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Hudson Library column: American Girl Doll Club

At the Hudson Area Library, we’re launching a five-session American Girl Doll club this fall for fans. Girls don’t have to own an official American Girl Doll to participate. They can be fans of any doll or even stuffed animals. Everyone is welcome.

American Girl Dolls were launched by Pleasant Rowland, a Wisconsin native. She wanted to create dolls that were counterparts to girls—dolls girls would play with as friends. She wisely calculated that many girls didn’t want to play “mommy” with baby dolls, and that parents might want an alternative to the adult Barbie.

The company also is known for its line of dolls from certain time periods in American history. Dolls are sold with books featuring dolls’ points of view in stories. The store sells doll clothes with matching outfits for girls, furniture and other doll accessories.

Our program begins in October and runs through February. Girls sign up once for the entire program. The schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m.: We’ll make cute no-sew clothes for dolls. Club members will get a new copy of “Tenney Shares the Stage,” which will be the focus of the November session. Tenney, a new doll, has a fun story. She’s a singer-songwriter in Nashville.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6-7 p.m. We’ll have a book club and talk about “Tenney Shares the Stage.” The session will include an activity and themed snack.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. We’ll have a cooking program where we’ll make food from three of the dolls’ stories: Kia, Rebecca and Josefina. Due to space restrictions in our kitchen, the club will be split into two groups meeting on separate days for the cooking program.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6-7:30 p.m. We’ll make doll furniture. All supplies will be provided. Note this session is 90 minutes to accommodate the extra time some girls might need to complete their furniture.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’ll make a snack in the kitchen and then watch an American Girl Doll movie.

For all the details be sure to check out our website,, or call the library at 715-386-3101.

Upcoming events

Introduction to 3D Printing, Thursday, July 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. In the library’s i-Lab.

Construction Club, Thursday, July 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Legos, K’Nex, and more. Grades 3-6.

Echo the Mermaid, Saturday, July 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Echo tells the story about her trip in the St. Croix River. Part of the St. Croix Riverfest schedule of events. A whole family event!

Young Writer’s Workshop, Monday, July 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Grades 5-12.

Minnesota Raptor Center, Tuesday, July 24, 1-2 p.m. Featuring American Bald Eagles. Part of our Book Your Summer reading program. An all ages, whole family event!

Reading With Teachers from Willow River Elementary, Wednesday, July 25, 1-2 p.m. Teachers read with students and friends. Grades K-3.

Teen Art – Illuminated Manuscript, Wednesday, July 25, 4-5 p.m. Make your own illuminated manuscript. Grades 5-12. No registration required.

Teen Chef – Cooking Thru the Book, Thursday, July 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Learn recipes inspired by books. This month we’ll make treacle tart. Grades 6-12. Register online or at the front desk.

Fourth Friday Film, Friday, July 27, 3:45-6 p.m. “Sherlock Gnomes” (PG). We’ll provide the popcorn. All welcome! Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Babies Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.

Book Club for Boys, Wednesday, July 25, 1-2 p.m. “Jack and the Geniuses at the Bottom of the World,” by Bill Nye. Register and get a copy of the book at the children’s desk.

iLABS: Open Lab Time: Monday,- Thursday noon to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tech Help: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday 4-5 p.m. (except July 24)

For all event details please visit our website,, or call the Library at 715-386-3101. See you at the Library!

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