CATALOG QUICK SEARCH
 
 
SIMPLE SEARCH
ADVANCED SEARCH
Your Library Account
Renew Materials

Library Elf
JerseyCat

American Girl Doll Lending Program

 

New at the Heggan Library, check out an American Girl Doll! Choose from Addy, Samantha, Josefina, Kit, Kaya, Rebecca, MaryEllen, Melody, Logan, Julie or Courtney and bring them home for a week of fun.

Limited to adult Heggan Library cardholders only.

The American Girl Doll, Kaya.
1764

“Kaya is an adventurous Nez Perce girl whose deep love for horses and respect for nature nourish her spirit.”

Check if Kaya is Available to Borrow!

Kaya's Reading List

Fiction

Kaya riding a horse
JF AME
In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percé Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Percé Indians.

Kaya runs from something off screen, a horse raider I guess
JF AME
In the fall of 1764, after Kaya and her sister are kidnapped from their Nez Percé village by enemy horse raiders, she tries to find a way to escape back home. Includes historical notes on education and learning among the Nez Percé Indians.

Kaya sitting with some puppies with the parent dog behind her, seemingly totally cool with her holding said puppies
JF AME
Still grieving over the death of her friend, and missing her stolen horse and kidnapped younger sister, Kaya tries to earn the trust of a lone and starving dog who is about to have puppies. Includes historical notes on Nez Percé children.

Kaya rides on a horse away from a fire, not looking at said fire, which is totally boss
JF AME
While looking for Steps High, the horse that had been stolen from her, Kaya faces danger from a sudden mountain fire.

Kaya holding a pair of drums
JF AME
In 1764, Kaya greatly admires a courageous and kind young woman in her Nez Percé village and wants to be worthy of her respect.

Horses running through a field with Kaya superimposed in the background
JM AMERICAN
Kaya’s people tell a story about unusual silver stallions of long ago that had powerful medicine — a strong connection to the spirit world. Now Kaya’s blind sister, Speaking Rain, has dreamed of a stallion like none she’s ever met. Then the two girls come upon a silver stallion in the woods. Could he be a Ghost Wind Stallion of legend?

A photo of Kaya
JF AMERICAN
What if you suddenly found yourself in Kaya’s Nez Perce homeland in 1764? Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose as you select from a variety of options in this all-new multiple-ending story

A photo of Catharine Logan
JF DEA
A Quaker girl’s diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.

Non-Fiction

Kaya standing in front of Native American artifacts
J 970.3 AMERICAN
Photographs, illustrations, and anecdotes, both factual and fictional, describe a Nez Perce girl’s experiences growing up in the mid-eighteenth century.

A naval battle, one ship isn't doing too hot, ironically because it's on fire
J 973.2 MAE
Discusses the relations between the European colonists and the Native Americans, the disputes between settlers from France, England, and Spain, and the role these conflicts played in the history of North America.

The American Girl Doll, Josefina Montoya.
1824

“Josefina is a Hispanic girl whose heart and hopes are as big as the New Mexico sky.”

Check if Josefina’s is Available to Borrow!

Josefina's Reading List

Fiction

JF AME
Nine-year-old Josefina, the youngest of four sisters living in New Mexico in 1824, tries to help run the household after her mother dies.

Josefina reading a book
JF AME
Josefina and her sisters distrust learning to read and write, as well as other changes their Tia Dolores is bringing to the household, because they fear they will lose their memories of their mother.

Josefina smiling in the snow
JF AME
The second Christmas after their mother has died, Josefina and her three sisters find that participating in the traditions of Las Posadas helps keep memories of Mamá alive.

Josefina gets a hug and a present
JF AME
Josefina hopes to become a “curandera” or healer like Tía Magdalena, and she is tested just before her tenth birthday when a friend receives a potentially fatal snakebite.

Josefina sits on a bench with her friends
JF AME
In 1825 when Josefina trusts a trader in Santa Fe with an important deal, she makes a surprising discovery about this young American who leaves town without paying her.

A cover featuring the photo of a Sarah Nita
JF DEA
In the diary account of her life at a government-run Pennsylvania boarding school in 1880, a twelve-year-old Sioux Indian girl reveals a great need to find a way to help her people.

Two children dressed as cowboys in the streets of a town in the Old West
JF OSB
Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to the Wild West, where they experience excitement and danger and try to solve a riddle.

An illustration of a Dia De Los Muertos celebration
ER THONG
It’s Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and children throughout the pueblo, or town, are getting ready to celebrate! They decorate with colored streamers, calaveras, or sugar skulls, and pan de muertos, or bread of the dead. There are altars draped in cloth and covered in marigolds and twinkling candles. Music fills the streets. Join the fun and festivities, learn about a different cultural tradition, and brush up on your Spanish vocabulary, as the town honors their dearly departed in a traditional, time-honored style.

Josefina walking around a house, looking off to the left
JM AMERICAN
Josefina’s home is filled with holiday guests, including a dashing man from Mexico City who delivers a precious heirloom to Tí¬a Dolores. Everyone is delighted with the stunning ruby ring, but as soon as the ring appears at the rancho, things start going wrong. What is going on? With all her heart, Josefina is determined to find out.

A photograph of Josefina
JF AMERICAN
What if you suddenly found yourself in Josefina’s world in New Mexico in 1824? What activities might you do on the rancho, what dreams might you have, and what wouldyou do for fun? In this story, you can join Josefina on adventures that take the two of you from spending cozy evenings on the rancho to coming facetoface with a mountainlion to visiting the lively market in the city of Santa Fe! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of excitingoptions in this multiple-ending story.

A boy on the beach looks into the sun (which is not advisable)
ER GRIMES
Jayden expects to see nothing but brown his first morning in New Mexico, but after being surprised by colorful rocks, flowers, birds, and animals, he wonders if this place could become home.

An elegant woman sits in a chair in front of a large window
JF ROY
In 1829, nine-year-old Victoria begins a journal chronicling her life as an English princess. Includes information on the reign, marriage, and family life of Queen Victoria and English civilization during that period.

