1000 Paper Cranes for Japan
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
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.