Meet Kit! The latest addition to Green Tree Public Library’s growing American Girl Historic Doll Collection. Kit joins Julie and Molly and starting in May, all three dolls can now be reserved, checked out, and taken home with you to enjoy!
Kit Kittredge is an American Girl who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1930s during the Great Depression. When Kit’s father lost his job her family took in boarders to stay in their home and found creative ways to make money like raising chickens in their backyard. Kit’s a baseball fan who loves to read and is super crafty!
Kit’s story is told in a book that also goes home with the doll and 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 Kit home with you?
Anyone with a valid library card can take Kit home for one week at a time. Kit may not be renewed and she must be picked up and returned at Green Tree Public Library. If Kit is already home with another library friend, we will be happy to place a hold on Kit for you. You’ll then be notified when Kit is ready for her trip to your house! Caregivers will need to sign an agreement form when Kit goes home with you!
What can I do with Kit at my house?
Lots of things! Kit will come with a book, a bed, a brush, and information about Pittsburgh in the 1930s. She really wants you to read her book, play with her, and write about your adventures together in her special journal! When you take Kit home, you’ll also get a special notebook so that you can share your adventures with Kit to everyone who takes her home! Write about how much you liked playing her, your thoughts about her book, or draw a picture of Kit and you together! When you write in the journal, you’ll be sharing you experience with Kit with all of the other children who will take Kit 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 Kit and want to learn more about her life in the 1930s, we have Kit books at the library for you to take home to read and enjoy.
What happens if I return Kit late?
Kit can stay at your house for one week. When she is returned late, you will be charged 50 cents per day. If Kit 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 Kit 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 three American Girl Historic Dolls: Molly, Julie, and now Kit! Each of these dolls are now available for you to put on hold and take home with you. Previously Julie was only available for in-library use only, but we had so many requests to take her home that we couldn’t say no to all of those sleepovers! 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 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.