Lunch With Books conversation goes over the rainbow Tuesday

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library’s weekly Lunch With Books series continues at noon on Tuesday with a conversation in conjunction with Wheeling Film Society’s screening of the film classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. today at Towngate Cinema.

Generations of fans of “The Wizard of Oz” grew up watching the perennially beloved film on tiny, grainy television sets, marred by cuts and commercial-breaks that fractured continuity but gave kids time to catch their breath between bouts with wicked witches and flying monkeys. The film, which turns 80 this year, continues to speak to the kid in all of us — as well as to avant-garde novelists like Salman Rushdie and filmmakers like David Lynch.

After you see it again at Towngate, take the “Kansas test” — is it really true that “There’s no place like home?” Also, the wizard is nothing but a “humbug,” but what of a film that reassures us it was “just a dream?” While it was hardly an overnight success, few films have managed to probe deeper inside our fears, hopes — and dreams. The host will be John Whitehead.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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