Ashland University Bookstore Develops American Girl Club; Event Set

3/3/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Bookstore is inviting students and community members to be a part of its new American Girl Club.

On Friday, March 18, the bookstore is hosting an American Girl Pajama Party from 6 to 8 p.m. The American Girl Pajama Party will feature food, refreshments, stories and activities and participants are encouraged to bring their dolls. The event is free and open to the public. The bookstore is located in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center on the Ashland University campus.

Terri Hudson, Ashland University Bookstore director, said anyone in the Ashland area can join the club. "We want to think of ways to widen our influence to let people know we're not just a campus store, but a community store as well," Hudson said.

The bookstore teamed with Ashland University's Youth and Literacy Team to create the American Girl Club. Collectively, the groups aim to unite girl readers for fun activities and educate on historical and current affairs. For younger-aged girls the activities will consist of arts and crafts, while the older individuals will focus on storytelling.

Hudson said many people have already signed up to be in the club, and there is no limit to how many can join.

The American Girl is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The books feature girls throughout history, such as girls from the American Revolution, the Great Depression and the 1970s.

For more information, contact Hudson at 419-289-5300, by email at thudson1@ashland.edu<mailto:thudson1@ashland.edu> or the website at www.ashlandbookstore.com<http://www.ashlandbookstore.com>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.