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Starkville Reads Announces the Fall 2014
One Book, One Community Selection


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

Be sure to read the book. Get a copy from the library or download one online!

Coming Events for the Wizard

Book displays at Starkville Public Library beginning in August

Possible dates for fall programs

September 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm at SPL

Panel Discussion led by Ted Atkinson, Devon Brenner, and colleague. Tentative plan is for the panel to focus on three topics:

1) Wizard in the context of children's literature--how it extends, revises, or introduces tropes within that tradition

2) Dorothy as heroine, particularly in relation to changing gender roles and ideas of domesticity

3) afterlives of Wizard--how selected adaptations and allusions (the 1939 film, The Wiz, Wicked, for example) retain or reimagine key elements of the original book.

October 7, 2014 - 6:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian SHS/SA musical review and sing-along

October 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm at Armstrong lawn Screening of the The Wizard of Oz movie with an introduction by Rob Brown. Free admission, possible costume contest with prizes to be movie theater tickets, possible cotton candy and/or popcorn.

All Starkville Reads programs are free and open to the public.


Starkville Reads sponsors Basket of Books
at the following places:

1. The Food Bank at St. Joseph Catholic Church
2. Emerson Family School
3. Oktibbeha County Health Department
4. The Wash Depot on Highway 25

The books are available for free to readers at the above locations. Donations for the Basket of Books Project are very much appreciated. Books and magazinesStarkville Reads logo both may be donated. For more information or to donate books, contact Marty Friend (, Bonnie Feig, or Diane Freese. Books may also be brought to the programs or you can email or call one of the above members.




Starkville Reads programs are free to the public, but tax deductible contributions are very much appreciated and may brought to our programs or mailed to

Starkville Reads
P. O. Box 80100
Starkville, MS 39759



Want to become a member of the advisory board? Join us for the next meeting. Starkville Reads Advisory Board meets every third Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library.



Updated July 20, 2014
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