Join award-winning YA authors  Jacqueline West  ( Last Things ),  Pete Hautman  ( Road Tripped ),  Kirstin Cronn-Mills  ( Wrecked ) &  Bryan Bliss  ( We’ll Fly Away ) for an evening of authors, books, treats, and more!
Thursday, May 2, 10:30 am
Storytime with Anna Dewdney Read Together Award-winning author Cori Doerrfeld and THE RABBIT LISTENED
Saturday, May 4, 10:30 am
Star Wars Stories & Padawan Party!  
Saturday, May 4, 3:00 pm
Kate Allen, THE LINE TENDER Launch Party! Details here
Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 pm
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME Launch Party!   Details here
Thursday, May 9, 10:30 am
Llama Destroys Storytime!  
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 pm
Christine Riccio, AGAIN, BUT BETTER Book Talk & Signing! Details here
The Loft Wordplay | Saturday, May 11 - Sunday, May 12
The Loft's Wordplay , presented by St. Catherine University and the Star Tribune, is coming this May featuring  Stephen King Mitch Albom Amy Tan Dave Barry Bill McKibben Tommy Orange Jared Diamond , and many more! We're selling books at this event and hope to see you there!

Wordplay is:
- A family friendly event for all ages
- A place for interesting & provocative conversations
- A creative way to engage readers & writers
By Jenn Harney

 Dad's getting mad but Bear doesn't care because he's making jokes about underwear! Read it in your secret lair, sitting on your favorite chair, maybe even buy a pair. You just can't beat UNDERWEAR!   — Angela (RBB Staff)
Our Castle by the Sea
By Lucy Strange

Pet lives in a lighthouse in England with her father, her sister Mags, and Mutti, her mother. It is the beginning of WWII and everyone is worried about a German invasion. Someone in their village is in league with the enemy, and it is Pet's German mother who is accused and sent to an internment camp. Pet must cope with her secretive sister, her stubborn father, and the strange man who lives nearby. She is a girl afraid of so much, and yet, she throws herself into the mystery and magic surrounding her, and comes out so much stronger. Although this is written for the 8-12 year old there is death, and estrangement, and all of the emotions that most adults have difficulty with; an excellent book showing us the true tragedy of war. Perfect for those who love The War That Saved My Life , by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  — Julie (RBB Staff)
By Samira Ahmed

Layla is incarcerated, with her family and others, simply because she is Muslim. In a camp under constant surveillance by camera, drone, and guards, where people are beaten and then disappear, most people keep their heads down and hope things will get better. Layla cannot. But she can’t effectively resist without trusting others. Can she trust her new friends? The seemingly-sympathetic guard? Her boyfriend, who lives outside in freedom? Taut with tension between high stakes and the need for action,  Internment  challenges us to think about a future that is just a half-step away from our present.   — Joan (RBB Staff)
Stone Mothers
By Erin Kelly

In Stone Mothers what we learn is that we can never know a person. We may think we do, we may base our lives on what we believe about that person, but we can never know everything. Split into thirds, this story is told from the perspective of three different, and yet very connected, people. There is murder, and mental illness, all taking place against a rainy English backdrop. Marianne comes back to her small hometown to take care of her mother, Helen is brought into Marianne's life unsuspectingly, Honor is treading on the doorstep of insanity, and we only think we now what will happen . — Julie (RBB Staff)
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Summer Camp Registration is OPEN
Have your kiddos spend some of their Summer with Red Balloon at a bookishly imaginative camp ! Whether they're a princess or prince with a secret identity, a wizard-in-training, or a friend of Gerald & Piggie, we have a camp for them! Our awesome RBB camp counselors cannot WAIT to play games, create, read stories, and so much more!

Registration is open NOW for all camps!
Art Contest Deadline Extended!
If you're a school-aged kid or teen, help us create one of the prizes for our summer reading challenge by designing an amazing new bookmark ! The winning bookmarks will be professionally printed and given out, and all entries will be displayed the beginning of June!

We have loved the entries we've gotten so much that we're extending the deadline to May 17, 2019 !

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