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Friday, March 15, 2013

Is Your Library Lending American Girl Dolls Yet?

Four new ambassadors are arriving at Arlington Public Library

I saw Arlington Public Library's New Program -
it's simply brilliant!

Libraries are always struggling with creative ways to celebrate Women's History Month. Well this program cries "winner" on so many levels that I can't even begin to count them.

Arlington Public Library is introducing four new ambassadors to the worlds of literature, history and imagination…The American Girl Dolls. Is this perfect for a Women’s Month celebration or what?

They have put together a comprehensive launch - hosting the author Valerie Tripp and parties at different branches introducing the new ambassadors. They are allowing children to borrow the dolls and books - the lending period is one week. They have four dolls- a good beginning that I am sure they will end up expanding. Here’s how they explain it on their website.

“Along with each girl’s first book, the doll kits also feature an exclusive guide created by the Library’s Virginia Room depicting life in Arlington during each doll’s era. And to tell future history, there’s a special journal to record and preserve each doll’s homebound adventures with new friends. The Virginia Room is also creating a historic display for the dolls at Central Library.”

I love, love, love this idea. Is anyone else lending the dolls?

Imagine all the connections in the community- history, political, local businesses, families, aspiring writers, the list goes on and on. They have positioned this perfectly. 

Of course the best news is that children who may never had the chance to sit and read stories to an American Girl doll will have the opportunity.

I guarantee there will be a lot of happy children in Arlington thanks to the library.

1 comment:

~Kathy Dempsey said...

So funny you should post this, Nancy. A fan of my Libraries Are Essential Facebook page just shared a similar article with me a few days ago. New York Public Library is lending American Girl dolls too -- and The New York Times even wrote about it!

The doll lending program was even mentioned on the popular TV show Saturday Night Live! (link to the comedy clip is in the NYTimes story)