Franklin library to host party for children and their favorite doll

By: Brendan Losinski | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 27, 2017

 The Franklin Public Library is hosting an American Girl Party where children can come for an afternoon of fun with their friends and their favorite dolls. This year’s party will be holiday themed and will include making gingerbread houses, festive bookmarks and Christmas tree ornaments.

The Franklin Public Library is hosting an American Girl Party where children can come for an afternoon of fun with their friends and their favorite dolls. This year’s party will be holiday themed and will include making gingerbread houses, festive bookmarks and Christmas tree ornaments.

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FRANKLIN — The Franklin Public Library is hosting its American Girl Party just in time for the holiday season.

The party will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the library. It features a relaxed atmosphere where young children can bring their American Girl dolls — or any other dolls — for a fun afternoon.

“There’s a little party, and girls can bring an American Girl doll or any doll or stuffed animal,” explained Rebecca Gale, an assistant librarian. “We do this every year, and this year it will be a holiday party. They’ll be making gingerbread houses for the doll, a bookmark and a Christmas tree ornament.”

The program is organized by Library Director Teresa Natzke, who began the yearly program as a response to the popularity of the books that complement the American Girl doll series.

“I think my first American Girl Party was about 15 years ago,” said Natzke. “There is a whole series of books that go along with the American Girl dolls, so there has always been a strong reading component surrounding the dolls. I usually start the program off reading from an American Girl book.”

This year’s party will have a Christmas and holiday theme, but that is not the case every year. Natzke tries to ensure that there is a fun and interesting theme for the kids taking part.

“I have done Valentine’s Day and ‘Frozen’ themed parties, or focused on one particular doll, but often there is no specific theme except American Girl,” said Natzke. “The American Girl Party is always a good time for the kids. This time we are going to make doll-sized gingerbread houses, color your own bookmarks and a girl-sized ornament.”

Natzke also will read to the children and provide snacks.

“Pre-registration is required. There’s no cost, but people need to register as early as they can because it fills up fast. We will cut it off at 25 participants,” said Gale. “They can register by calling (248) 851-2254.”

Gale and Natzke both said it’s one of the best programs the library hosts each year. They think it would be a hit for any fan of the American Girl series.

“I’m taking my granddaughters to it. They are really into American Girl, and they saw the flyer in the library and they said, ‘Can we go to that?’ And I gave in,” laughed Gale. “I think it’s always one of the most popular children’s programs. They are always so fun. I think the dolls and the series are still very popular with children. They’ve always really enjoyed it. A lot of the same children sign up year after year after year.”