The Great Read

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Follow the Yellow Book Road!

Our 2019 community read focuses on Frank L. Baum’s enduring 1900 classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which tells the story of the magical journey of Dorothy Gale, her dog, Toto, and the faithful friends she meets along the way to the Emerald City. First published in Chicago, the book captured the hearts of readers and spawned countless book, movie and musical adaptations, and it’s timeless themes of adventure, friendship and good versus evil continue to live on today.  

Attend any Great Read program or read a The Wonderful Wizard of Oz related book to enter a free drawing to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

The Great Read is proudly presented by the Fountaindale Public Library District; Joliet Junior College; Joliet Public Library; Plainfield Public Library District; Plainfield School District 202; and the White Oak Library District.

The Great Read is also supported by generous grants and in-kind support from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence; the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library; Plainfield Township; the Joliet-area Barnes & Noble store; Voyager Media; and participating organizations.

 The Great Read Kick Off on Thursday, January 31, 6:30 PM

Joliet Public Library Ottawa Street Branch, 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

Follow the yellow book road to the Joliet Public Library Ottawa Street Branch to kick off the Great Read. Bring your heart, brains and courage and and compete in Oz trivia during this "Toto"lly great night. Teams can be as large as 5 people, with singles welcomed who can be matched into teams. Refreshments provided. Registration required

 The Great Read Finale on Thursday, February 28, 6:30 PM

Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield

Prizes, giveaways and refreshments, oh my! Celebrate the culmination of this year’s Great Read by watching The Wizard of Oz (Rated G). Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character for a chance to win prizes. Refreshments and book giveaways (while supplies last).


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Art Contest Rules


Entries submitted at this location will be displayed in the Library and winners in each category will receive a gift card. Visit for entry forms and full details.