Reference librarian folds 1000 origami cranes

I am quite excited because I found another librarian who has folded 1000 origami cranes. (I’m sure that there are plenty of others out there, but sometimes the internet divulges them slowly).

As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, Brad Allard, a reference librarian, organized volunteers at the Clark County Public Library to fold 1000 origami cranes to send to the Hiroshima Peace Park. The final origami crane was folded July 29, 2019. This was perfect timing as their initial goal was to finish by August 1, 2019. They hoped to send the cranes in time for them to arrive for International World Peace Day, which is September 21, 2019. 

Brad Allard developed an interest in origami as an exchange student pursuing his graduate studies in Japan. When he returned to the United States, he began teaching others starting with his parents. “I’d always wanted to do a project like this since I started teaching origami to the adults.”

I completely understand what he means. I had wanted to start this blog or something like it for years. I can imagine how happy he and the volunteers are to have achieved their goal. They have sent the cranes flying off into the world. I suspect he’s already planning another origami crane project.


You can see a picture of the cranes here:

To see the Clark County Public Library:

Petke, Fred. “Library to send 1,000 origami cranes to Japan .” The Winchester Sun, August 6, 2019.

Maruskin, John. “What’s Happening at the Library: Thousand crane craze continues.” The Winchester Sun, July 1, 2019.


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