Vol. 5 No. 1 (2020)

Baraboo Reads

Treasa Bane
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Published December 19, 2020
  • anti-Semitism, community, diversity, book club, programming, failure
How to Cite
Bane, T. (2020). Baraboo Reads. Journal of New Librarianship, 5(1), 78-86. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/9/8


After an incident of anti-Semitism occurring at the Baraboo (WI) High School, the Baraboo community initiated a Community Action Plan. Baraboo Reads, a collaborative effort between the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus, Baraboo Public Library, Baraboo High School library, and middle school library, became a part of that action plan. As an academic librarian, I was involved in the planning, budgeting, and selection for Baraboo Reads. The Baraboo Reads was a complacent failure, but there is much to be learned about the impact of these types of incidents on small communities and how larger efforts toward inclusivity can be learned from such failures.