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10/26/2021 - 7:00pm

Yvonne Pearson & Regina Shlovsky, Little Loon Finds His Voice

Get ready for a special after-dinner edition of storytime on Zoom where we celebrate the release of Little Loon Finds his Voice with local author Yvonne Pearson and illustrator Regina Shklovsky! Yvonne and Regina will share their lovely new story about Minnesota's favorite bird...

10/27/2021 - 6:30pm

Club Book: Kawai Strong Washburn, SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS

Chart-topping novelist Kawai Strong Washburn lives in Minnesota but hails proudly from the Big Island of Hawai’i. His upbringing on the magical Hāmākua Coast inspires and infuses his first fiction foray, Sharks in the Time of Saviors. It centers on the family of Nainoa “Noa” Flores, a native son...

10/30/2021 - 10:30am

Drew Brockington, Waffles & Pancake: Planetary-YUM

Bundle up and head to Red Balloon Bookshop for a parking lot party with local author Drew Brockington and his new early reader graphic novel, Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-YUM! Join Drew, Red Balloon storyteller Angela, and two very special guest stars (Waffles and Pancake!) for a...

11/03/2021 - 12:00pm

Club Book: Maggie O’Farrell, HAMNET
VIRTUAL EVENT hosted by Ramsey County Library

Internationally acclaimed British writer Maggie O’Farrell has authored eight bestselling novels. Readers and critics praise her “demonstrated mastery at depicting strained relationships, skewed family loyalties, and the just reachable light at the end of the tunnel” (Star Tribune). Standouts include her Betty Trask...

Take a look at a few new books we love
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Picture Books

Sejal, her mother, and her grandmother are taking a trip to India to see the place where three oceans meet. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about three generations going to their family's homeland. As an Indian-American, this book really resonated with me—I almost cried while reading it for storytime. But at its heart this is a book about family, one anyone can enjoy.— Jaya (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

From wild adventuring in outer space, coming out as non-binary, living everyday friendship and competition, and experiencing first crushes, the boys in these stories celebrate empowerment and the search for identity. They're generous stories that bring forth smiles. They're endlessly imaginative. Have you ever known anyone named Fortitude? His voice shines through in three different stories. As do the voices of seventeen diverse Black authors who are highlighted at the end. — Sheila (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Competitive debate is supposed to be about defending a position well, no matter your personal opinion. And that's fine with Finch...until the Finals topic is chosen: trans rights. As a trans man, how can Finch be asked to debate his own right to exist? But he's relying on a finals win to smooth his way into college, especially since his increasingly dysfunctional family just doesn't have the money to send him where he wants. Add to that his growing questions about his sexuality (via a crush on his debate partner...), and Finch is finding senior year way harder than he expected. A smart, hilarious, romantic book about figuring out where your line in the sand is—and what you'll do when you reach it. — Lily (RBB Staff)


Jacob Finch Bonner is a published author who has been struggling to write his next novel. To make ends meet, he is teaching at a small obscure MFA program. When an arrogant student shares that he is working on a book that he knows will land on all the best seller lists, Jacob is highly skeptical and irritated…until he hears the plot. Many years later Jacob learns that the student died and never published the book. Jacob convinces himself that the story should still be told and he is the one to tell it. That is just the beginning of this wonderfully twisty plot-within-a-plot that pokes fun at the publishing world while raising questions about intellectual property. Just the right kind of book I needed for the end of summer. — Holly (RBB Staff)