A kid rides on a large bird
JF ROANHORSE
Guided by her Navajo ancestors, seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay discovers she is descended from a holy woman and destined to become a monsterslayer, starting with the evil businessman who kidnapped her father. Includes glossary of Navajo terms.

Nonfiction

Josefina presents some food
J 641.5972 AMERICAN
Looks at the dining customs of people living in northern New Mexico in 1824.

Josefina standing in front of a pot of flowers and holding a cake
J 745.5 AMERICAN
Provides information about life on a ranch in nineteenth century New Mexico and instructions for a variety of related craft projects.

Josefina outside with a jug of water balanced on her head
J 978.9 AMERICAN
Describes the daily life and activities of Mexican Americans in New Mexico during the early 1800s including information about their homes, community, and links to Spain and Mexico.

A child looks up at a sky full of stars
ER VID
Because he has misbehaved, four-year-old Federico is afraid the three kings will not bring him the toy horse he asked them for and, unable to sleep, he goes outside to await their arrival.

A photo of a mountain
J 978.9 BUR
Describes the geography, history, economy, culture, and people of the state of New Mexico.

A girl crafts a clay pot
ER FREEMAN
The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Poveka Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her Ko-oo, her aunt. She grew up to discover a new firing technique that turned her pots black and shiny, and made them-and Maria-famous. This inspiring story of family and creativity illuminates how Maria’s belief in sharing her love of clay brought success and joy from her New Mexico Pueblo to people all across the country

Coming Soon

  • Secrets in the Hills: A Josefina Mystery by Kathleen Ernst
  • Josefina 1824: Second Chances

The American Girl Doll, Addy Walker
1864

“Addy is a courageous girl determined to be free in the midst of Civil War.”

Check if Addy is Available to Borrow!

Addy's Reading List

Fiction

The American Girl, Addy Walker
JF AME
In 1864, after her father and brother are sold to another owner, nine-year-old Addy Walker and her mother escape from their cruel life of slavery in North Carolina to freedom in Philadelphia.

Addy and children speak to eachother in front of a window in a classroom
JF AME
After their escape from North Carolina to Philadelphia in the summer of 1864, Addy and her mother begin their new life as free people as her mother gets a paying job and Addy goes to school and learns a lesson in true friendship.

Addy strikes a pose in front of a table with apples and flags on it.
JF AME
Addy and Harriet feud over everything, including fund-raising plans to help the families of freed slaves, but tragedy finally forces them to stop fighting and work together.

Addy holds a doll
JF AME
Addy and her mother forgo their Christmas plans to help the newly freed slaves arriving in Philadelphia during the Civil War.

Addy checks out a pretty sweet bird that's perched on her finger
JF AME
Trying to shape a new life of freedom in Philadelphia after having been a slave, Addy finds inspiration from a new friend.

Addy reads from parchment
JF AME
After the Civil War ends in 1865, Addy desperately hopes that her family will be reunited in freedom in Philadelphia, but the future may hold both happiness and heartache.
After the Civil War ends, Addy desperately hopes that her family will be reunited in freedom in Philadelphia, but the future may hold both happiness and heartache.

Addy holds up a lantern as she searches the darkness
JM AME
Addy is overjoyed when Poppa’s new boss offers the Walker family a home of their own on his property in Philadelphia’s elegant Society Hill neighborhood. But Addy soon discovers that their new home holds frightening secrets, and one leads straight back to the North Carolina plantation where she and her family were slaves only two years before. Can Addy uncover the truth before her family loses everything, even with someone determined to stop her? Includes an “Inside Addy’s World” essay about reconstruction after the Civil War.

Addy strikes a pose in a blue dress
JF AMERICAN
What if you suddenly found yourself in Addy Walker’s world in the middle of the Civil War? Join Addy on adventures as you outrun a slave catcher, raise money for soldiers, and search for Addy’s family. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story

J 973.7 AMERICAN
Describes the conditions of African Americans in the North and the South during and immediately after the Civil War.

Three children march onto a civil war battlefield
JF OSB
Jack and Annie are transported by their magic tree house to the time of the Civil War where they meet Clara Barton.

A photograph of Amelia Martin
JF DEA
In 1860 and 1861, while working in her father’s lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.

A photograph of Emma Simpson
JF DEA
The diary of a fictional fourteen-year-old girl living in Virginia, in which she describes the hardships endured by her family and friends during one year of the Civil War.

A girl and a dog investigate a hat
JM AME
The final year of the Civil War has brought hard times to much of the South, including the Willis homestead in southern Virginia. Day-to-day problems are commonplace, but nothing could prepare the family for the devastating news of oldest brother Jacob’s death in battle. Then, while grieving privately in the nearby woods, 12-year-old Cassie is terrorized by a crazed and violent Confederate deserter, escaping only because of her dog’s courage. A search indicates the man has moved on, but after a short time, things inexplicably begin to go missing from the house and farm. Cassie wonders if the family is really safe, and determines to find out why she often feels she is being watched.

A silhouette of a girl running
JF KLU
With the help of a magical stone from Africa, a thirteen-year-old slave travels to the battle of Vicksburg to clear her father’s name and free her family from bondage.

A crowd of people, arms outstretched to the sky
ER JOHNSON
In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as Juneteenth.

A girl holding a conch shell
ER LYONS
It’s 1862 and the Civil War has turned out to be a long, deadly conflict. Hope’s father can’t stand the waiting a minute longer and decides to join the Union army to fight for freedom. He slips away one tearful night, leaving Hope, who knows she may never see her father again, with only a conch shell for comfort. Its sound, Papa says, echoes the promised song of freedom. It’s a long wait for freedom and on the nights when the cannons roar, Papa seems farther away than ever. But then Lincoln finally does it: on January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and a joyful Hope finally spies the outline of a familiar man standing on the horizon.

A woman in a blue dress with her back to the viewer
JF PEC
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

Non-Fiction

Addy presenting a bowl of soup
J 641.5 AMERICAN
Easy recipes help girls make Addy’s favorite foods. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions and plans for a festive Juneteenth celebration are included.

Addy presents a rug
J 745.5 AMERICAN
Patterns and instructions detail how to make crafts, including a traditional hooked rug, a wallpaper box, and an applique pillow.

