Go FigureGo Figure! Comes To BPL April 25, 2002

Go Figure! - a national traveling exhibit organized by Minnesota Children's Museum and the American Library Association opens at the Birmingham Public Library on April 25, 2002. The exhibit introduces early math concepts such as sorting and measuring through kid-sized environments inspired by familiar children's books. The library is offering free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibit. Call the Youth Department at 226-3655 for details.

Go Figure! is designed to bring the exciting world of math and its everyday uses to children two to seven years old and their parents and caregivers. Go Figure! transforms wonderful children's books into a kid-sized world where children and adults can have fun exploring math surrounded by familiar characters such as Arthur the Aardvark and the Three Bears. The exhibit consists of five large scale books including the following titles 1) The Lost Button - A Frog and Toad Story by Arnold Lobel, 2) The Quilt by Ann Jonas, 3) Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown, 4) The Three Bears by James Marshall and 5) The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. Each book includes a math-related activity such as measuring, weighing, or sorting, along with labels to guide parents. A free brochure for parents and caregivers contains helpful information on fun-filled and age-appropriate ways of helping children recognize and use math concepts such as patterns and shapes, counting, and estimating in their everyday lives. The brochure also suggests children's books that help reinforce specific math activities.

Birmingham Public Library is one of 75 libraries in the United States selected to host the traveling exhibit. The American Library Association Public Programs Office and Association for Library Service to Children collaborated with the Minnesota Children's Museum in producing Go Figure! The National Science Foundation, Cargill and 3M provided major funding for the exhibit.