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Sat, 21 January | 2:00PM

Join Minnesota author Caren Stelson for reading, discussion, and activities surrounding Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story. This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Inspired by Sachiko’s commitment to nonviolence we’ll rededicate our World Citizen peace pole...

Sat, 4 February | 10:30AM

Now the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars…. Hear all about the Sneetches struggles when our friends from Children's Theatre Company stop by for a special Saturday Sneetches Storytime (brought to you by the letter “S”). In addition to Seussy stories and play, guests can enter to win tickets to the new musical production of the Sneetches, opening...

Thu, 9 February | 6:30PM

Short is the story of Julia who grows into herself the summer her mother signs her up to play a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. Join Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7’s, in conversation with members of Red Balloon’s Girls Read bookclub about this funny, heartwarming new story.  Whether you're a kid, teacher, aspiring summerstock star, or just a fan of a great...

Sat, 18 February | 2:00PM

Alchemists, magicians, mathematicians and more are invited to a magick and alchemy show in honor of the release of Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton Reveal'd. Join local author Mary Losure for an afternoon of wonders including reading, the Ghosts of Light, prizes, cake, and special guest stars the Ephemeral Wizards String Band. Magickal science to be followed by book signing and merriment.




Take a look at a few new books we love
Click on "Staff Favorites" above to see a longer list

Middle Grade

Kid journalist, Thomas, moves into an old apartment building that his parents have been hired to renovate. Monsters in the basement. Thomas has to hire the enigmatic Margo Maloo, a kind of liaison to the monster underworld, to help resolve (non-violently) the tension between Thomas and the monsters he starts to encounter. Subtle messages of tolerance and pro-diversity. Drawings are good, in full color.  -- Matt (RBB Staff)

Picture Books

Whimsical author and illustrator Emily Winfield Martin's (Dream Animals, Day Dreamers) new book is all about getting lost, but making the most of it. A little family wanders into the woods to try and find their new home, and run into all sorts of creatures and friends. Just when they think they'll never find a place to live, they get help from an unlikely acquaintance. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Mimosa has the special ability to use scents and smells and turn them into elixirs to help people fall in love. The only problem is that being surrounded by these scents make people instantly drawn to her. Mim knows that none of them could truly fall in love with her. It is against the rules, anyways. That is, until she makes one elixir mistake involving a cute boy and Mim learns that love is not something you can always control. A unique story idea that is a feast for the senses.  -- Stacy (RBB Staff)


Wideman writes with devastating clarity as he traces his search for the connections between the execution of Louis Till in 1945, and the death of Till's son, Emmett, in 1955. Woven with this narrative are Wideman's thoughts about his own father, and his own summer of 1955, when he, as a fourteen year old black boy, read about Emmett's death. The amazing writing makes it possible to consider the meaning of both deaths.  -- Joan (RBB Staff)

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