Millennial moms would probably agree that there were three standout toys from our childhood: Barbie, Nintendo and American Girl dolls. The latter has grown quite a bit since we were kids, but is still focused on the same goal since its launch in 1986. Kids, especially young girls, should have access to books with strong female characters—books that educate, entertain and inspire.
It was only natural after seeing a similar program in New York City that theBoca Raton Public Library decided to launch its own American Girl doll-lending program. Starting Sept. 21, library-card touting Boca residents can check out a doll for their child free-of-charge.
Six dolls will be available for checkout from the American Girl BeForever Collection: Kit, Caroline, Josefina, Rebecca, Kaya and Addy. Each doll comes with a carrying case, a coordinating book, a complete outfit (with matching accessories) and a journal for kids to write about their adventures in. Each doll can be checked out for one week at a time.
“We are beyond excited to offer something totally new and different from our library,” Amanda Liebl, BRPL Youth Programs Director said. “American Girl dolls can be expensive for families to purchase, and this provides a unique opportunity for them to borrow one for free. 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!”
This new collection will be available for checkout at the Downtown Library (400 NW 2nd Ave.) and the Spanish River Library (1501 NW Spanish River Blvd.)
Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.