Winter & Spring 2023 Lecture Series - The Historical Wizard of Oz
Thursday May 11th at 7pm

*This program will be held virtually on Zoom. Register here:

Just hearing the name “Oz” conjures up fantastic images, adventures, and heartfelt memories. So many of us can recite the plot of the famous story, but how many of us really know what went into creating it?  What influences did L. Frank Baum have in his life as he created what is widely acknowledged as America’s First Fairytale? Librarian Laura Keyes will separate fact from fiction as she shares the fantastic story of this amazing man, who created The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Laura Keyes portrayed Dorothy Gale in a school production of The Wizard of Oz when she was in 5th grade. She enjoys researching literary symbolism, and is contracted to write a book on that subject. Laura was invited to speak at The Yellow Brick Road in the 21st Century Conference. Laura is currently the Director of the Dunlap Public Library District in Central Illinois.

All programs are free and open to the public.  If you have questions, please call 609-399-2434 ext. 5222 or email