Three Years Ago: Kirsten Larson & Close Friends of the New York Public Library. @CoreyKilgannon. @NYTimes

Aug 28, 2016, 12:29 AM

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Three Years Ago: Kirsten Larson & Close Friends of the New York Public Library. @CoreyKilgannon. @NYTimes

"...The children began adopting Kirsten for days or weeks at a time, the way they would borrow a book. The library system does not typically lend out dolls, so Thea Taube, the children’s librarian at the branch, kept it unofficial. She did not require names or library cards from borrowers but rather relied on the honor system. Some children kept the doll for several weeks, she said.

Now after dozens of trips over the years, Kirsten is worn out and is being shipped to the company’s doll hospital in Middleton, Wis., to have her loosened arm and leg joints fixed and her hair, which has become matted from being styled and restyled countless times, replaced.

She will also receive a new wardrobe and accessories, since Kirsten’s boots, apron, knit stockings and bonnet – everything but her dress – have all been long lost, something that Ms. Taube said was a result of “a lot of love over the years.”

A group of Kirsten’s other favorite caretakers gathered recently at the library for a going-away party, drawing get-well cards and relishing one last play-date with the doll...."

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/doll-of-pioneers-spirit-explores-the-city-one-loan-at-a-time/