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Carthage Free Library offers science, American Girl Doll events over spring break


CARTHAGE — From dolls to animal tracks, the staff at Carthage Free Library has an event to appeal to everyone planned for spring break.

American Girl dolls will be the focus from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The company began in 1986 with a line of historical dolls including characters from pioneer times, the Victorian era and the World War II era. Since then, more modern characters have been added as well as a line of dolls for little ones. A book series and a magazine accompany the dolls.

Because of the popularity of the Mattel series of dolls and books, library Director Linda M. McCullough and volunteer Mary Harding created a program to celebrate American Girl dolls. The event will immerse children in history, allowing them to see how young girls lived, what they ate and how they played in “the old days.”

The library staff invites children to taste a “jelly flag” from Molly’s time in the 1940s or johnnycakes like those Felicity baked in colonial days. Attendees also can make a shadow puppet like Addy played with in the 1860s, or a yarn doll from Kirsten’s time on the frontier in the 1850s. Participants are invited to bring their own American Girl doll and have their picture taken for display on the library’s Facebook page. American Girl dolls will be on display.

Science Fun & Games Day is Thursday. Children in kindergarten to fifth grade can explore science from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Activities include fun with bubbles — making a bubble inside a bubble, making bubbles bounce and creating a bubble print. Participants also can explore nature through identifying animal tracks, taking a close-up look at feathers and owl droppings or creating a bird with adaptations to eat seeds or mice. Water experiments, volcano making and exploring outer space with the “Star Wars Science Fair Book” also are planned.

For information about programs, call the library at 493-2620 or visit its website,

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