1000 Paper Cranes for Japan


Photo of paper cranes by gazpachodragonIn Japan, it is said that folding 1000 origami paper cranes makes a person’s wish come true.

Combined Effort

Participating San Mateo County Library branches are working together to make a Senbazuru (pictured here)--a display of 1000 cranes strung together and given as a gift for long life or recovery.

You can help your library send wishes of hope to Japan by learning to fold a paper crane and adding it to our Senbazuru!

Fold With Us

If you choose to fold at the library, ask your librarian for origami paper, instructions, or help finding a video tutorial online.

You are also welcome to bring in any paper cranes you make at home!

Learn How Online

For folding instructions, check out Origami Fun (it includes a video tutorial).

 . . .Or Using a Book about Origami!

Origami Activities: Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids by Michael G. LaFosse

Origami in Action : Paper Toys that Fly, Flap, Gobble, and Inflate! by Robert J. Lang

Classic Origami by P.D. Tuyen

Origami paper can be purchased at many craft and bookstores--or you can make your own by cutting scrap paper, candy wrappers, or magazine pages into squares. Any size will do!

Photo credit: gazpachodragon


Author Bio:

Michelle K. is a Librarian at the Brisbane Library. She is an origami lover and a proponent of the value of goodwill and positive thinking.

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