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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!Everyone's favorite all-day, all-indie bookstore party returns on April 27, 2019: Independent Bookstore Day! We’re celebrating with exclusive merchandise, free audiobooks, storytime, treats, jazz, and more! Clear your schedules (and your bookshelves) now; the party at Red Balloon begins at 10am sharp.

Independent Bookstore Day also kicks-off Children's Book Week—an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Check out our schedule for the week.

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2019 Schedule of Festivities

All Day Long: Twin Cities IBD passport stamps, scratch-off cards, exclusive merchandise (while supplies last)


10:45am: Read Aloud with the Lt. Governor!

Kick off your Minnesota #bookstoreday right by joining Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan at Red Balloon for a reading of one of her favorite picture books, Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child, Jonathan Thunder (illus), and Gordon Jourdain.


11am: Sesame Street StorytimeElmo's New Puppy

Join storyteller Angela for a Sesame Street-inspired storytime featuring stories and songs from where the air is sweet! Visit the party room after storytime for a sweet snack and kid-friendly activities. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Independent Bookstore Day, the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, and the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, there's a brand new Golden Book: Elmo's New Puppy!


1pm: Escape Room!

Test your skills at the inaugural RBB IBD Escape Room! Best recommended for puzzlers ages 8 and up (or with adult assistance), groups of puzzlers will have 45 minutes to escape the room and win a one-day discount on the in-stock item of their choice. We’ll begin taking time slot reservations in person or over the phone beginning at 10am on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday April 27. Maximum 6 puzzlers per group.


3pm: Jazz Ensemble

Browse, read, and shop to the sweet sounds of kid musicians from the Ramsey Middle School Jazz Band.



Preview the Indie Bookstore Day Exclusive Merch!

Elmo's New PuppyAda Twist and the Perilous Pants with iron-on patchWings of Fire Exclusive Short StoryFight Evil Read Books Enamel PinSigned Maggie Stiefvater PrintLiterary Tea TowelsOn the Come Up JournalLiterary Luminary PinsThe Girl Who Drank the Moon signed with exclusive stickersWe Should All Be FeministsManeatersWhy Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? signed exclusive editionWhat To Eat with What You Read