This community wide event is based on the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 cranes for hope, healing and for making wishes come true.
“Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts.” quoted from https://www.japanesesalon.nl/2016/09/11/meaning-of-the-origami-crane/ .
What better time to fold 1000 cranes, after experiencing the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to collectively hope for healing and the prospect of returning to a “new normal”. We hope you will join us, by learning how to fold cranes, or simply by coming into the library to watch our collection of cranes grow, as our community begins to heal.
If you would like to participate, click here for instructions on how to fold cranes, and click here for instructions on how to string them together in groups of 10. Origami paper is available at the library (while supplies last). Once strung, bring your cranes into the library, to be on display through June. Cranes will be accepted at the library any time between now and May 15th.