Children watch a battle from behind some cover during the civil war
J 973.7 MARA
With their families caught on opposite sides of the Civil War, friends Sarah Pierce and James Hood are afraid that everything they know is about to change.When the two friends encounter a wounded Union soldier after a violent battle sweeps through their rural Virginia home, they are faced with a difficult decision.

A picture of Edmond Pease
JF MYN
James Edmond, a sixteen-year-old orphan, keeps a journal of his experiences and those of “G” Company which he joined as a volunteer in the Union Army during the Civil War.

A man peeks out from behind the cover of a tree
J 975.5 CASTROVILLA
George Scott peered at the nearby Union fortress. Something miraculous was taking place! Three enslaved men had entered but had not been cast out. To Scott, the fortress must be a sanctuary. A place where the three would be safe from capture and harm–never to return to the Confederate South. But exactly why were they granted refuge? Scott left the woods where he had been hiding and joined others in line to enter the fortress. Once inside, his knowledge of the area and the movements of the Confederate army impressed the fortress’s commander, Major General Benjamin Butler. Working together, they plotted a plan to save the fortress from enemy attack. Would the fortress survive? Would Scott survive? Selene Castrovilla and E.B. Lewis weave a suspenseful tale revealing how two men’s brave stand meant eventual freedom to thousands of African Americans and led President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

A cartoon of an group of escaped slaves skeptical of a home that is supposedly offering shelter
J 973.7 MESSNER
Myths! Lies! Secrets! Uncover the hidden truth about the Underground Railroad and Black Americans’ struggle for freedom. Perfect for fans of I Survived! and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. Before the Civil War, there was a crack team of abolitionists who used quilts and signal lanterns to guide enslaved people to freedom. Right? Wrong! The truth is, the Underground Railroad wasn’t very organized, and most freedom seekers were on their own. With a mix of sidebars, illustrations, photos, and graphic panels, acclaimed author Kate Messner and coauthor and Brown Bookshelf contributor Gwendolyn Hooks deliver the whole truth about the Underground Railroad. Discover the nonfiction series that smashes everything you thought you knew about history!

Coming Soon:

  • Freedom For Addy by Tonya Leslie
  • A Heart Full of Hope by Connie Porter
  • Finding Freedom by Connie Porter

The American Girl Doll, Kit Kittredge.
1934

“Kit is a clever, resourceful girl facing the Great Depression with spirit and determination.”

Check if Kit is Available to Borrow!

Kit's Reading List

Fiction

Kit in front of her very large house
JF AME
When her father’s business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness.

Kit enthusiastically raises her hand in class as the bored students around her look on
JF AMERICAN
In 1934 Kit finds that she has hard lessons to learn about the Depression both at home, where she is helping her mother run a boarding house while her father looks for a new job, and at school, where a fight spoils the preparations for the Thanksgiving pageant.

Kit holding a doll
JF AMERICAN
In 1932, Kit faces a very different Christmas because of her family’s financial problems and allows her pride to estrange her from her best friend.

Kit hugs a big 'ol dog
JF AMERICAN
On a visit to Cincinnati from rural Kentucky during the Great Depression, Aunt Millie impresses Kit with her money-saving cleverness. Includes information on life in America during the Great Depression.

Kit spies on a scene from atop the baggage compartment on a train
JF AME
Tired of doing chores and longing for adventure during the Great Depression, Kit meets a hobo and decides to hop a freight train.

Kit waves to the viewer as she walks by in a swanky coat and beret.
JF AME
In 1934, during the Depression, Kit’s cantankerous uncle comes to live in the Cincinnati boardinghouse run by her parents, enlisting her aid in transcribing his complaining letters to the editor of the local newspaper and inspiring her to write a different kind of letter of her own.

Two kids present a bucket of strawberries to the viewer, and they are ABOUT it
ER HOP
During the Great Depression, Davey learns that a neighbor’s property is about to be auctioned, and he rallies his friends, neighbors, and family to help save Strawberry Farm.

Kit and Ruthie present a box of apples
JF AME
Ruthie Smithens, a girl who believes in fairy tales and happy endings, would do almost anything to help her best friend, Kit Kittredge, whose family has been hard hit by the Depression. But Ruthie has learned the hard way that offers of help, even between friends, are tricky. When Ruthie finds out some bad news about the Kittredges’ house while at her father’s bank, she has to find a way to help the Kittredges reach Kit’s Aunt Millie, so that there can be at least the chance of a happy ending!

A photograph of Kit
JF AMERICAN
A modern-day girl finds herself in 1933 Cincinnati, Ohio, and as she and Kit experience life during the Great Depression, the reader is invited to choose how Kit might help her family and others who are less fortunate.

A young lady holds a pumpkin with mountains behind her
JF DAGG
In 1934, eleven-year-old Terpsichore’s father signs up for President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project, uprooting the family from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska, where Terpsichore refuses to let rough conditions and first impressions get in the way of her grand adventure.

Kit ducks down in front of some cages, zoo cages presumably
JM AME
While working as a reporter during her summer vacation in 1935, Kit uncovers a mystery at the Cincinnati Zoo involving suspected break-ins at the monkey house.

A concerned Kit moves through an audience
JM AME
Kit writes a newspaper story about how her dog, Grace, saved the Kittredges and their boarders from a house fire. Grace becomes a local celebrity, and all the attention is a lot of fun for Kit-until the night Grace mysteriously vanishes. But who would take Kit’s dog, and why?

Kit leans against a closed door, unaware of another child behind her
JM AME
In 1935, while preparing to write a newspaper story about a theater production of Macbeth in her hometown of Cincinnati, twelve-year-old Kit discovers that a thief is stealing from the box office.

A young man
JF CURTIS
It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

  1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
  2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
  3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him–not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

A white dog
JF NELSON
The award-winning story of a lost West Highland Terrier warming hearts and bringing generations together

A dog’s world is a world of scents, of adventure. When a Harvey the West Highland Terrier wanders out of his old life guided only by his nose and his heart, lives begin to converge.

