A Saint Mary's College student is turning her passion for American Girl dolls into a reading program for local kids. It not only highlights the dolls, but provides a learning experience too.
Junior Eilis Wasserman is a communication studies major with minors in English writing and American history. This spring, she's putting on a program at two St. Joseph County library branches. It's called the American Girl Club and it will meet once a month at the Francis and Centre branches.
Each session, for girls (grades 3-5), will look at the story of one of the historical character dolls and discuss the time period in which her story is set.
At the first meeting, club members will explore what life would have been like in the 1970s for historical character doll Julie Albright. Wasserman will read a passage from the Julie Albright book series and the girls will design key chains and learn some basic dance moves of the Hustle. Participants will each receive a mood ring to take home.
At the Francis Branch, the program is scheduled to meet from 4-5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month through May, with the exception of March when the club meets the second Tuesday.
At the Centre Branch, the program is scheduled to meet from 4-5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month through May, with the exception of March when the club meets the second Thursday.
Parents and guardians may sign up girls to attend either session by going here and clicking on the corresponding date. The phone number to the Centre Branch is (574) 251-3700 and the number for the Francis Branch is (574) 282-4641. There is no cost for the club.
Wasserman says she came up with the idea for the American Girl Club over the summer. She's not getting any school credit for it. She's doing it just for the love American history and American Girl dolls.