Children and their family members are invited to bring their favorite dolls and join in for a fun morning of games, crafts, door prizes, light refreshments, interesting items from the library’s collection, and the meeting of friends, old and new.
The theme of the party will focus on the newest American Girl: Nanea Mitchell from 1941 Hawaii. The library will have Hawaiian-themed food and beverages as well as music, crafts, and games.
Nanea is a native Hawaiian girl growing up during World War II in what was then a U.S. territory. “Nanea’s stories teach girls that kokua—doing good deeds and giving selflessly—sometimes require sacrifice,” American Girl writes on its site.
According to American Girl, the new dolls are a direct response to requests from parents and children for more diverse stories. "We do an enormous amount of research with girls and their parents,” Julie Parks, a spokesperson for American Girl, tells TODAY. “The one thing we’ve heard loud and clear is a desire for more — specifically more characters and stories from today — with more experiences, more diversity, and more interests."
Historical fiction, biographies, films, and other educational materials available through the library provide an entertaining approach to American history that engages young students. In addition to history, the books and materials highlight relevant social issues, provide advice on growing up, and emphasize essential themes such as family, friendship, and ethics.
For more information on Youth Services programming and offerings, please call the Laurens Public Library at 864-681-7323 or visit www.lcpl.org.