Adult Services

Monthly Adult Programs

See this month's programs for adults.

Reading Recommendations and Book Reviews

Here are some really good online resources available through the BadgerLink project:

 Book reviews, annotations, etc., for over 200,000 titles.


Information about authors and their works (from EBSCOhost).



These resources can be used to find reading recommendations and book reviews:

  • BookPage - we also receive copies every month for patrons. They are located on the New Fiction book display.  Quantities are limited.
  • New York Times Best Sellers
  • USA Today Book Reviews and Best Selling Lists
  • Goodreads - Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love
  • Stop, You're Killing Me! - Stop, You’re Killing Me! is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books. They list over 4,900 authors, with chronological lists of their books (over 56,000 titles), both series (5,500+) and non-series.
  • Five Books -They ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview.  This site has an archive of over one thousand interviews, or five thousand book recommendations.  A new interview is published every Monday and Thursday.

Here are some periodicals we subscribe to that are useful for finding new reading material:

  • BookPage - Copies of this monthly publication are located on the New Fiction book display.  Quantities are limited.
  • New York Times Book Review
  • Library Journal


Recordings of Special Programs

I Kept Things I Did Not Need by Jenna Knapp - June 4, 2018

At the Baraboo Public Library on June 4, 2018, Jenna Knapp read excerpts from her book I KEPT THINGS I DID NOT NEED, her exploration of her loss, grief, survival, and healing following the suicide of her aunt, Anne Rakos, on June 4 in 2015. Jenna's presentation was dedicated to Anne and to the organization she founded, The Kids' Ranch, which provides early intervention and prevention programs, especially in literacy and mental wellness, to at-risk children, ages 6 to 10.



Healing & Justice In Our Community Panel Discussion - March 21, 2018


Inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich, an NEA Big Read selection, "Healing & Justice in Our Community: A Panel Discussion" featured Sarah Deer (professor and lawyer), Rick Spoentgen (Assistant Sauk County District Attorney), and Jessica Pichler and Jordan Gilbert (Baraboo Police Department), Anna Raschein (Hope House of South Central Wisconsin), and Treasa Bane (UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Library). Panel members discussed sexual assault in our community, factors associated with its occurrence, community and individual responses to sexual assault, and prevention measures that communities can take to decrease its occurrence.

The NEA Big Read project is a project of University of Wisconsin Colleges and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Colleges’ students, faculty, and staff to bring communities around the state together in a community read. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Programming at the Baraboo Public Library is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Music credits for Healing & Justice in Our Community
“Danse de la pluie” by Renatus Cartesius from the album Congé en automne at
“Crepuscolo” by Walter Mazzaccaro from the album E’ tornado il sole at

Recordings of Periodic Programs

Story Time for Adults

The Baraboo Public Library periodically hosts story time programs for adults, in which talented readers read short stories, book excerpts, essays or poems.





Poetry Reading and Recitation Project

The Baraboo Public Library periodically hosts poetry events in which participants can recite or read poems, either original or written by a favorite poet.