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At the Library with Chantelle Taylor

Along time ago in a galaxy far far away (well, in 1977), George Lucas gave the world Star Wars. This epic adventure has spawned 6 sequels, a holiday special, the movie merchandise phenomenon, too many remastered versions to actually buy, and some pretty serious fans of all ages.

Thirty-three years later, in 2010, Tom Angelberger released the equally awesome book The Strange Case of Origami Yoda based on the Star Wars franchise. In the Star Wars world Yoda is the Jedi master who teaches the protagonist Luke Skywalker how to use the force. In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, a really weird kid named Dwight, shows up at school with an origami Yoda puppet on his finger and proceeds to give advice to his classmates; advice that at first glance seems ridiculous, but in the end actually turns out to be pretty good advice.

Fluke, or actual wisdom from the Jedi master? 

In 2014 here in Amherst, the Cumberland Public Libraries is preparing for the Summer of 1,000 Origami Yodas. What on earth is the summer of 1,000 origami Yodas you ask? Starting June 1 all 7 libraries in Cumberland County will try to make 1000 origmai Yodas by the end of the summer. Why would we bother doing such a thing? It is based on the tradition in Japan of 1000 paper cranes. It is said that anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be blessed with good fortune or maybe have a wish come true. By folding 1000 origami Yodas maybe Cumberland County will be blessed with Jedi wisdom and a strong sense of the good side of the force.

The Summer of 1,000 Origami Yodas is not just for kids. If you are in one of our libraries this summer ask for instructions and paper at the desk and our library staff can get your started on an Emergency Five Fold Yoda, the easiest of the origami Yodas. If you are already an origami Jedi master you may want to try one of harder Yodas or Darth Paper or maybe Jabba the Puppet! Our Youth Services Librarian Jenn, will be traveling around the county hosting folding parties. Come in, have a snack, and fold some Yodas. We will be keeping track of our Yodas on Facebook, Twitter and the library’s website.

To check out the Origami Yoda series or any of our Star Wars related materials check out our website  And may The Force be with you.


Chantelle Taylor is the deputy chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.





















Organizations: Star Wars, Cumberland Public Libraries, Youth Services

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Amherst, Japan

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