American Girl History Book Club – Starts May 19 at 4pm


Join us as we examine life in the US in the 1950’s with Maryellen Larkin, a lively and lovable schemer and dreamer growing up in a large family in Daytona Beach, Florida. The nation has come through World War II and the Korean War and is undergoing changes.  The polio vaccine is available but many are hesitant to get it.  Rocket science is in its beginning stages, poodle skirts and sock hops are the rage and women’s roles are just starting to change. 

The club will meet on Wednesdays from May 19 to June 30, at the library outdoor reading area, to discuss the books, look at MaryEllen’s life, do some period crafts and activities and find out more life for kids in the 1950’s.  Each participant will also meet with an older adult to interview them and find out what life was like for them during the 50’s.  The books are written for age 9 to 12 year olds. Registration is limited to a maximum of 15 children.  Participants are expected to come to all of the meetings and do the required readings.

The library will provide copies of the books and materials for the crafts and activities. There is no cost for the program. The focus of the club is on the history and the reading, but all participants who complete all the reading and come to all the programs will get a free doll to keep at the end of the sessions.

 You can register by sending an email to or calling the library at 844-4782. Meetings may be moved indoors, once we can, if the weather prevents an outdoor gathering and all safety protocols will be enforced.

 The club is provided through generous funding from the Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund.DYOF