Baraboo Reads

Picture showing librarians Lawrence Gillick, Jessica Bergin, and Treasa Bane assessing a book for Baraboo Reads

What is Baraboo Reads?

An alliance of professionals involved in fostering education and reading in the Baraboo area will present a series of book discussions in April for people of all ages, focused on books with themes  of unity, equity, and inclusivity. Partners in the Baraboo Reads project are the Baraboo Public Library, the Baraboo School District, and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County. The project is part of the Community Action Plan that has so far included Baraboo Gathers, Baraboo Talks, and Baraboo Acts. The action plan was formed in response to the controversial photo that gained media attention in November 2018.

Books We Will Read

Books will be available for students and community members by the end of February, with discussion events to be held in April. Baraboo Reads planners have chosen The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate by Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka for the adult and high school portion of the project. An assortment of books will be available for elementary and middle grade students to choose, with titles from diverse perspectives, focusing on the experiences of people of color, people who are gender and sexuality diverse, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, as well as social issues such as immigration and poverty.

Baraboo Public Library director Jessica Bergin said, “Our mission is to bring our community together to learn and grow through reading and discussion on these important topics. It’s never too early – or too late – to open our minds to knowledge about our neighbors and fellow citizens.”

How You Can Help

The group is accepting tax-deductible donations to help purchase books for the project. Contributions (checks made payable to Baraboo Public Library) may be made by mail or in person at the library. Donations should be accompanied by the Contribution Form, which may be downloaded and printed out, so the contributions may be properly directed to the Baraboo Reads project, and donors may receive appropriate recognition and a tax receipt, if desired.

How You Can Participate

There will be a number of book discussions held during April. We will post these events on this page as details become available.

For more information about the Baraboo Reads project, contact Jessica Bergin at or 608-356-6166.