Meet Caroline! Caroline is the newest addition to Green Tree Public Library’s growing Ameircan Girl Historic Doll Collection. Caroline joins Molly, Kit and Julie as dolls that can be checked out, reserved, and taken home to be played with!
Caroline Abbott is an American Girl who was born in a log cabin in Sacket’s Harbor, New York. Growing up amidst the War of 1812, Caroline is a girl who loves the outdoors and dreams of being the captain of her own ship one day. She’s sweet, clever, and not afraid to put her courage to the test. A self-described tomboy in a pink dress, Caroline is a grew that defies odds and is never afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what is right.
Recently, The American Girl company retired Caroline so she is no longer available for purchase (just like our Molly doll). Thankfully you can still read her story and be inspired by her bravery through her kit available at Green Tree Public Library.
Caroline, 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 Caroline home with you?
Anyone with a valid library card can take Caroline home for one week at a time. Caroline may not be renewed and she must be picked up and returned at Green Tree Public Library. If Caroline is already home with another library friend, we will be happy to place a hold on Caroline for you. You’ll then be notified when Caroline is ready for her trip to your house! Caregivers will need to sign an agreement form when Caroline goes home with you!
What can I do with Caroline at my house?
Lots of things! Caroline will come with a book, a bed, a brush, and information about Pittsburgh during the War of 1812. She really wants you to read her book, play with her, and write about your adventures together in her special journal! When you take Caroline home, you’ll also get a special notebook so that you can share your adventures with Caroline to everyone who takes her home! Write about how much you liked playing her, your thoughts about her book, or draw a picture of Caroline 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 Caroline 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 Caroline and want to learn more about her life during the War of 1812, we have Kit books at the library for you to take home to read and enjoy.
What happens if I return Caroline late?
Caroline can stay at your house for one week. When she is returned late, you will be charged 50 cents per day. If Caroline 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 Caroline 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 four American Girl Historic Dolls: Molly, Julie, Kit, and now Caroline! 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.