You've Folded Over 2,000 Cranes!
With the help of library patrons of all ages and backgrounds, our 1000 paper cranes (senbazuru) project has taken flight! The response to this project has been wonderfully positive, with over 2000 cranes folded so far.
Our most heartfelt thanks go out to all the origami clubs, schools, and people who have learned this new skill just to help us with this project as a way to wish the people of Japan health and a fast recovery.
More Cranes Are Welcome
We will continue to collect cranes to add to our collection, so please feel free to continue folding and bring them in, or volunteer to string them at your branch. Also, our senbazurus will be touring the different branches soon, so keep an eye out for this exciting announcement!
The patrons of the San Mateo County Libraries aren't not the only ones who are folding cranes and sending well wishes to Japan! Across the country and across the world there are organizations that are helping in all different ways.
A parent at one of our local elementary schools let us know about the partnership between Students Rebuild and DoSomething.org. They are collecting 100,000 cranes and, with the aid of the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 per crane to Architects for Humanity. If you haven't heard of them before, they are a pro bono organization that has helped communities around the world rebuild after disasters like the one in Japan. You can find out more about their founding, history, and projects by checking out Design Like You Give A Damn from your local branch.
Your Cranes are Helping in Many Ways
We will be donating a box of cranes from our system's collection to contribute to this wonderful project. If you are interested in donating to this organization directly or learning about them online, please visit Architects for Humanity.
We would like to recognize all the organizations that helped contribute to this donation, so please make sure your local branch librarian has your information so that we can make you a certificate to express our gratitude!
I would also like to mention a special project on Facebook by Emily Co, called JustOneCrane. She is asking for people to upload pictures of cranes and a message to Japan on her site here.
We're so happy to spread the word about Emily's project through the library website, since, as she says, "the more people and groups we can get involved the stronger our chances of our success making a difference where it is needed most." Thank you, Emily!!! Keep an eye out for the pictures shared by our library staff and patrons!
I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the inspiring show of support our local communities have brought to people in need. Each day that we show how much we care for the well-being of others, it makes the world a better place for everyone. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but this is just one example to help us all remember that there is hope and the promise of better things to come.
Michelle K. is a Librarian at the Brisbane Library. You inspire her and fill her heart with hope and joy.