Austin, a young volunteer at the Brayside retirement home, quickly finds that the audacious Harvey inspires Mr. Pickering, a bitter resident coping with memory loss, to tell stories of his childhood. Moved by the elderly man’s Dust Bowl recollections of grinding poverty and the perseverance of his friends and family, Austin begins to trade his preconceived notions for empathy. But is it enough to give him the resolve to track down Harvey’s original owner?

A bunch of stuff including a dog, a flower, a bird, and a bottle
JF WOLK
After losing almost everything in the Great Depression, Ellie’s family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed wilderness of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. But there is little joy after a terrible accident leaves her father in a coma. An accident unfairly blamed on Ellie.

Ellie is a girl who takes matters into her own hands, and determined to help her father she will make her way to the top of the mountain in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag.” But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal.

A picture of a young lady with a basket
JF SANCHEZ
When ten-year-old Margarita Sandoval’s family moves to Wyoming during the Great Depression, she faces racism, homesickness, and the possibility that her grandmother’s land in New Mexico may be lost.

A photo of Grace Edwards
JD DEA
A twelve-year-old girl keeps a journal of her family’s and friends’ difficult experiences in the Texas panhandle, part of the “Dust Bowl,” during the Great Depression.

Kit presents a pie
J 641.5 AMERICAN
You’re the chef! Roll up your sleeves and discover how fun it is to make the meals Kit loved. Chose from more than 20 easy-to-follow recipes. When you’re ready to show off your cooking skills, turn to the party chapter for ideas on throwing three different Kit-inspired parties!

FDR waves to a parade crowd as he drives his car
J 973.91 JURMAIN
Franklin Roosevelt idolized his cousin Teddy Roosevelt. He started wearing eyeglasses like Teddy, he spoke like Teddy, and he held the same public offices as Teddy. But then one day his life changed-he got sick. He developed polio and he could no longer walk. But Franklin also had Teddy’s determination, so after physical therapy and hard work, he ran for governor of New York and won. Then a different kind of sickness, the Great Depression, spread across the country- Banks were closing, and thousands lost their jobs.

Franklin said that if you have a problem, solve it. If one solution doesn’t work, try another but above all TRY SOMETHING. So Franklin ran for president, and on Inauguration Day, he made it clear that together they would conquer this sickness. He got to work creating jobs and slowly America started getting better.

Kit poses in front of a number of images from the Great Depression
J 973.91 AMERICAN
Through photographs, illustrations, and both factual and fictionalized anecdotes, shows what life was like in the United States during the Depression.

A series of photographs from the Great Depression
J 973.917 MULLENBACH
Explains the factors that led to the Great Depression, describing the social conditions of children during that time period and the movies and other forms of entertainment that helped distract people until the recovery of the late 1930s.

A wears a forlorn expression on a barren farm
J 973.917 PASCAL
Introduces the Great Depression, including its causes, how it affected the people of the United States, and what governmental measures were taken to try to alleviate the economic crisis.

Kit crafts some stuff with her friends
J 745.5 HIR
Crafts, recipes, and games are designed to give a sense of the 1930s, or the period setting for books in the American Girls collection which feature the character named Kit.

A photograph from the Great Depression
J 973.916 STE
Describes the 1929 stock market crash and the events and effects of the depression that followed, including the New Deal programs intended to restore the economy.

The American Girl Doll, MaryEllen.
1954

“Mary Ellen (nicknamed Ellie) is an enthusiastic, optimistic, ambitious, and imaginative girl from the fifties.”

Check if Mary Ellen is Available to Borrow!

Mary Ellen's Reading List

Fiction

MaryEllen rides a bike while holding her dog
JF AMERICAN
What if you suddenly found yourself in Maryellen’s world during the 1950s? How would your life be changed, and what would you do to fit in? More importantly, what would you do to stand out? Join Maryellen on an adventure where the two of you can put on poodle skirts and head to a school dance (they were called sock hops back then!), enter a contest, or take a trip in a streamlined silver camper that looks like a rocket ship! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story.

MaryEllen watches some kites
JF AMERICAN
Maryellen strives to invent a flying machine, become famous, and get her sister’s wedding off the ground.

MaryEllen reads a lost dog poster
JM AMERICAN
Scooter, Maryellen’s pudgy pet dachshund, may be lazy, but he’s one of the family, and Maryellen loves him dearly. And he never misses a meal! So when Scooter doesn’t show up at dinnertime, she’s worried. Maryellen launches a search and discovers some strange goings-on in her neighborhood. With the help of her friends and family, the search for Scooter takes Maryellen from the streets of Daytona Beach to the rocket launchpad at Cape Canaveral!

MaryEllen looks out at a beach
JM AMERICAN
Maryellen takes a break from practicing for the big “Rock Around the Clock” holiday dance to go to the beach with her friend Davy. While playing in the waves, they find a barnacle-encrusted ring buried in the sand. They imagine that it’s lost treasure from a sunken ship. But why do other people seem desperate to get the ring?

An illustration of a girl, a pig, and a duck observing a spider
JF WHITE
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Two kids hug a lion
JSF LEW
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

A sail boat
ER MCC
The spell of rain, gulls, a foggy morning, the excitement of sailing, the quiet of the night, the sudden terror of a hurricane, and the peace of a Maine island as a family packs up to leave are shown in poetic language and vibrant, evocative pictures.

An illustration of some houses
JF VANDOLZER
In 1950s California, grieving Mildred Clausen tries to have her son, who was killed in World War II, cloned but instead, a Japanese man emerges and her niece, Ella Mae, befriends him, in spite of the town’s intense prejudice and her aunt’s conviction that he is her son’s killer.

A girl standing in a field
JF KAD
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

A silhouette of a girl in a bird cage
JF SPINELLI
Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s prison, Cammie O’Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby, and interacts with some of the reformed inmates.

A depiction of soldiers in the smoldering remains of a battlefield
JF SHE
On December 1, 1950, during the heart of the Korean War, Lieutenant Everett Donovan awakens in a mortar crater behind enemy lines. During the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a mine explosion has killed his entire platoon of U.S. Marines. Shaken and shivering from the subzero temps, the lieutenant struggles to his feet and stands among the bodies of his fellow Devil Dogs. Suddenly, a shot rings out! Donovan falls to his knees and when he looks up, he’s face to face with his Korean counterpart. Both men know the standoff will end in brotherhood or blood . . . and neither choice will come easy.

