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Making American Girl History

Arlington Public Library introduces four new ambassadors to the worlds of literature, history and imagination.

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American Girl Dolls “Cécile Rey,” “Marie-Grace Gardner,” Molly McIntire” and “Julie Albright,” along with their books.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library (which funds all Library programs) and just in time for Women’s History Month, these four American Girl dolls will add an extra presence to stories of old and new in Arlington.

Meet the Author

Author Valerie Tripp  will discuss the creative process and the joys of writing the American Girl Books, on April 4 at the Cherrydale Branch Library. Ms. Tripp’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Feel free to bring your own copies.

Borrow an American Girl

Just like the American Girl books that have long captivated young Arlington library readers, the dolls themselves can be now be borrowed from the Library!

The Dolls can be:

  • Placed on hold, borrowed and taken home for one week
  • Picked-up and returned at the Youth Services desk at Central/Circulation Desk at each branch library

Each doll comes with a special travel pack that includes the book of her life story, set during a compelling time: 

Along with each girl’s first book, the doll kits also feature an exclusive guide created by the Library’s Virginia Room depicting life in Arlington during each doll’s era. And to tell future history, there’s a special journal to record and preserve each doll’s homebound adventures with new friends. The Virginia Room is also creating a historic display for the dolls at Central Library.

Meet the American Girl Dolls

Get to know these new Library ambassadors at three special debut parties featuring history-themed games, crafts, stories and more:



Learn more in the American Girl FAQ and about the American Girl Lending Program.



Comments (4)

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  1. Julie V. says:

    Interesting idea about lending American Girl dolls through the library. When I tried clicking on the “Learn More about the American Girl Lending Program” link, it doesn’t seem to take me anywhere. Where could I find additional information about how the lending program operates? For example, is there a Hold list? Also, can the dolls be picked up at any library or is it just at Central?

  2. [...] See Also: Arlington County, VA Library American Girl Doll Info Page [...]

  3. Margaret Moreland says:

    I love American doll

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