Summer of 1000 Origami Yodas

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At the Library with Jenn Calder

People of Cumberland County: you are amazing! At the beginning of June, Cumberland Public Libraries asked you to help us fold 1,000 origami Yodas by the end of August. You not only reached this goal – you tripled it! Each library branch is filled with Yodas of every size, colour, and profession you can imagine (visit our Facebook page to see photos of Yoda as both a doctor and an opera singer!), made by people of all ages from Cumberland County and beyond. It is a program that surpassed every one of our expectations, and it was great fun to fold Yodas with you all summer!

We did not set out to gain anything by folding 1,000 Origami Yodas, except maybe some Jedi wisdom and a strong sense of the good side of the force. However, Tom Angleberger (the author of the Origami Yoda series) has been excitedly following our progress all summer via Twitter and announced that he will give the library a piece of original artwork from the books if we folded 3,000 Yodas! Although our final numbers are not available at the time of writing this article, we are confident that – thanks to you - we will pass the 3000 mark by the end of the month and the library will have piece of original Origami Yoda artwork to call our own!

If you have not read the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger, I highly recommend it. In the first book, sixth-grader Tommy becomes suspicious of the origami Yoda finger puppet worn by his weird classmate Dwight that is predicting events and giving good advice, as Dwight does not seem bright enough to do either of these things. So Tommy starts investigating and collecting testimony from his friends to determine if the Yoda is controlled by Dwight or by the Jedi force. Published to look like someone’s journal, these funny, illustrated middle grade novels are perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce, and Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell.

Did folding Yodas this summer make you curious about origami? The library also has several books that can teach you how to do many different paper folding crafts. If you’re new to origami, check out these three books by Didier Boursin: Easy Origami, Folding for Fun: Origami for Ages 4 and Up, and Origami for Everyone: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. If you’re feeling a little more advanced, you can learn how to fold a fleet of paper planes using the book Origami Paper Airplanes by Didier Boursin or an army of tanks with Fold Your Own Origami Army by Mark Bolitho. You can also bring imaginary creatures to life by following the instructions in Dragons, Witches, and Other Fantasy Creatures in Origami by Mario Adrados Netto and make yourself a paper pet using the book Origami Animals by David Mitchell.

For these books and more, check out your library. You can see what we have by visiting


Jenn Calder is the youth services librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.


Organizations: Cumberland Public Libraries, Origami for Ages 4, Own Origami Army

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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