An illustration of a young lady pulling a little red wagon
JF WHI
In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby’s past begins to unravel.

A young lady in a hat
ER MCK
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.

A young lady walks through a field of flowers
JF OH
A tale based on true events follows the coming-of-age of a girl who is motivated by an act of racism at school to learn about her ancestral heritage and her grandparents’ experiences as lost children during the Korean War.

Non-Fiction

An illustration of a correspondent
J 741.5 HALE
Presents, in graphic novel format, the story of Korean War correspondent Marguerite Higgins, who risked her life in dangerous situations to provide eyewitness accounts of many of the major events of the war.

An illustration of a young African American lady entering a desegregated school
J 973.0496 GLADDEN
An awe-inspiring autobiographical picture book about a young African American girl who lived during the shutdown of public schools in Farmville, Virginia, following the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka.

Most people think that the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 meant that schools were integrated with deliberate speed. But the children of Prince Edward County located in Farmville, Virginia, who were prohibited from attending formal schools for five years knew differently, including Yolanda.

Coming Soon

  • The One and Only: A Maryellen Classic

The American Girl Doll, Melody.
1964

“Life your voice and in the fight for fairness and freedom. An enthusiastic singer from the 1960’s.”

Check if Melody is Available to Borrow!

Melody's Reading List

Fiction

Melody in a store
JF AMERICAN
Melody is an optimistic, enthusiastic girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. She is excited and proud to share a special surprise with her family she’s been chosen to sing a solo for Youth Day at her church! But what song will she choose? She gets advice from her big brother, and is also inspired by her older sister, but it’s the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that help her pick the perfect song.

Melody sings into a microphone
JF AMERICAN
In 1964, ten-year-old African American singer Melody Ellison decides to fix up her Detroit neighborhood playground and plant a garden, but when her friends put her in charge, Melody finds out just how hard it can be to lead.

A picture of Melody
JF AMERICAN
As I play the final note, I feel a breeze. The sheet music flutters and the room darkens, as if someone pulled a curtain. I rub my eyes. The sheet music is still in front of me, but everything else has changed. Is this my craziest daydream ever, or did I just play my way back in time? What if you suddenly found yourself in Melody’s world of the 1960s? Together, you and Melody could speak up about fairness, join a demonstration, volunteer with a civil rights group, or even use your voice to sing backup for a Motown musician!

Melody protesting
JF AMERICAN
In 1933, people from all over the country came together calling for equal rights for African Americans. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a peaceful protest and the setting for Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. Learn about the inspiring people and incredible acts of courage that led to this historic moment. Plus, American girl Melody shares her own experiences growing up during the civil rights movement and dealing with discrimination

Melody peaks around a door, unaware of a shadowy figure behind her
JM AMERICAN
When her friend Leah’s grandfather has a rare and valuable orchid stolen and her own grandfather ends up as a suspect, Melody enlists the help of her cousin Val, and Leah herself, in finding the real thief.

A girl walks down the street holding a notebook at her side
JF FITZHUGH V1
Determined to be a writer, Harriet, a fifth grader, fills her secret notebook with remarks about everyone she knows until her classmates discover what she’s been doing.

A monster naps under a palm tree
ER SEN
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

A child observes the footprints that they left in the snow
ER KEA
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

Willy Wonka and Charlie surrounded by candy
JF DAH
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

A caterpillar with a green body and red head
ER CARLE
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

A crocodile walks down the street
ER WAB
Lyle is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th St. until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that.

A fuzzy guy in a hat leans over to take a real good look at eggs that are, get this, green and ham that is also green.
READ-ALONE SEUSS
With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. Kids will love the terrific tongue-twisters as the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham gets longer and longer…and they might even learn a thing or two about trying new things!

A tree drops an apple down to a child below
ER SILVERSTEIN
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

A teddy bear in overalls
ER FRE
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Ramona jumps in a puddle
JF CLE
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

Children play around a well
ER MOS
Applause! Applause! And wasn’t it easy! Even non-musical teachers will love using this simple musical play. Children will bring stories to life through drama, music, art, language, and gross motor activities.

A man at the end of his gold swing
ER CHURNIN
In the 1960s Charlie Sifford became the first African American to break the color barrier in golf and despite discrimation went on to win the PGA tournament

A city
JF BEHAR
In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

A silhouette of a girl on a hill
JF WOODSON
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

A vinyl record
JF WILES
The fearful events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are witnessed by 11-year-old Franny, who finds her life and perspectives changing throughout the course of a week that is also marked by difficult family issues.

A lightning bolt
JF SEL
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.

Non-Fiction

Several women of historical significance
J 305.42 HOPKINSON
Chronicles the women’s rights movement in the United States, from the beginning of the movement in the nineteenth century and the fight for equal rights in the 1960s to such present-day events as the Women’s March in 2017.

J 973.0496 ASIM
A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history — from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement

Coming Soon:

  • The Movement of 1960 by Selene Castrovilla

The American Girl Doll, Julie.
1974

“Julie is a fun-loving girl from San Francisco who faces big changes- and creates a few of her own.”

Check if Julie is Available to Borrow!

Julie's Reading List

Fiction

Julie on a horse
JF AMERICAN
It’s 1976 and the entire country is celebrating America’s 200th birthday. Julie joins her cousins on a pioneer-style wagon train in honor of the Bicentennial. The journey is filled with adventures, challenges, and self-discovery as Julie faces her fears to make an important contribution to her country’s birthday. The “Looking Back” section provides additional information about Bicentennial celebrations in the United States.

Julie gives a speech from a lecturn
JF AMERICAN
When Julie runs for student body president, the other students are put off by her choice for vice president, a deaf student named Joy.

Julie and a friend lean over a railing
JF AMERICAN
The first Christmas since Julie’s parents’ divorce is difficult for the whole family, but Julie finds comfort sharing the Chinese New Year traditions of her best friend, Ivy Ling, and thinking about new beginnings.

