Dorothy Lazard is the retired head librarian of the Oakland History Center and an author. She has been such a great resource for history lovers that she has her own fan club on social media, #DorothyLazardFanClub.

Lazard was born in St. Louis but grew up in San Francisco and Oakland. She joined the Oakland Public Library in 2000, and was head of the history center from 2009 until her retirement in 2021.

She has a book coming out in 2023 from Heyday Books titled What You Don't Know Will Make a Whole New World: A Memoir. It is available for pre-order from Walden Pond Books, and may also be available at other local bookstores. Dorothy says: "support your local bookstore!"

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