Do the Math: Incorporating Math and Numbers into Library Programming

From Jeanette Larson:

Too many children and teens may feel they hate math because it just doesn’t seem important or useful to them. But exploring this subject–which includes everything from counting, comparing, and recognizing patterns to problem-solving and organizing data–through stories and literature can make the concepts relevant and fun.

Please join us on Nov. 16 when Wendy Lichtman, author of Do the Math: Secrets, Lies and Algebra (Greenwillow, 2007), will discuss how fiction can be used to help kids better understand how they use math in daily life – even in their social relationships.

In a Web-based seminar, Wendy will discuss activities including understanding mathematical poetry, composing secret math codes, and designing math-symbol tattoos that will engage young people in math-related projects that can be incorporated into library programming.

Wendy’s YA novel, Do the Math: Secrets, Lies and Algebra, is about an eighth-grade girl who uses math metaphors to help her navigate the interpersonal storms of middle school.

Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and other national publications. She often presents her ideas about math and literacy to groups of teachers as well as students and has recently spoken at the UCLA Summer Math Institute in Los Angeles, the Toyota Math and Science Program for Girls in Oakland, and the East Side Community High School in New York. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

Seminar Details At-A-Glance

Seminar: “Do the Math: Incorporating Math and Numbers into Library Programming”
Author Expert: Wendy Lichtman
Date: Nov. 16
Time: 11 a.m. Eastern Time [10 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. MT, 8 a.m. PT]

Format: This is a Web-based seminar. Registered participants will receive participation instructions, log-on information and a toll-free number to dial in for the audio portion of the seminar upon payment of the registration fee. Seminars run for one hour.

Cost: $50 per person; discounts are available for group registration. To Register: send name and contact information to: You may either email or call in your credit card information at 914-241-2117.