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.
Back in January we introduced you to Molly, an American Girl Historic Doll, that you can check out and take home with you! This month we are excited to introduce a doll that will be available for you to check out and play with inside the library–Julie!
Julie is an American Girl growing up in the fabulous 1970s in San Fransisco, California! She has a sunny disposition and an optimistic attitude that keep her going even when faced with troubles. She’s a true athlete who loves to play basketball…in fact, Julie has to play on the boys basketball team at her school!
How can you play with Julie in the library?
Anyone with a valid library card can check Julie out to play with inside the library. To play with Julie inside the library, you can visit the circulation desk and ask for her by name! Then, we’ll check Julie out on your library card and you’ll be able to play with her for one hour. Caregivers will need to sign an agreement form when you want to play with Julie too. If no one else is waiting to play with Julie, you can check with the circulation desk after your hour is over and they will renew your time with her for an additional hour.
What happens if someone is already playing with Julie?
If someone is playing with Julie when you want to play with Julie, please be respectful of their time with her. You can always ask to play with them and make a new friend, but we have plenty of other activities for you to enjoy at the library too. If you want to play with Julie and someone else already is, please visit the circulation desk and asked to be put on Julie’s waiting list. We will notify you when she becomes available. Julie is available for play on a first-come, first-serve basis and we will not be able to take requests for play in advance. In addition, Julie will not be available for play an hour before the start of a children’s program or an hour before closing.
What can I do with Julie inside the library?
Lots of things! Julie’s kit comes with a bed, a brush, extra clothes, shoes, and even a purse! She also comes with information about Pittsburgh in the 1970s so you can learn a little bit about the history of our amazing city. Before you return Julie, we encourage you to draw a picture of yourself and Julie, or write about her, in the her special journal that is also included in her kit! We’ll even give you crayons to kick start your creativity.
Of course when playing with Julie inside the library, you’ll have to take good care of her. Inside her kit will be a list of items that are included and it will be your responsibility to make sure all of the items are returned at the end of your hour.
Am I allowed to take Julie home with me?
Julie is an American Girl Historic Doll who will make her home inside the library. She will always stay inside the Green Tree Public Library and will always be available for you to play with on your visits. If you want to take a doll home with you, ask to be put on the hold list for Molly, our first American Girl Historic Doll that is exclusively reserved for at-home visits. You can borrow both Molly and Julie as many times as you would like.
Does Green Tree Public Library have Julie books?
We will be adding all of Julie’s books to our collection in the next few weeks. If we do not have a book on our shelf that you would like to read, please ask to order it from another library and we will notify you when the book comes in. We have a very extensive American Girl collection of books and hope that they will help spark an interest in history with young readers in our community.
What happens if I damage Julie?
We are positive you will take great care of Julie while playing with her inside the library. Any minor damages will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the children’s librarian. In the unfortunate circumstance that someone does not return Julie and her kit before they leave, we will consider her doll-napped and your library card will be charged $175.00. But we are positive that a doll-napping will not occur!
Will Green Tree have more American Girl historic dolls in the future?
Yes! Since Green Tree Public Library is part of an American Girl Collection pilot in Allegheny County, we will be receiving more dolls in the future. Some dolls with be allowed to go home with you and other dolls will stay inside the library. When we get a new doll, we will introduce you to her here on the blog! Currently we have Julie and Molly and we hope you enjoy them both.
We are super excited about having Julie at the library! And we can’t wait to hear all about her adventures with you!
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.