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Local Teen Origami Superstar Scott Stern

The first time I tried origami was in March at our Teen Summer Reading training at the spacious Penn Hills Library. I only made a peace crane, but it was still challenging.  Origami requires some seriously tricky creativity, all in the name of beauty. I respect things that are complicated and ultimately impractical, so I was psyched to hear from a colleague that a local high school student and member of the Origami Club of Pittsburgh, Scott Stern, had recently published a book of his own mind-blowing folds, entitled Outside the Box Origami.

If you take a look at the cover, you’ll see that the design in question is actually a box with two arms reaching out of it. Made of one sheet of paper!  It’s the most challenging design in the book, requiring at least 100 folds.

You can check out a video of Scott doing his origami thing in this Post-Gazette article, and please note that Scott began his illustrious career at the Origami Club meetings held at the Squirrel Hill Library!  You see, it pays to pay attention to our library events.

Check out some of the fun, amazing stuff you can make from Scott’s book by clicking on the link below (my favorite is the little skull):


Kudos, Scott!

If this has piqued your interest, keep your eye out for Teen Summer Reading Origami events.  I know I’m going to be having one at my library

– Tessa (CLP – East Liberty)

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