Julie talks with a friend
JF AMERICAN
In 1974 at her new San Francisco school, nine-year-old Julie does not want to tell her class about her parents’ divorce, or to tell her sister about messing up her school assignment, but when she breaks her finger playing basketball and her whole family rallies around her, she realizes the importance of telling the truth.

Julie shouts infront of a banner
JF AMERICAN
Julie and her best friend, Ivy, find a baby owl in Golden Gate Park–and it needs help. At a wildlife rescue center, Julie meets Shasta and Sierra, two bald eagles that will be caged for life, unless money is raised to release them back into the wild. For Earth Day, Julie thinks of a unique way to tell the public of the eagles’ plight. The “Looking Back” section explores the beginning of the environmental movement.

Julie walks down some stairs
JM AMERICAN
Julie really likes the new girl in her class, Carla Warner. Still, there’s something odd about her. The things Carla says don’t quite add up, and she seems to avoid answering certain questions. Now Julie wonders: is her new friend lying…or in real danger?

Julie is holding a guitar and is all WHAAAT?
JM AME
While trying to find a way for her elementary school to help fund the seabird rescue following an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay, Julie investigates the theft of rare guitar. Includes a “Looking Back” essay about benefit concerts in the 1970s.

Julie sits at the shore, holding a bottle
JM AMERICAN
When Julie visits Gold Moon Ranch, a farming commune in Californias gold rush country, the back-to-the-land lifestyle seems idyllic at first. But peculiar problems keep cropping up, almost as if someone was trying to shut down the commune! Then, on a secret trip to an abandoned gold mine, Julie stumbles on a mysterious message that hints at long-lost treasure. Julie is desperate to find it, before danger closes in on Gold Moon Ranch.

A photo of Julie
JF AMERICAN
What if you suddenly found yourself in Julie’s world–sunny San Francisco in the 1970s? Join her on this adventure where the two of you can challenge the boys to a basketball contest, or spend a day at the beach and rescue a baby sea otter. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story

Julie in a room, confused
JM AMERICAN
Julie is excited to take care of Lucy, a talking parrot, while her friend Ivy is on vacation. But soon she realizes that she has taken on more than she can handle. Then Julie discovers that an old friend is hiding secrets from her. Could he be responsible for the strange things happening at Ivy’s house? Or is someone – or something – else to blame? An illustrated “Looking Back” section describes the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, plus the increase in vegetarianism in the 1970s.

Julie in front of a bunch of dolls
JM AME
When Julie discovers a mysterious note written in Chinese, she brings it to her friend Ivy to translate. The note promises great treasure, but it doesn?t quite make sense – and Julie suspects it may be written in a secret code. Then the girls? beloved dolls are stolen, and Julie can?t shake the feeling that there?s a connection between the stolen dolls and the mysterious note.

A town
JF FRANK
During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s

A text chat
YA BLUME
Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

A hampster and a car
JF DUMAS
Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name–Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

Non-Fiction

Two people with huge heads at Woodstock
J 784.5 HOLUB
On August 15, 1969, a music festival called ‘Woodstock’ transformed one small dairy farm in upstate New York into a gathering place for over 400,000 young music fans. Concert-goers, called ‘hippies,’ traveled from all over the country to see their favorite musicians perform. Famous artists like The Grateful Dead played day and night in a celebration of peace, love, and happiness. Although Woodstock lasted only three days, the spirit of the festival has defined a generation and become a symbol of the hippie life.

Richard Nixon with a huge head
JB NIXON, RICHARD
On August 8, 1974, millions sat stunned as they watched Richard Nixon on TV when he announced he was stepping down as the President of the United States. He’d participated in a scandal that included secret tape recordings, a burglary, and a cover-up, and now his secrets and lies were catching up to him. How could Nixon, a man who had been reelected in a landslide victory just two years earlier, now be leaving office in disgrace? Author Megan Stine takes readers through President Nixon’s life–from his childhood and military experiences during World War II–to his long political career and the Watergate scandal that tarnished his legacy and deepened American’s mistrust of the government.

The American Girl Doll, Logan.
2017

“Logan Everett, is a drummer and the friend of new Nashville-based singer-songwriter doll Tenney Grant.”

Check if Logan is Available to Borrow!

Logan's Reading List

Fiction

Tenney plays a guitar, singing into a microphone
JF AMERICAN
When aspiring songwriter Tenney gets invited to perform at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafâe, her parents decide she’s too young to perform professionally, leaving her future hanging in the balance.

Tenney and a friend
JF AMERICAN
Tenney’s manager books her and new drummer Logan to play at Nashville’s City Music Festival the same day as she’s supposed to perform at her friend Jaya’s charity fund-raiser, and Tenney must decide if friendship or her career is more important.

Tenney sings with Logan behind her on drums
JF AMERICAN
Tenney and Logan record their first album in this third book in Tenney’s series!Tenney & Logan are a harmonious match onstage, but behind the scenes, they are totally out of tune. In this third novel, Tenney has signed a recording contract and is ready to make the album of her dreams . . . she just wishes she didn’t have to do it with moody Logan Everett! They’re supposed to be songwriting partners, but Logan doesn’t even seem to be trying. Just when it looks like they’ve found their harmony, Logan suddenly disappears, and Tenney wonders if he has bailed on their act. A couple of months ago, Tenney would have gladly taken the opportunity to go solo. But as she learns more of Logan’s story, she begins to wonder: Do she and Logan need each other–and their music–now more than ever before?

A girl in a pink dress stands in a field
JF NALL
When twelve-year-old Maya’s parents sell their house and move the family into the world’s ugliest RV to travel the country, Maya’s only goal is to get back home–and fast. No way is she going to miss the chance to audition for Dueling Duets, the singing competition show that’s going to surely propel her–and her cowboy-hatted crush–to country stardom.

A girl lays in a field with a guitar
JF ORMSBEE
Cline Alden’s grandmother says that music is in the family’s blood, but Cline’s mother is dead-set against her daughter’s dreams of becoming a country music singer; Cline is determined to find the money to attend a Young Singer-Songwriter Workshop in Lexington (not too far from her Paris, Kentucky home), so now she has a lot on her mind–she is hiding things from her mother, she is losing her beloved grandmother to Alzheimer’s, and she has begun to acknowledge, to herself at least, that she is more attracted to girls then boys.

