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ADAMS — More than a dozen little girls and their dolls got to hang out with their best friends to make matching bracelets, have snacks and meet new friends at the American Girl doll party at Adams Free Library on Saturday.

Jessica Godfrey, library assistant, said the event celebrates the line of books and accompanying dolls based on historical fiction characters.

About 15 girls attended the party. They danced, colored pictures, decorated their own cupcakes and cookies, played Bingo, made necklace crafts and created cards. The books also were on display for the girls to read and learn about the different characters in the series.

Some American Girl dolls are based on the characters from the book series; others are make-your-own models that can be custom ordered with the same eye color, hair color and other matching features as the doll’s owner. Ms. Godfrey said she organized the day to also mark the end of the American Girl raffle for the doll of the year, “Isabelle.”

“We have the raffle every year, but it’s been a few years since we had the party,” Ms. Godfrey said. “Thought it would be a nice way to spend a winter day and get the girls out with their friends to have fun.”

Just before the card craft event, Josie Edmonds, 9, and Alexa M. Doe, 10, both of Adams, took their American Girl dolls to the “doll play area.” Alexa said they wanted to keep them from getting dirty.

“I collect the mini dolls; I take them everywhere,” she said.

Her mother, Deborah, said the American Girl series made her daughter interested in reading historical books. Last year’s newest American Girl doll, Caroline Abbott, was based on a fictitious character who lived in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812.

“She’s read all of the Caroline books; I read them along with her,” Ms. Doe said. “It was really neat to have her learn about the history of this area from these books.”

She said every time she comes to the library with her daughter, they check out another American Girl book.

Mrs. Doe said the Felicity books taught Alexa about life during the time of the Boston Tea Party.

Event volunteer Jane Sharp said volunteers and library board members were pleased by the party.

“There’s not always a high turnout for library events,” Ms. Sharp said. “We had a good group of girls today.”

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