Location: Apple Valley, MN 55124, United States

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There are 162 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.

Local venues

14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
14880 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, MN 55124
14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124
7600 W. 150th Street, Apple Valley, MN 55124
1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, MN 55123
1291 Promenade Place, Eagan, MN 55121
1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
Daily Bread Books (5.9 miles)
9600 163rd Street W, Lakeville, MN 55044
Christine's Books (6.0 miles)
828 West County Road 42, Burnsville, MN 55337
1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville, MN 55306
8098 Blaine Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425
118 E. Broadway, Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
5160 Center Court (Mall of America), Bloomington, MN 55425
20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville, MN 55044
8900 Portland Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420
508 3rd Street, Farmington, MN 55024
8801 Portland Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55420
8730 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
8800 Penn Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431
13090 Alabama Avenue S., Savage, MN 55378
9700 France Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431
7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423
405 7th Avenue, Newport, MN 55055

Local events

Jane Yolen at Red Balloon Bookshop - ticketed event
Red Balloon Bookshop, Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm
Legendary, beloved, best-selling, and award winning author Jane Yolen will present and sign at Red Balloon. Jane is the author of more than 280 books for readers young and old. She’s written about dragons, moonlit owls, intergalactic frogs, dinosaurs and more! Come and meet this beloved children’s author as she discusses her impressive body of work, answers questions, and signs books!

The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to enter the signing line. To reserve your ticket and spot in the signing line, please call or stop by Red Balloon and purchase any of Jane Yolen's hardcovered books. Children under 12 are not required to have a ticket when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

DATE: Tuesday, March 31 TIME: 7:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever
Common Good Books, Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (added from HarperCollins)
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever
Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall, Wednesday, April 1 at 4pm
Jenny Bowen will be promoting Wish You Happy Forever (added from HarperCollins)
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Mall of America, Wednesday, April 1 at 6pm
"PETER PAN Storytime" with Children's Theatre Company
Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, April 4 at 10:30am
Take the second star to the right to become pirates, mermaids, fairies and lost boys at our "Peter Pan Storytime". Led by Children’s Theatre Company’s professional Teaching Artists, come explore Neverland with your actor’s tools - your body, voice and imagination.

Tickets are on sale now for Peter Pan: The Musical, on stage April 21-June 21 at Children's Theatre Company. Don't miss this chance to never grow up! www.childrenstheatre.com

DATE: Saturday, April 4 TIME: 10:30 am PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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Brandon Sanderson, FIREFIGHT - ticketed event
Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, April 4 at 6pm
Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.

DATE: Saturday, Apr 4 TIME: 6:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop


This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to enter the signing line. Tickets may be obtained by purchasing Firefight by Brandon Sanderson for $18.99 (+ tax) or *any item of equal value from Red Balloon Bookshop. Discounts do not apply. One ticket per person; those younger than 12 may be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased in-store or over the phone by calling 651-224-8320. See store hours.

*Signing Guidelines: Each ticket holder may have an unlimited number of books signed, however only 3 books may be personalized. Books may be brought from home or purchased from Red Balloon Bookshop. If time allows, ticket holders may re-enter the signing line to have additional books personalized.

Photos are allowed; however, only unposed photos are allowed in the signing line. A Red Balloon team member will be on hand to help take your photo while you meet the author.

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 651-224-8320 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.

Have a question, concern, or special need? Read our Author Event FAQs!

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The (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club
Red Balloon Bookshop, Monday, April 6 at 6:30pm
Do you find yourself reading books for teenagers even though those years have passed? Do you have a hard time remembering the last adult book you read? You are not alone! Join Red Balloon’s new (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club, a group for adults who love Young Adult literature. We’ll meet every 1st Monday and discuss one fantastic, fun YA book a month. All books will be chosen by group members. Book discounts and opportunities such as volunteering at events and reading Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are available. Embrace your love of YA and join us for laughs, eats, and solidarity!

April's book selection is Twinmaker by Sean Williams. Email Amy, events@redballoonbookshop.com, with questions and to sign up.

