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The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum (November 2013 - September 2014)

Rare Book Room Display : Mainfloor, Central Library


Just one book started it all. With the children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, author L. Frank Baum created an abundance of iconic images, sayings and memories for children and adults alike, which continues even to this day. This modern American fairy tale, the first of the 14 Oz books written by Baum, began a tradition of pleasurable reading for children and set a standard for juvenile literature. 

Through original first edition Oz books as well as Wizard of Oz collectibles, and other illustrations and publications, The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum exhibit follows Baum’s yellow brick road, exploring his early life, the writing and marketing of the Oz stories.  Displays about the subsequent and adaptive productions on stage and screen, music and pop imagery all help to exemplify our collective cultural consciousness of “There’s no place like home.”