We are pleased to introduce, Maryellen, the latest American Girl Historic Doll to be added to Green Tree Public Library’s collection. Not only is Maryellen the newest doll at our library, she’s also the newest American Girl doll in the world! Maryellen was just introduced to the American Girl family in at the end of September and thanks to a very generous donation from The Green Tree Woman’s Civic Club she now has a home at our library.
Maryellen Larkin is the 14th character in American Girl’s Historic BeForever Series. Maryellen, nicked named Ellie, is growing up in America in the 1950s. She’s a polio survivor with cold and sensitive lungs and one week leg. But that doesn’t stop her from wanting to stand out as her own individual! But despite her disabilities she’s a fast runner and excellent swimmer who also loves to roller skate. Maryellen is a bright, ambitious girl who is full of ideas. Very often her ideas draw attention to herself, sometimes with disastrous outcomes.
But through it all, Maryellen maintains a positive attitude and the desire to stand out as an individual. She’s used to hand-me-downs and often has to find a way to separate herself from her five siblings! Maryellen loves geography , watching her favorite television shows (Davy Crockett and The Lone Ranger), making art, and learning about rocket science and medicine! She’s an inventive girl with a vivid imagination and there is no one quite like her!
Maryellen, her book, a journal and other accessories is yours to borrow for one week. Pairing history with play, American Girl dolls aim to help foster a love of reading and curiosity about the past in young minds. Popular among young children for many years, American Girl is a name that stands for excellence, imagination, and learning. American Girl Historic dolls, their books, and lessons are aimed at children ages 8 and up.
How can you take Maryellen home with you?
Anyone with a valid library card can take Maryellen home for one week at a time. Maryellen may not be renewed and she must be picked up and returned at Green Tree Public Library. If Maryellen is already home with another library friend, we will be happy to place a hold on Maryellen for you. You’ll then be notified when Maryellen is ready for her trip to your house! Caregivers will need to sign an agreement form when Maryellen goes home with you!
What can I do with Maryellen at my house?
Lots of things! Maryellen will come with a book, a bed, a brush, and accessories! She really wants you to read her book, play with her, and write about your adventures together in her special journal! When you take Maryellen home, you’ll also get a special notebook so that you can share your adventures with Maryellen to everyone who takes her home! Write about how much you liked playing her, your thoughts about her book, or draw a picture of Maryellen and you together! When you write in the journal, you’ll be sharing you experience with Caroline with all of the other children who will take Maryellen home in the future! Just be sure to keep her away from water, take care of her belongings, and keep her clean.
And if you really like Maryellen and want to learn more about her life during the 1950s, we have her other books at the library for you to take home to read and enjoy.
What happens if I return Maryellen late?
Maryellen can stay at your house for one week. When she is returned late, you will be charged 50 cents per day. If Maryellen is damaged or her kit is lost, patrons will be charged $175. Any minor damages or lost materials will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the children’s librarian. But we are positive you’ll do a wonderful job of keeping Maryellen clean and safe at your house!
What other American Girl Historic Dolls are available at Green Tree Public Library?
Green Tree Public Library has a total of five American Girl Historic Dolls: Molly, Julie, Kit, Caroline and now Maryellen! Each of these dolls are now available for you to put on hold and take home with you. There is no limit to the number of times our American Girl Dolls can visit you at home, so even if you’ve already had a doll, when you return her you can ask to get on the waiting list again!
Since Green Tree Public Library is part of an American Girl Collection pilot in Allegheny County, we will be receiving additional dolls in the future. Any additional dolls the library adds to the collection will be able to be checked out and taken home with you too! We have big plans for this collection and are looking forward to growing it with you!
We are thrilled to be able to add to American Girl Collection and hope you’ll take one (or all) of these dolls home. Perhaps you’ll learn a bit more about American History, Pittsburgh while you’re having fun too!
Green Tree is proud to be a pilot library in this program with the Allegheny County Library Association. We welcome any donations of new or gently-used American Girl historical dolls, clothing and books to help build future kits. You can drop off any suitable material to our circulation desk. If you do not have a doll and are interested in donating, funding is needed for carrying cases, maintenance, and administrative costs, as well as ensuring a wide diversity of new dolls. Donations of any amount are accepted. To donate, you can make checks payable to “ACLA American Girl Collection” or you can make a donation online through the program’s Crowdrise site. You can also donate directly to Green Tree Public Library, just be sure to note the American Girl Collection on your donation.