We are pleased to introduce, Josefina, the latest American Girl Historic Doll to be added to Green Tree Public Library’s collection. This wonderful edition to our American Girl Historic Doll collection brings out total number of dolls to six and we are so excited that she is joining us this summer.
Josefina Montoya is growing up in New Mexico before it was even a state–in 1824! In fact, in 1824 New Mexico was still under Mexican rule and Josefina and her family speak Spanish instead of English. Josefina’s mother died she was just eight years-old so now she and her older sisters live with just her dad in on a ranch just outside of Sante Fe.
Josefina misses her mother terribly and often feels lost and alone without her, but she’s a patient girl with a loving family. She adores nature and can often be found collecting things that remind her of her mother to put into her memory box. Though Josefina doesn’t think she’s a brave person (she’s scared of lightning, guns, snakes, and more) she’s often the one who breaks up the fights her older sisters can have by telling jokes of being silly.
But despite the hardships Josefina and her family may face, this American Girl is always trying to see the positive side of things. Being the youngest in the family, Josefina often tries to prove just how grown and competent she is but she’s always careful and polite. Josefina can sometimes be stubborn but she has her sights set on dreams and accomplishments and is filled with the energy to achieve them.
Josefina, her book, a journal and other accessories are 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 Josefina home with you?
Anyone with a valid library card can take Josefina home for one week at a time. Josefina may not be renewed and she must be picked up at and returned to Green Tree Public Library. If Josefina is already home with another library friend, we will be happy to place a hold on Josefina for you. You’ll then be notified when Josefina is ready for her trip to your house! Caregivers will need to sign an agreement form when Josefina goes home with you!
What can I do with Josefina at my house?
Lots of things! Josefina 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 Josefina home, you’ll also get a special notebook so that you can share your adventures with Josefina to everyone who takes her home! Write about how much you liked playing her, your thoughts about her book, or draw a picture of Josefina and you together! When you write in the journal, you’ll be sharing you experience with all of the other children who will take Josefina 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 Josefina and want to learn more about her life in the days when New Mexico was not a state, we have her other books at the library for you to take home to read and enjoy.
What happens if I return Josefina late?
Josefina can stay at your house for one week. When she is returned late, you will be charged 50 cents per day. If Josefina 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 Josefina 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 six American Girl Historic Dolls: Molly, Julie, Kit, Caroline, Maryellen, and now Josefina! 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!
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 and Pittsburgh while you’re having fun too!
Due to generous donations from the Green Tree Woman’s Civic Club and Allegheny County Library Association, we will continue to add dolls to our collection. If you are interested in donating funds needed for carrying cases, maintenance, and administrative costs, as well as ensuring a wide diversity of new dolls, please contact our Assistant Direction, Shannon Barron.