Monday, December 21, 2009

We've got over 1,000 cranes!

According to Japanese legend, if you fold a thousand origami cranes, a wish will be granted. At the beginning of November, the Broome County Public Library asked area youth to help fold 1,000 paper cranes as a wish of hope for our community. Seven weeks after the folding began, the cranes have been counted, and the total is over 1,200 origami cranes!

This project involved community members of all ages—from preschool children through adults. Two teens folded over 100 cranes each, adding their hard work to the display of cranes that now hangs in the library. As people young and old folded the cranes, they added to a collective wish for peace, safety, and prosperity for our community. As one young person wrote on her crane’s wings, “This is our cry. This is our prayer…peace in the world.”

Some of the cranes were folded in the library, but many were folded at area high schools, and some young people folded cranes at home and brought them to the library. Special thanks go to the Chenango Forks High School Library Club and the Vestal Senior High School Library Media Center staff, who folded cranes and inspired others to fold hundreds more!

The cranes will be on display in the library through the middle of January.

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