In March 2015, the Literacy Committee launched the American Girl® project in partnership with the Calcasieu Parish Library. Created on inspire lifelong reading practices and excitement around women in history, the dolls can be checked out from participating libraries by local children. The children can not only play with the doll, but document their adventures by way of a journal that accompanies each one. The American Girl dolls have been in constant rotation and on a waiting list since the program kicked off.
The League has also extended its partnership with the Calcasieu Parish Public Library system with the 2016-2017 literacy development program, “Read to Your Doll.” Started by the JLLC in April 2016, Read to Your Doll is a monthly program hosted by the League’s Literacy Committee at nearly every branch of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library system. The Literacy Committee begins each event by reading a story aloud, helps facilitate participating children’s individual doll reading time, offers light refreshments, and provides coloring sheets. League volunteers will also have several American Girl® dolls on hand at each event for children to read to if they wish.
Dates, times and library locations for the 2016-2017 Read to Your Doll program are as follows:
- Aug. 22 – 3:30 p.m.at Starks
- Sept. 26 – 5:30 p.m. at Moss Bluff
- Oct. 21 – 4 p.m at DeQuincy
- Nov. 8 – 3:30 p.m. at Carnegie Memorial
- Dec. 6 – 4 p.m. at Fontenot Memorial
- Jan. 18 – 3:30 p.m. at Iowa
- Feb. 10 – 4 p.m at DeQuincy
- March 28 – 6 p.m. at Central