Off to see the ‘Wizard’ at Wheeler Library

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Staff Report
Published: 1/12/2020 4:32:50 PM
Modified: 1/12/2020 4:32:06 PM

The Wheeler Memorial Library will screen an interactive version of the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

During the showing, children and adults may sing along with help from subtitles and join the action using props provided by the library. An intermission will include snacks and activities.

The movie is based on the book “The Wizard of Oz,” written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900. The book and movie have inspired musicals, mobile apps, television for both children and adults, board games, and more.

The story’s themes of family, friendship, and the struggle against seemingly impossible odds continue to resonate with modern audiences. References to “The Wizard of Oz” abound in popular culture, helping to keep this 80-year-old movie relevant to modern audiences.

“When I was young, I found Dorothy Gale’s homesickness and her ability to make friends very relatable,” says Wheeler Memorial Library Children’s Librarian Jason Sullivan-Flynn in a prepared statement. “And the songs are great. ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard,’ ‘If I Only Had a Brain,’ and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ are instantly recognizable to those who have seen the movie. This interactive showing puts a fun twist on the viewing experience and is a great way to introduce the movie to kids.”

The interactive showing of “The Wizard of Oz” is best for children ages 6 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling the Wheeler Memorial Library Children’s Room at 978-544-2495, Ext. 103.

Questions about this program may be directed to Sullivan-Flynn at jsulllivan-flynn@orangelib.org. The library is at 49 East Main St.


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