BERLIN – The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library successfully completed its Thousand Paper Cranes Project.
Over the summer, the library invited the community to join them in a town-wide project of making 1,000 origami paper cranes, following the Japanese legend in which a crane was thought to live for 1,000 years, thus being a symbol of health and good luck. By folding a thousand paper cranes on behalf of someone who is sick, it signifies care and concern for that person.
The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library project was connected to the worldwide struggles of recent months, which have made it even more important to share a collective wish for health, hope and peace.
The library asked participants of the project to donate their cranes for display at the library, keep them, or give them to others in the community. The library also provided origami kits and online tutorials and requested participants provide the number of cranes made and a photo, if possible. The Berlin community exceeded the original goal of 1,000, creating 1,420.
In July, the library sponsored popular storyteller Andrea Kamens to tell the true story of Sadako Sasaki folding 1,000 paper cranes, as well as other related tales. Sasaki (memorialized in the books “Sadako” and the “Thousand Paper Cranes and Sadako” by Eleanor Coerr) was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. She was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years later. Sadako spent her final days in the hospital folding cranes in the hope she would have her wish for healing granted, but died in 1955. After her death, her friends and classmates promised to create a monument in her honor, and this sparked a children’s peace moment, which lead to the origami crane becoming a symbol of peace.
People can visit the library, located at 234 Kensington Rd, Berlin, to view the original origami crane display by calling 860-828-7125 and scheduling a visit. The building capacity is limited due to current safety restrictions.