"The Wizard of Oz" was originally published in 1900. It premiered as a movie in 1939 starring Judy Garland. This timeless story still captures the imagination of people throughout the world. Ruben Ramirez began collecting "Wizard of Oz" memorabilia four years ago. You can see part of Ramirez's extensive collection on display at the Buena Park Library District in the Library’s lobby and is here now through the end of December 2007. The Library is located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues.
Ramirez kicked off his display on November 6, 2007 by displaying some of his larger pieces on the Library's Main Floor. There were posters signed by some of the original Munchkins, costumes, trading cards and headshots of Judy Garland. Currently on display in the Library are Christmas ornaments, books, stamps, lunchboxes, sculptures and dolls. Many of the items are gifts that friends and family have given Ruben over the years. In his spare time, Ramirez likes to do crafts and his workmanship shines with a pair of handcrafted ruby-slippers.
The Library also has a large selection of "Oz" books written by L. Frank Baum on display and ready to check out. So drop in on the Library (no twister needed) and admire a perennial favorite. Don't make us get the flying monkeys!
The Buena Park Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, please call the Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, ext. 125.