Centrally Rooted, a Dubuque-based nonprofit organization that focuses on brain health through creative expression, will host Jacqueline Hunter, founder of Oh Happy Play, in a special “Learn and Play” event based on the American Girl book series and doll brand. American Girl books aim to educate, empower, promote understanding, spark important conversations, and create change.

Discover the worlds of Josephina, Kirstin, Molly, Addy and Felicity through storytelling, engaging activities and creative writing. Participants will learn about important people, places and events in American history. Inspired by the American Girl stories, participants will be creating their own storybook for their doll.  AG Days aren’t just about history and writing, they are about making friends and creating unforgettable memories. Program dates are Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 on April 7, 21 and May 5, 19 at Centrally Rooted, 2230 Central Ave., Dubuque, IA.

Cost is free, although pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 8 – 12. Participants may bring their own 18 inch doll or one will be provided.

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Oh Happy Play is a non-profit organization that supports the Pedagogy of Play, thus committed to the idea that play is central to how children learn. Learning is not relegated to only school experiences but takes place everywhere, all the time.  The goal is to combine the joy of play with the importance of learning.

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