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Storybook Dollhouse on Display at the Electra C. Doren Branch Library

Literature in Miniature: Storybook Dollhouse on Display at the Electra C. Doren Branch Library

dollhouseA unique little house has appeared in the Children's Area of the Electra C. Doren Branch of Dayton Metro Library. The Storybook Dollhouse, a seven-room house and tiny yard, contains more than 50 different clues to children's stories, nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Most of the clues were handmade by Gwen Owen, who works in the Library's External Relations Department.

"It's like a game of I Spy," said Owen. "Everybody, no matter how old or young, seems to get caught up in it, trying to spot clues and guess what stories they are from."

There are clues to literary classics such as Peter Pan and The Secret Garden, and contemporary favorites like Lily's Purple Plastic Purse and Martha Speaks. Some clues are easier to find than others.

"I was inspired by a similar dollhouse at the Chicago Public Library," said Owen. "I wanted our library to have one too, so when I won this house in a raffle in 2010, I knew immediately what I would do with it."

She added five more clues before putting the house on display at the Electra Branch.

The dollhouse will remain on display through April at Library, located at 701 Troy Street. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Call the Library at 937-496-8928 if you need more information.

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