Wednesday, October 23, 2013



KI Convention Center - Rotunda
333 Main Street, Green Bay, WI
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

What will you bring to the fight against censorship? Bring your voice and your favorite banned work of multicultural literature! Bring It: Banned Books Read-In is a celebration of intellectual freedom and literature reflecting the diversity of our communities.

The read-in will include the presentation of the 2013 WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award to the Appleton Area School District and School Board. Join us in recognizing their dedication to upholding the principles of intellectual freedom.

Come and learn about Libros Milwaukee, an underground library centered on Mexican American expression, perspective, and history. The underground library seeks to eliminate barriers of access and provide a welcoming environment where community members of all ages, races, and ethnicities can access Mexican American cultural works and Ethnic Studies literature.  Donations to Libros Milwaukee will be accepted at the event.

** Sponsored by EMIERT and IFRT**

Monday, October 14, 2013

Let's rethink Columbus

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Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson, was published in Milwaukee, WI as a classroom and community tool to discuss the problems with glorifying Columbus' "discovery" of the Americas and gives voice to the many silenced voices and stories "that help explain how this has become such a profoundly unequal world, but also how people have constantly sought greater justice."

Learn more about the banning (or boxing) of this particular book that was part of the dismantled Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Banned Books - Milwaukee event on Wednesday, 09/25, 6pm at Woodland Pattern Book Center

Librotraficante Milwaukee is pleased to serve as a co-sponsor of the Banned Books - Milwaukee event on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 6:00pm at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212.

We partner with the ACLU of Wisconsin, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Renaissance Theaterworks, Wisconsin Center for the Book, STITCH Milwaukee, and Bronzeville Arts Ensemble for a night to celebrate our freedom to access information and literature from all viewpoints. Join us for snacks and drinks at 6:00pm. Banned book readings and performances will last from 7:00 to 8:30pm. An after-party will continue at Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee, so if you can't arrive early, come find us there.

The event is FREE and you can even win prizes for dressing up in costumes inspired by banned books, banned authors, etc. See details and share with your contacts via

ACLU of Wisconsin describes what Banned Books Week is all about:
Started in 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the wealth of creative expression that is stifled when books can be forbidden from library shelves. The ACLU has always vigilantly defended the First Amendment and the right to free speech. We believe in an educated citizenry and a society where ideas are openly disseminated, discussed, and debated. And throughout our history, we have worked to protect the right to access information, and the right to make up your own mind.

Libros Milwaukee will be present to discuss the censorship of Mexican American literature in Tucson, Arizona, and the development of the Libros Milwaukee library of Mexican American studies and ethnic studies literature. Book and monetary donations for the Libros Milwaukee library will be accepted at the event. Browse the book wish list at

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bless Me, Ultima film screening SECURED!

Bless Me, Ultima film screening presented by Librotraficante is officially secured because of your early online reservation at Marcus Southgate Cinema on April 10th! THANK YOU!!

For those of you who have not yet purchased your tickets, no need to worry or feel discouraged. We have approximately 56 seats left to join your fellow Librotraficante supporters to attend this exclusive event. So please buy your tickets and reserve your seats before they are sold out at
Feel free to also enjoy reading the book Bless Me, Ultima before or after the film screening. See you there!

Friday, March 8, 2013

BLESS ME, ULTIMA Film Screening in Milwaukee - 04/10/2013

Librotraficante Milwaukee presents the screening of Bless Me, Ultima, a film adaptation of the classic novel by Rudolfo Anaya at the Marcus Southgate Cinema in Milwaukee, WI on Wed, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. This one-time screening will have limited seating, so buy your tickets as soon as possible.

Buy your tickets online today at

Based on the controversial, first award-winning Chicano novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy, Antonio (Luke Ganalon), growing up in New Mexico during World War II.  When a mysterious curandera (healer) named Ultima (Miriam Colon) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world.  As their relationship grows, Antonio begins to question his strict upbringing by his parents (Dolores Heredia & Benito Martinez).  Through a series of mysterious and at times terrifying events, Antonio must grapple with questions about the nature of divinity and his own destiny.  Watch the trailer at

The Milwaukee County Library System has copies of the book, "Bless Me, Ultima."   Read the book before or after the screening and check out the reader's guide,

Monday, January 14, 2013

Join the Librotraficante Milwaukee Facebook Group

If you are in the Milwaukee area, join the Librotraficante Milwaukee group Facebook page to get involved in our plans:

We will collaborate virtually and share information about planning meetings.  Check it out and join today!