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Saturday Spanish Storytime

Saturday, Apr 19, 10:30 am

Spanish Storytime

Come to Red Balloon for a special Saturday edition of Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español! Ven, te esperamos! (Recommended for ages birth-3)

Since 2003, the Language Sprout Learning Center has partnered with children, parents, and schools throughout the Twin Cities to revolutionize multilingual education in Minnesota. Start learning a foreign language today!www.languagesprout.com

Teens Read Book Club

Monday, Apr 21, 6:30 pm

Teens Read

DO YOU WANT TO READ SOMETHING NEW? Really new? Not-even-available-to-the-public new? Then join Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club, open to teens in 7th-12th grade!  Every month, each teen participant will select one Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of an upcoming book, write a short review, and come back the next month to talk about it. Other opportunities include planning author events and book parties, volunteering at the store, blogging, and more. Come to hang with friends, eat snacks, and discover your next favorite book!  

Teens Read is currently full, but please email Amy at events@redballoonbookshop.com to join the waiting list.


Andrea Cremer, The Inventor's Secret - Launch Party!

Tuesday, Apr 22, 6:30 pm

Andrea Cremer

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure, The Inventor’s Secret! Join Andrea aboard the Red Balloon Airship as we celebrate the launch of her thrilling new series.  Come for steampunk activities, a book signing, and refreshments. Steampunk cosplay is encouraged!

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift and Rise. She is also the author of Invisibility, which she co-wrote with David Levithan. When she's not writing novels, Andrea puts her Ph.D. to work teaching classes in writing and history at Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, MN. You can visit her online at www.AndreaCremer.com or follow her on Twitter @andreacremer.

Guys Read Book Club

Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00 pm

Guys Read

Attention Boys! If you’re a guy in 4th -6th grade, then you’re welcome to join the Guys Read Book Club at Red Balloon. Every month the group will pick an awesome book to read and talk about. Bring along a male adult. Dad. Brother. Uncle. Cousin. Neighbor. Friend. Etc. (Because believe it or not, they were once boys too!) This month we'll be discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. For more info and to sign up, please call Red Balloon: 651-224-8320.


YA Author Party featuring Molly Backes, James Klise, and Philip Siegal!

Friday, Apr 25, 6:30 pm

Local teens, please join us for an entertaining evening of SECRETS, SCANDALS and SABOTAGE, when we welcome three Chicago-area YA authors: M. Molly Backes, The Princesses of Iowa, James Klise, The Art of Secrets, and Philip Siegel, The Break-Up Artist.

 All three authors combine humor and suspense in their realistic stories about contemporary teens in crisis. These guests will read from their acclaimed new novels, answer questions from the audience, and sign books. Refreshments will be served.


More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Sat, Apr 26, 10:30 am - Michael Hall, It's an Orange Aardvark! - Book Party!

Sat, Apr 26, 2:00 pm - Maud Hart Lovelace Awards

Sat, May 3, 10:30 am - Cat in the Hat Storytime with Children's Theatre Company

Sat, May 3, 2:00 pm - Craft Day!

Sun, May 4, 2:00 pm - "May the 4th be with You" Star Wars Party!

Friday, May 9, 6:30 pm - Rebecca Hahn, Creature of Moonlight - Launch Party! 

Sat, May 10, 10:30 am - Lauren Stringer (illus.), Deer Dancer - Launch Party!

May 12-May 17 - Children's Book Week - activities and prizes all week long! 

Sat, May 17, 10:30 am - Indies First Storytime Day

Sat, May 17, 2:00 pm - Community Reporter Poetry Contest Winners 

Sun, June 1 - Grand Old Day

Tues, June 17, 6:30 pm - Jacqueline West, Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere #5) - Launch Party!

Sun, June 22, 5:00 pm - Fierce Reads Tour with Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14), and Jennifer Mathieu (The Truth About Alice)

Fri, June 27, 6:30 pm - Joelle Charbonneau, Graduation Day (The Testing #3)


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