been asked, 'Why don't you do this in March,'" said Hall. The answer, she said, is that this is the "National Pie Day" and not "National Pi Day," held every March 14.
Besides that, when March rolls around, the Friends of the Library will be gearing up for their semi-annual book sale.
The library's sign alerted the public to the event, and library employees directed visitors to the library's conference room on the lower level.
Hall said a former library employee, Lisa Pyles, asked the library if they could sponsor the event. This is the fourth Pie Day the library has hosted.
"The coffee and pie are free," she said. "We do this because the community has been so good to us. They give us donations and support our book sales. This is our gift to you."
The library, in addition to lending books, audio and visual materials, also lends cake pans. However, pie plates are not among the items that can be borrowed from the library.
A long table at the library was covered with slices of numerous kinds of pie. Apple pie seemed to be the most popular, with several different kinds presented. There was also pecan pie, pumpkin pie, custard pie and chocolate pie. Book carts in a closet were covered with dozens of whole pies, which volunteers cut when needed. Friends of the library and library employees contributed the pies. Some were bought at a store, some were baked at a home, and one volunteer confessed that he bought a frozen pie, baked it at home, and brought it in. The still-warm apple pie was brought to the library in a Styrofoam box.
Hall said so far, the day had been slow, but predicted that more people would come to the library later in the day. As the lunch hour neared, more people started to trickle in.
And although the group has never measured how many slices it has distributed, Hall said this year, the group has a new plan to measure it.
"I bought 200 plates," she said. "When the day is over, we'll see how many are left, and then we'll know."
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257 slice of piece were enjoyed by the Ravenna community! thank you, volunteers and Friends of Reed Memorial Library!