Sunday, October 23, 2016

*Reader Photos* Meet Up AGP Orlando

Meet up was a bust! The clerk said it was more packed than Black Friday! It was insane. It took 20 minutes of driving in circles to find a parking spot. We waited a further 20 minutes inside the entry, but didn't see anyone looking for someone (us) so we shopped.

There is no mall entrance/exit in Orlando. I've not seen this before.
I'm sending along two photos. One is the camper display. This makes the third one I've "fixed" by raising the stove unit. I also told Nashville about how it raised (theirs is in a case) - corporate hadn't told any of them. Crazy!

So if we missed anyone, we're sorry!

Maryellen's Retro Look

Doing a little mix and match with Maryellen.

Top and shorts from OG skateboard outfit.

OG retro Hip to be Square sweater.

Bow from OG retro Spot of Fun.

Sneakers are Hobby Lobby or Sophia's.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

*DISCUSSION* AG Doll Lending Programs - Yes or No

 Library Lending 

When my daughter was in kindergarten the children each had an opportunity to take Corduroy the Bear home for one weekend. My daughter always waited every week with anticipation for her turn.  

When her name was selected, she proudly brought Corduroy home and cared for him all weekend long. 

Was she sad on Monday morning when she had to return him? Of course! However she knew other children were eagerly waiting their turn just like she had.

Arlington Library
In several states on the east coast many libraries have adopted the doll lending program. Typically an Historical Doll is loaned out for one week along with her meet book and a journal to record all of the activities the child shared with the doll.

I attempted to implement a program like this at my local library. I was turned down on the basis of "anticipated theft". A lot of the AG books rarely are returned back to our four branch libraries either from damage, loss or theft. Since the dolls are $110, the library frowned on my urging the program. Also they have limited staff to monitor the program even with volunteers (like me). This is why I was so grateful and thrilled to host the Kirsten Event last summer. 

A lot of parents also voice concern for cleanliness of these dolls as they travel from house to house. While they raise a good point - lice, bed bugs, stains, etc. - the other side of this argument is that there are MANY buyers buying USED dolls on eBay, Craigslist, at yard sales and Goodwill. What is the "cleanliness" of these dolls?

The other valid argument is the cost. We all know these dolls are expensive and many patrons feel it is a waste of resources. However if the dolls have been DONATED there is no cost (except for their accompanying books) and what about the children whose families can not afford an American Girl doll? Wouldn't they love to have the opportunity to borrow one? 

For me, I think this boils down to MAKING MEMORIES. I am all for making wonderful memories throughout one's life, and if you have the opportunity to do that you should. If I could donate a gently used AG doll to my library where several children, who lack funds to own one, could enjoy the doll for a week, it's worth it!

I collect these dolls and I know how important my collection is to me. Every child - boy or girl - should have the opportunity to borrow Kaya, Felicity, Caroline, Josefina, Marie Grace, Cecile, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Rebecca, Kit, Molly and Julie. 

Can you imagine if YOUR library had one of EACH historical doll? That equals 13 weeks of AG books and play time.  

Her is a great article on such a program.

 I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

*REVIEW* OG Shoes Looking Lacy!

MELODY IS LOOKING FABULOUS IS THIS Target Our Generation Outfit from a while back. 

We got ride of the shoes it can with and replaced with our new shoes from OG, which Hope-Faith's Daddy got her today. The shoes are perfection in every way. Regular priced $6.99 on sale this week for $6.29. We rate them perfect 100% they were worth pleading with Daddy to pick-up. He of course said our dolls already have lots of shoes.

 Everyday is a good day with American Girl Doll Melody.