It was Christmas 2014 when our daughters, Monkey & Lil Tank, received their first American Girl dolls. Their aunt and uncle gave them the Itty Bitty Baby twin set. Monkey is more in love with her doll than Lil Tank. I'm sure Lil Tank will appreciate her mini me as she gets older. But Monkey enjoys taking walks with her doll, having tea parties and even wants her hair parted into two pigtails like her doll. So cute! They even had the opportunity to celebrate their birthday at the American Girl doll store in Miami.
We are so grateful to our relatives for gifting our daughters these dolls and their birthday surprise celebration. Anyone who has one or has a daughter pining for one knows the dolls are an investment. An investment some families simply can't afford. Now, these children can experience the wonder of the American Girl dolls just by visiting a South Florida library.
This week, the Boca Raton Public Library unveiled a new program where library patrons can borrow a doll in the American Girl BeForever Collection. How cool is that? The Boca library is one of only a handful of libraries around the country and among the first in Florida to offer this program.
Six dolls are available for checkout: Kit, Caroline, Josefina, Rebecca, Kaya and Addy. Three will stay at the Downtown Library while the other three will call the Spanish River Library home. Each doll comes with a carrying case, a coordinating book, a complete outfit with accessories, and a journal for kids to write about their adventures with the American Girl doll. We love that this program promotes literacy and imaginative play which we think is so important for kids our age.
"We are beyond excited to offer something totally new and different from our library. American Girl dolls can be expensive for families to purchase, and this provides a unique opportunity for them to borrow one for free,” notes Amanda Liebl, Youth Programs Director. “Not only can children take the doll home and read about her time in history, but they get to continue her adventures by writing about them in the journal provided. The more children who create memories with the doll, the more journal entries other children get to read. How fun it will be to start our very own Boca Raton story line for these American Girl dolls!"
Libel goes on to further explain why they brought this program to Boca Raton and answer that all important question: What happens if my child loses one of the dolls' accessories? The video below was originally shot and aired on Periscope.
The American Girl collection is available for checkout at the Downtown Library at 400 NW 2nd Avenue and the Spanish River Library at 1501 NW Spanish River Boulevard. Each doll can be checked out for one week at a time. They must be returned inside the library, not through the drop box. A valid Boca Raton Public Library card is required.
What do you think about this new library program?