FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Don't be late! Don't be late ... for a very important date!

On May 6, Child, Youth and School Services and the Post Library will host the annual American Girl Tea Party in the Joe E. Mann Center ballroom. This year, the party's them will be "Alice In Wonderland." Be prepared for a visit from the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts herself.

The tea party is free to the community and will include refreshments, crafts and prize drawings, including American Girl merchandise and prizes donated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite doll or in their Sunday best and to bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal to the party. There will be an owner and doll look-a-like contest with an American Girl doll as the grand prize.

Through May 2, Thomas Lee Hall library patrons between the ages of 6 and 14 will receive an American Girl reading log. Each time a book is checked out, the child will get a stamp on the log (limit of one stamp per day). Once the log is filled, the child may submit it to be entered to win an American Girl doll. The child must submit the entry form in person.

The grand prize winner will receive the doll at the American Girl Tea Party.

American Girl dolls characters lived during significant time periods in American history and are from several different cultural backgrounds. Created in 1986, by Pleasant Rowland, the franchise has expanded to include books, magazines, a website and movie production.

For more information about the American Girl Tea Party and to RSVP, call Beverly Metcalfe at 751-3053. RSVP is required by May 2.