During the election many advocates in favor of the library millage spoke of the library as a family experience that they remembered from their childhood and wished to share with their children. This December their wish comes true as the Baldwin Library hosts a Wizard of Oz festival . It starts this Sunday with Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen. Initially The producers wanted to eliminate the song believing it slowed down the pace of the movie. Luckily they were talked out of it.
In the last 90 years many other "Oz" books have been written but they differ in style,and quality and often present an "Oz" different from that of Fran Baum. One lady Ruth Plumly Thompson wrote 19 "Oz" books for Baum's original publisher but her style is markedly different and she irritated purists by respelling the kingdom of "Nome" as "Gnome."
To get your free E Oz Books.
- First consult the list of Frank Baum OZ titles listed above so you know what your looking for. There are thirteen of the fourteen titles available. The best list I have seen is the one linked to Frank Baum in red type three paragraphs back. That one lists all the titles in order, provides cover illustrations, and a short plot synopsis.
- Armed with the titles you may now go to the upper right hand side of this page. Under the heading "Baldwin Library" click on the third listing down which begins with the words "Click Here." Then look at the lower left hand corner of the page for a box that looks like
- Click on the Download Now. A page with a with many book icons will appear. At the top of the page is a search engine box. You will need to make two separate searches. one for Frank Baum and another for Oz. By doing so you will be able to get all 13 titles. The book icons have the Title of the book, the author's name and below each book is the word Download Click on this and the book will automatically download to the download file on your computer.No special software is required. You do not need a library card . Just a desire to own or read the books With a fast computer you can do all thirteen titles in five minutes. If your computer is slower than molasses in January it might take an hour .There are five pages of Frank Baum and three pages of Oz to paw through.