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The Wizard of Oz


Today’s adventure dig’s into another classic story. Many people know and love the movie version, but did you know there’s also a book called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum? Join us to read the story and explore some of our favourite parts of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  

Enjoy the story

Whether you are revisiting a favourite, or reading the story for the first time, we invite you to access the classic novel through our online collection.   

With your RHPL library card read the story through Proquest’s Ebook Central by following the link to the record available here

The original novel is also available through Hoopla both as an e-book and as an e-audiobook.

If the audiobook idea appeals to you, or if you don’t have a RHPL library card, you might want to check out the read-along version available on Tumblebooks. Once you are in the resource, use the search icon at the top to search for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  

Make Your Own (Not-So-Yellow) Brick Road  

Grab some newspaper, scrap paper, or some extra printer sheets, and make your own road. Lay the sheets out in the living or in the back yard or wherever there is space for some tricky jumps and loop-the-loops. Add a couple obstacles and then challenge yourself or your family members to travel along the road. Make the challenge harder by adding a backwards or one foot version.  

From the Yellow Brick Road to the Blue Bin!

As Dorothy traveled along the Yellow Brick Road she found and made amazing friends such as the Lion, the Tinman and the Scarecrow.  You can find and make amazing friends too but since Richmond Hill doesn’t have any Yellow Brick Roads we suggest you raid your blue bin to see what you can upcycle into a new friend. Are there lots of cans and foil? See if you can make yourself a Tinman. If you have lots of paper and cardboard, maybe a Scarecrow is more likely to be found. For an extra challenge, see if you can create a Lion or maybe even a Dorothy! Talk to your adults to see if they can help you scavenge for other supplies (such as tin foil, pipe cleaners, sticks and twigs) and some heavy duty glue options.

Need some inspiration? Check out this blog entry on Playground Park Bench by Meghan to see what she and her daughter were able to create. 

Tonight: The Shows Must Go On!

The Shows Must Go On is an initiative featuring some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best musical production.  Each week a different show is aired on YouTube on Friday night at 7:00 pm and is available for 48 hours afterwards. This week the feature is a musical call “The Wiz” which is a snappy take on the classic story we all love with an R&B/Soul influence.

Get excited for the show with this teaser clip of cast performing one of the songs from the show.  

Here is the link you will need to watch the show later this evening. 

Parents, if you want an idea of what to expect, here is the link for the reviews available on Common Sense Media a site that provides relevant feedback from a parent’s point of view.