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Harry Potter Birthday Party!

Thursday, July 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Harry Potter

Calling all wizards, witches, and muggles! You are invited to the Red Balloon School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to celebrate the birthday of the Chosen One himself, Harry Potter! Test your Harry Potter knowledge in our trivia contest, practice your wizarding skills with themed activities, take home a Hogwarts craft, and munch on refreshments from Honeyduke’s. Don’t forget to wear your dress robes (or other garb) and enter the costume contest. We solemnly swear that we are up to having a blast!

*Summer Reading Series* - Margi Preus - Newbery Honor-winning author

Saturday, July 26, 2:00 pm

Margi Preus

Red Balloon welcomes Newbery Honor-winning author Margi Preus in a celebration of books and reading! Margi will share her newest book, West of the Moon, as well as Shadow on the Mountain, a Summer Reading Program selection, and Heart of a Samurai, a Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominee and 2011 Newbery Honor Book. Come for activities, refreshments, and a lot of fun! Spy activities included!

Margi Preus is an acclaimed children’s author and playwright. She has traveled the globe to research her novels and has made many friends along the way. Margi lives in Duluth, Minnesota. www.margipreus.com


S.A. Bodeen, Shipwreck Island - Launch Party!

Tues, July 29, 6:30 pm

S.A. BodeenWhat happens when you mix a yacht in Tahiti and a family vacation gone wrong with the mind of acclaimed author S.A. Bodeen? The result is Shipwreck Island, a thrilling new middle grade adventure series! Celebrate its publication at Red Balloon Bookshop. Test your survival skills with our shipwreck activities, meet author S.A. Bodeen, and celebrate with cake!

S.A. Bodeen is a multi-award-winning children's and teen author whose previous works include the picture book, Elizabeti's Doll, and teen novels, The Compound, The Fallout, and The Raft. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, served in the Peace Corps, and has traveled throughout the United States. She currently lives in the Midwest with her family. www.writersabodeen.com


Where's Waldo Celebration!

Wed, July 30, 6:00 pm

Where's Waldo CelebrationDo you love the Where’s Waldo books? Did you find Waldo around Grand Ave? If you answered yes to either question, join us for a Where’s Waldo Celebration with games, activities, and refreshments! Participants who collect 20 or more stamps or signatures in the “Find Waldo on (or near) Grand Ave” scavenger hunt can turn in their passports and enter our prize drawing. Prizes include gift baskets and gift cards to local businesses and the Grand Prize: a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. Come for great food and fun!

For more information on the “Find Waldo Local” scavenger hunt, visit www.redballoonbookshop.com/findwaldo2014.


Eric Litwin, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House - Outdoor Concert and Meet & Greet

Thurs, July 31, 6:00 pm

Eric LitwinRed Balloon and St. Paul Public Library present Eric Litwin, author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, for a free outdoor family musical event! Grab a blanket and join us on the lawn of the Town Square at the Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue in St. Paul for a rockin’ performance, featuring Eric Litwin’s new series, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House. Eric will share interactive songs and stories that involve kids from start to finish, and promote the joy of books and music. Get ready to sing, dance, and fall in love with literacy! 

In the event of rain, the concert will be held inside the Arlington Hills Community Center.

Families that purchase The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House from Red Balloon Bookshop will gain entry to the Meet & Greet with Eric Litwin after the show! For complete details, visit our Eric Litwin event page.


More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Sun, Aug 3, 2:00 pm - Spot Storytime for Paws on Grand

Wed, Aug 13, 10:30 am - Piano Storytime

Thurs, Aug 14, 10:30 am - Piano Storytime

Fri, Aug 15, 6:30 pm - *Summer Reading Series* Piano on our Patio: Broadway Show Tunes Sing-a-long

Mon, Aug 18, 6:30 pm - Teens Read Book Club

Tues, Aug 19, 10:30 am - Piano Storytime

Tues, Aug 19, 6:00 pm - Educator Night

Wed, Aug 20, 10:30 am - Piano Storytime

Thurs, Aug 21, 10:30 am - Piano Storytime

Thurs, Aug 21, 6:30 pm - Chapter & Verse Book Club

Tues, Aug 26, 10:30 am - Piano Storytime

Tues, Aug 26, 7:00 pm - Eileen Beha, The Secrets of Eastcliff-By-The-Sea - Launch Party!

Thurs, Sept 11, 6:30 pm - Mac Barnett, Telephone

Tues, Sept 16, 6:30 pm - Kelly Barnhill, The Witch's Boy - Launch Party!

Sat, Sept 20, 10:30 am - Curiosity Day with Curious George

Fri, Sept 26, 6:30 pm - Eleanor Glewwe, Sparkers - Launch Party!

Sat, Sept 27, 10:30 am - Mike Wohnoutka, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster - Launch Party!

Sat, Sept 27, 2:00 pm - Mary Losure, Backwards Moon - Launch Party! 

Mon, Sept 29, 6:30 pm - Brian Lies, Bats and the Band - Family event!

Tues, Oct 7, 6:30 pm - Lemony Snicket, "Shouldn't You Be in School?" - ticketed event 

Sat, Oct 11 - Twin Cities Book Festival - Confirmed touring authors include Marie Lu, Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins, and Jessica Day George.

Tues, Oct 21, 6:30 pm - Kendare Blake, Mortal Gods (Antigoddess #2) 

Sat, Oct 25, 10:30 am - Chris Monroe, Bug on a Bike - Launch Party!

Sun, Oct 26, 2:00 pm - Brian Farrey, The Grimjinx Rebellion - Launch Party!

Sat, Nov 8, 10:30 am - Navajo Storytime with Nancy Bo Flood and Dean Magraw

Sat, Nov 8, 2:00 pm - Third Annual Red Balloon Bookshop Poetry Party with Joyce Sidman and her new book, Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

Sat, Nov 15, 4:00 pm - Caragh O'Brien, The Vault of Dreamers 

Sat, Nov 22 - Red Balloon Bookshop's 30th Birthday Bash!



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