The Kirkland Town Library American Girl® Collection is a collaborative effort involving the Kirkland Town Library, the Clinton Historical Society, the Clinton Courier and the Kirkland Art Center. Our goal is to provide our community with a unique way to explore historical periods.Each doll circulates with, among other things, a booklet depicting life in Clinton during the doll’s era. So when a patron borrows a doll, they also borrow a piece of local history too! Each doll can be checked out for one week.
Sponsored by Barbara Owens/Hunt Real Estate
Sponsored by Hamilton College
Sponsored by The Friends of The Kirkland Town Library
Sponsored by 8 Fresh
Sponsored by Schooltown Questers #100
Sponsored by The Village Crossing
Sponsored by The Clinton Florist
Sponsored by Clinton Teachers Association
Sponsored by Krizia Martin
Thank you to the Friends of the Kirkland Town Library, the Clinton Teacher’s Association, Hamilton College, Schooltown Questers Chapter #100, The Clinton Florist, Barbara Owens/ Hunt Real Estate, The Village Crossing, 8 Fresh, and Krizia Martin for their sponsorship of a doll. Please contact the library if you are interested in supporting this program which brings reading, writing, local history and creativity together.
American Girl® Collection FAQ
Where can I borrow a doll?
The dolls are available for checkout at the Kirkland Town Library only. If the doll you would like is checked out, you can place your name on a request list and we will call you when it’s your turn. At this time, only patrons of the Kirkland Town Library can sign up to take a doll home, holds cannot be placed on the dolls and they cannot be sent to other libraries. A doll may only be checked out by an a patron 18 years or older
Can I check out more than one doll at a time?
No. The collection is not yet large enough for more than one doll to go home with a single family, or to a single household. We hope to increase the size of the collection to be able to allow more lending flexibility.
What is the borrowing period?
One week (7 days) with no renewals
Are there overdue fines for late returns?
Yes, late fee charges will be applied for overdue returns. In addition, the full cost of the dolls, traveling case and accessories will be charged for lost or damaged dolls.
Where do I return my doll?
Dolls must be returned to the Kirkland Town Library’s Checkout/Circulation desk. Please do not return the dolls in the Book Return.
What comes in an American Girl® Doll Kit?
Each kit includes:
o 1 doll
o Set of doll clothes
o A doll’s brush
o The first book about the character
o A guide depicting life in Clinton during the doll’s era
o A journal to record the doll’s ongoing adventures
o Folding bed with pillow and blanket
o Carrying case
o A tag listing contents and use guidelines
How do I care for a doll?
Gently brush and style your doll’s hair with the provided doll’s brush.
Please do not:
Cut or shampoo or color the doll’s hair (it can get frizzy and damaged).
Wash the doll or her clothes.
Mend her clothes or the doll.
Cleaning the dolls will be done by volunteers upon their return to the library.
Why a journal?
We hope that you will write a paragraph/draw a picture about the doll’s stay with you. Please use a half page of the journal and date your entry. It will become a book about our dolls adventures.
How is the program funded?
The American Girl® Doll Collection is made possible through the work of a volunteer committee. Thank you to Hamilton College, the Friends of the Library, Clinton Teachers Association and Schooltown Questers, Chapter 100 for their sponsorship of an individual doll.
We welcome donations of any amount for ongoing maintenance, purchase of related materials and programming support. A donation form is available at the library. Please designate any gifts to the KTL American Girl® Doll Collection.
We also welcome donations of like-new or used-but-in-good-condition American Girl® Dolls, including the historic characters that can no longer be purchased. Dolls received become property of the Kirkland Town Library.
All donations are tax deductible!
Contact the Kirkland Town Library at 315-853-2038 for more information.