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Chicago "Library of Things" Offers American Girl Dolls

Libraries offering several American Girl dolls with books to checkout is not a new concept. However, one library in Chicago, Illinois, took an unique spin to this concept.


These libraries are called "Libraries of Things", which allow customers at several Chicago-area libraries to check out physical items. But the most popular items to check out are American Girl dolls - in fact, the library has 54 dolls!

"One of Fox River Valley’s most-frequently requested “things” might be a surprise to anyone who’s not an elementary school-age girl.

“Our most popular items are the American Girl Dolls,” said Kirstin Finneran, public relations and outreach manager. “We have 54 dolls, and they are available for checkout at the Dundee Library or the Randall Oaks Library.”"


If you are in the Chicago area, make sure to visit these two libraries to check out dolls!


Have you ever checked out an American Girl doll from the library?

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KirstenKitFan
KirstenKitFan
Jun 18, 2023

wowza! that's so neat! :D

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JustDolling
JustDolling
Jun 18, 2023

That’s cool! I’ve never heard of a library of things before! One of my local libraries has AG dolls you can borrow. I borrowed Molly and Nellie from them years ago, back when I was getting REALLY into AG and I didn’t have those 2 yet. The program has gotten HUGE since then.

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dollybee
dollybee
Jun 18, 2023

I wonder if they are able to purchase them too? like what happens if you lose or damage the doll like their books.. eh.

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PaisleySaigeAG
PaisleySaigeAG
Jun 18, 2023

I was not fortunate enough to have AG dolls availble to check out at my library as a kid, but my current library has a lot of "kits" to check out, things like sensory kits, games and puzzles, learnings kits, etc., but they also have 18 American Girl dolls that you can check out! They aren't on display or anything, so you just have to know they are available. They don't have any of the original historical dolls, except for for Addy, and they have all the GOTYs since Luciana, so I'm guessing it's a rather new program.

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