A girl, a horse, and a dog
JF MACLACHLAN
On a farm in the middle of the prairie, ten-year-old Sylvie struggles to understand why her mother gave up singing on stage while she sets off on an adventure of her own as the town reporter.

Coming Soon:

  • A Song for the Season

The American Girl Doll, Rebecca.
1914

“Rebecca is a lively girl with dramatic flair growing up in New York City.”

Check if Rebecca is Available to Borrow!

Rebecca's Reading List

Fiction

Rebecca smiles with her arms crossed
JF AME
In 1914 New York City, nine-year-old Rebecca is determined to show her family that she is old enough to light the Shabbos candles and go to the movies.

Rebecca speaks in front of a Labor Day banner
JF AME
Ten-year-old Rebecca Rubin is injured during a strike at the sweatshop where her uncle and cousin work when she tries to give a speech, while keeping a big secret from her family.

Rebecca and her cousin hold flags
JF AME
Nine-year-old Rebecca Rubin eagerly helps her cousin Ana, newly arrived from Russia, to adjust to life in New York City, but when their teacher says the two must sing together at a school assembly, Rebecca worries that her big moment will be ruined.

Rebecca climbs a ladder
JR AME
While celebrating her brother’s Bar Mitzvah on Coney Island, nine-year-old Rebecca Rubin disobeys by going off on her own, leaving her cousin Ana, a recent immigrant, alone.

JF AME
Rebecca Rubin worries that her tenth birthday will be ruined because it falls during Passover, but her mother’s cousin Max, an actor, takes her with him to a movie studio, where she makes friends with an actress and a set carpenter.

Rebecca in front of a babay, looking at the audience like DID I FIND A BABY? BABIES ARE NOT NATURALLY OCCURING! I MEAN THEY ARE, BUT NOT LIKE THIS! WHAT I'M GETTING AT IS, WHOSE BABY IS THIS!?
JM AME
Rebecca is put in charge of the new neighbors’ baby and a kidnapper is on the loose in New York City! So when a strange boy shows up asking a few too many questions about the baby, Rebecca starts to worry. Could the child be in danger? Includes an illustrated “Looking Back” essay about the household duties of young girls in 1914.

A photo of Rebecca
JF AMERICAN
What if you, as a girl battling stage fright before a dance recital, suddenly found yourself in Rebecca’s world in 1914? Join Rebecca on adventures where the two of you can try out for a vaudeville show, put on a musical, or even sneak into a factory to deliver an important message. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story

3 vignettes
Avi
YA AVI
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord’s runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America.

A photograph of Zipporah Feldman
JF DEA
Twelve-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family’s life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.

A girl with a manor in the distance behind her
JM WHITBY
Kate is thrilled when her English cousin Beth visits for her twelfth birthday, and they stumble upon a secret in Vendermeer Manor that may bring them closer to unraveling the family mystery that’s been hidden away for generations.

A different girl with a different manor in the distance behind her
JM WHITBY
Beth is excited for her twelfth birthday, when she will receive her great-grandmother’s heirloom necklace as a gift, but when the necklace goes missing, Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid and friend, Shannon.

A girl stands in a field before a full moon
JM AME
In 1918, caring for her family’s homing pigeons while her father is away fighting in World War I, twelve-year-old Pam comes to suspect that a mysterious stranger in her small North Carolina town is a German spy.

Non-Fiction

A lady with a very large head on a deck with Ellis Island in the distance.
J 974.71 DEMUTH
Describes the history of Ellis Island, a gateway for many immigrants coming to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and details the restoration of the landmark and its reopening as a museum.

A family looks at Ellis Island in the distance.
JF YOU
You’re one of millions of immigrants leaving your home in the early 1900s to move to the United States. You’re searching for a better life. Ellis Island, near New York City, is your first stop in your search for opportunity and freedom. Officials on the island have been processing immigrants there for decades, but not everyone gets through. If you pass the tests, you’re on your way to a new life in the United States. If you don’t, you may find yourself being sent back to your homeland. What path will you take? Will you: Be a Jewish youth leaving the violence of Russia in hopes of a better life in America? Be an Italian teen who lands at Ellis Island during World War I? A German immigrant who faces deportation? Everything in this book happened to real people. And YOU CHOOSE what you do next. The choices you make could lead you to opportunity, to wealth, to poverty, or even to death.

Two soldiers meeting between a makeshift Christmas tree.
JF HENDRIX
In 1914 France, a British soldier writes to his mother about the strange events of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when German and Allied soldiers met on neutral ground to share songs, food, and fun. Includes historical notes and glossary.

A photograph of a WWI era tank
JF YOU
World War I has just exploded in Europe. The peace of the entire world is in danger. How will you help? Will you: Join the Belgian resistance movement? Fight as a British Army soldier? Serve as a volunteer with the American Field Service? YOU CHOOSE what to do next. The path you choose can lead to heroism, success, or death. The path you take is up to you.

The American Girl Doll, Samantha.
1904

“Samantha is a bright Victorian beauty, an orphan raised by her wealthy grandmother.”

Check if Samantha is Available to Borrow!

Samantha's Reading List

Fiction

Samantha, holding two small trees
JF AME
In 1904, nine-year-old Samantha, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother, and her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the seamstress who suddenly left her job.

Samantha and a friend look through the window of a toy store
JF AME
The two weeks before Christmas are filled with activity as Samantha finishes her homemade presents and makes preparations for visiting relatives.

Samantha and a friend in swanky coats, y'all
JF AME
When she discovers that Nellie and her sisters have been sent to an orphanage, Samantha, now living with her aunt and uncle in New York City, tries to help her friends as much as she can.

Samantha seated at a table
JF AME
When Samantha’s tenth birthday party is spoiled by the boy next door, Aunt Cornelia and her young twin sisters try to ease Samantha’s disappointment by inviting her and Grandmary to visit them in New York City.

