Banned Books Con

Save the date! Banned Books Con. October 1-7 Dane County public libraries. Logos: Beyond the Page, Madison Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities. Image of person reading a book, half their face in shadow, in the style of a graphic novel. Rainbow watercolor background.

Join us October 1-7, 2023 to celebrate the freedom to read!

Dane County Public Libraries will host several events (in person and virtual) throughout the week including banned book clubs, author visits, a panel discussion and freedom to read celebrations. 

Join the conversation on social media! Share a banned book selfie or a reflection on why you support the freedom to read using #BannedBooksCon


Sunday, October 1st | Panel discussion on censorship and intellectual freedom

2-3:30pm at Sun Prairie Public Library


  • Bianca Martin, Host of City Cast Madison


  • Dr. Ashley White, Asst. Prof. at UW-Madison and Education Fellow for the NAACP
  • Erick Plumb, Director of Waunakee Public Library
  • Brittany Gitzlaff, Children's Librarian at Waunakee Public Library
  • Teresa Voss, School Librarian at Verona Area School District

Monday, October 2nd | Author talk & book signing: Mike Curato

6:30-8pm at Waunakee Public Library

Livestream link available on the day of the event (will not be recorded)

black and white headshot of Mike Curato, a filipino man with a thick mustache, wearing a light colored t-shirt and smiling softly










Tuesday, October 3rd | Global livestream with author Jacqueline Woodson

12-1pm at Fitchburg, Deerfield and Oregon 

Join Jacqueline Woodson for Books and Beyond. Tuesday, October 3rd | via Zoom | 12pm central Image of Jacquline Woodson smiling in foreground, a woman with medium brown skin and short black hair worn in twists, wearing a bright magenta button down shirt with large white tropical leaf print. Four of her YA and children's books are shown against a bright, colorful background. Titles: Remember Us, Brown Girl Dreaming, Before the Ever After, and The Day You Begin.













Thursday, October 5th | Author talk & book signing: Ellen Hopkins

6-8pm at Sequoya Library (Madison Public Library)

Livestream link available on the day of the event (will not be recorded)

Ellen Hopkins












Friday, October 6th | Freedom to Read Celebrations

Saturday, October 7th | Freedom to Read Celebrations


Plus, join a banned book club! More coming soon...