Samantha uses a candelabra to look at some stuff
JM AMERICAN
Samantha and Nellie set sail for Europe aboard an ocean liner in 1906. Also traveling on the ship is a world-famous archaeologist with the legendary sapphire he discovered. Before the archaeologist can deliver his treasure to a London museum, the priceless jewel disappears. Samantha realizes that every one of the ship’s first-class passengers is a suspect-and one of them must be the thief! Can Samantha and Nellie uncover the real culprit and find the missing jewel?

A photo of Samantha
JF AMERICAN
What if you, as a girl trying to adjust to her new stepfamily, suddenly found yourself in Samantha’s world at the start of the 20th century? Join Samantha on exciting adventures. Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of options in this multiple-ending story

Samantha holds up a lantern
JF AME
While spending the summer at Grandmary’s summer home on Goose Lake, Samantha and her twin cousins decide to visit the island where Samantha’s parents were drowned during a storm.

Samantha goes up the stairs
JM AME
When her family temporarily moves into a luxury apartment building in 1904 Manhattan, eleven-year-old Samantha tries to discover whether a series of mishaps is related to a curse on the building’s owner.

Samantha reads to another girl
JF AME
When nine-year-old Nellie begins to attend school, Samantha determines to help her with her schoolwork and learns a great deal herself about what it is like to be a poor child and work in a factory.

Samantha and a friend hold hands, but her friend is too distracted by the audience to notice that Samantha is trying to say something
JM AME
Samantha and Nellie® travel to Piney Point, Grandmary?s beautiful summer home. But themountain lodge is plagued with accidents?and Grandmary wants to sell. Samantha and Nelliemust figure out what?s going on before they lose Piney Point forever!

A man points to the sky with his arm around a lady
JF MAC
While living on Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri, thirteen-year-old Rose Wilder celebrates the turn of the twentieth century and begins to wonder about her future.

Non-Fiction

Amanda rides a bike
J 973.91 AMERICAN
An in-depth look at life for girls and women in America in 1904, discussing city and town life, social reform, new inventions, amusements, and more.

Samantha presents some food
J 641.5 AMERICAN
Easy recipes help girls make Samantha’s favorite foods. Tips for setting an elegant table and planning a proper Victorian tea party are included.

The American Girl Doll, Courtney.
1986

“Courtney Moore is growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley. She’s a total ’80s girl who loves watching music videos after school, renting movies on the weekends, and going to the mall every chance she gets.”

Check if Courtney is Available to Borrow!

Courtney's Reading List

Fiction

Courtney is in a spacesuit flying through space
JF AMERICAN
Courtney’s suited up for an epic adventure — just like Crystal Starshooter, the video game hero she invented. Crystal is brave and bold and doesn’t back down. Courtney tries to be the same in real life. When Courtney meets Isaac Wells at the arcade, they form an epic friendship. Isaac has awesome ideas to add to Crystal Starshooter’s game world, and he gets along great with Sarah and Kip, Courtney’s two best friends. When Isaac needs help fighting a real battle called HIV, Courtney is quick to support him. But doing so puts her friendship with Sarah at risk. Being brave and bold is complicated. What would a superhero do?

Courtney at a Pac-Man cabinet
JF AMERICAN
Courtney Moore is the best gamer at the arcade. But she can’t understand why there aren’t more girl characters. When Courtney imagines her own video game, the hero is a girl who knows how to handle any situation. If only I was like that in real life, Courtney wishes. Her dad’s moving for a job, so Courtney won’t be living with him on the weekends anymore. That’s causing a big problem with her stepsister, who doesn’t like sharing a room with Courtney – or her guinea pig. When her mom announces that she’s running for mayor, Courtney’s blended family has to learn to work together differently. It’s a whole new game for Courtney, and she’s figuring out the rules as she goes.

A classroom tilts, knocking all of its occupants over
JF SAC
More humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, where students learn to tango, face the cafeteria’s dreaded Mushroom Surprise, and study a hobo during show and tell.
Sequel to “Sideways Stories from Wayside School.”

A star
JF BLU
Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge.

Birds eye view of a town or maybe city
JF STE
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.


The American Girl Doll lending policy is outlined in Section 2.2: Special Collections Policies.

Furthermore, patrons must acknowledge the following lending agreement before borrowing a doll.
Click here to view the American Girl Doll lending agreement

American Girl Doll Lending Agreement
Only adult Heggan cardholders in good standing (a current card with less than $10 in fines) may check out one American Girl doll at a time. Patrons must use their own library card when checking out a doll. The library staff reserves the right to limit the number of times that cardholders may borrow dolls due to demand and availability. Dolls can be checked out for seven days at a time and may not be renewed. The late fee will be $10 per day, up to $70. On the seventh day, the cardholder will be billed for the full cost of the doll, plus the $70 fine. Dolls may be placed on hold or held for patrons. The doll must be returned by the cardholder to staff at the Margaret E. Heggan Children’s Library. If the doll is returned by any person other than the cardholder, a $10 fee will be charged to the cardholder’s account. The doll may not be placed in the book return. Any dolls placed in the book return will be considered one day late and a $10 fee will be charged to the patron’s account. Dolls returned to any library other than the Margaret E. Heggan Library will also be considered late and a $10 fee will be charged to the patron’s account. The doll will come in a carrying case, with one outfit, a pair of shoes, a hair ribbon, the doll’s book, a journal, and a brochure on the doll’s era with a list of books that we carry on the same topic. Cardholders will be charged list price for any lost or damaged garment or accessory. Cardholders will be charged the full cost of the doll if the doll is lost, damaged, or destroyed. Patrons are prohibited from altering the appearance of the doll by brushing, cutting, or washing her hair; by using hair products; by painting her nails; or by using any other type of product that may alter her appearance. Alteration to the doll’s appearance may result in repair fees up to and including the full cost of the doll. Cardholders must inspect the doll and all accessories and sign an agreement before checking out the doll. Cardholders who lose, damage, or destroy a doll, or violate the terms of agreement in any other manner, may be barred from borrowing dolls in the future.

Addy: $169.88
Josefina: $169.73
Julie: $115.00
Kaya: $155.98
Kit: $152.90
Logan: $178.00
Mary Ellen: $162.30
Melody: $110.99
Rebecca: $179.99
Samantha: $159.70
Courtney: $140.00