DATE: Monday, April 6 TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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Mark Wisniewski
Once Upon a Crime, Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm
Mark Wisniewski

Mark Wisniewski’s fiction has been published in The Best American Short Stories, The Southern Review, Antioch Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. His stories have won a Pushcart Prize and a Tobias Wolff Award, and numerous fellowships in fiction. He lives with his wife on a lake in upstate New York. (added from Random House)
Cave Canem at AWP
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm
Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
In this special collaboration with the Loft during AWP, Minnesotan Cave Canem fellows Taiyon Coleman, Mary Moore Easter, and Khary Jackson will open the reading. Saint Paul-based fellow Danez Smith will emcee and close the evening.

This reading will feature Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Malika Booker, F. Douglas Brown, Mahogany Browne, Kyle Dargan, Alyss Dixson, Kelly Norman Ellis, t’ai freedom ford, JP Howard, Bettina Judd, Nate Marshall, Kyla Marshell, Jamaal May, Jonathan Moody, Angel Nafis, Ife-Chudeni Oputa, Ladan Osman, Katy Richey, Aaron Samuels, and Kevin Simmonds. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Lori Rader-Day
Once Upon a Crime, Thursday, April 9 at 00am
Lori Rader-Day (The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things)

Lori Rader-Day is the author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things. She has also published fiction inGood Housekeeping, where she won first place in the magazine's first short-story contest; The Madison Review, which awarded her the 2008 Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction; TimeOut Chicago; Southern Indiana Review; Crab Orchard Review; and other journals and magazines. She lives in Chicago, where she is active in the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter, Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter, and International Thriller Writers. In addition, she is an instructor for Story Studio Chicago/North Shore, where she teaches mystery writing. (added from Random House)… (more)
Open Book, Open House
The Loft Literary Center, Thursday, April 9 at 7pm
Get away from the convention center, grab a drink, and connect with authors, publishers, and bookmakers from around the country. Come explore Open Book, and celebrate the heart of literature in the Twin Cities. Hosted by The Loft Literary Center, Graywolf Press, Milkweed Editions, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in partnership with Riverhead Books. (The_Loft_Library)
Bust Magazine and the Loft Present Roxane Gay and Others
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, April 10 at 7pm
BUST Magazine and the Loft present:

Patricia Smith
Roxane Gay
Amber Tamblyn
Franny Choi
and host Margaret Cho

Free and open to the public.
First-come, first-served seating.
Overflow rooms with live feeds available (The_Loft_Library)
EQ at AWP Supershow
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, April 10 at 9pm
Equilibrium is the Loft's long running series dedicated to building community in and between communities of color through the art of spoken word. This special super show during AWP features headliners Patricia Smith and Regie Cabico.

This performance will also feature short readings by Emmanuel Ortiz, Lorena Duarte, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Tatiana Ormaza, Marcie Rendon, Diego Vázquez Jr, Tish Jones, Marisa Carr, Christy NaMee Eriksen, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Khary Jackson, Juliana Hu Pegues, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, David Mura, Electric Gemini Bailey, Shá Cage, Danez Smith, Danny Solis, Ed Bok Lee, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Douglas Kearney, Ka Vang, Nimo H. Farah, Moheb Soliman, Guante, IBé, Andrea Jenkins, Patricia Nazirah Mickey, Tou SaiKo Lee, Tara Betts, Louis “Babalu” Alemayehu, Frank Sentwali, and DJ Nak. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
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Mall of America, Saturday, April 11 at 1pm
The Loft Literary Center, Saturday, April 11 at 8pm
Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz, and Diem Jones in 1999. The mission of VONA is to develop emerging writers of color through programs and workshops taught by established writers of color.

VONA's values are a commitment to artistic excellence, social justice, and empowering the community of writers of color.

This special collaboration with the Loft and VONA during AWP will feature local and national writers involved with VONA. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Kids Read Book Club
Red Balloon Bookshop, Monday, April 13 at 6:30pm
Hey kids! If you are in 3rd or 4th grade (or have the equivalent reading level) and love to read, you and your favorite grown-up are invited to join the brand new Kids Read Book Club at Red Balloon! Every 2nd Monday you and your grown-up (parent, grandparent, aunt uncle, etc) will discuss a great book with the group, have snacks, and make new friends. Let's discover our new favorite books together!

This month's selection is The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis. Please call 651-224-8320 or email Kate, newsletter@redballoonbookshop.com, with questions and to sign up.

DATE: Monday, April 13 TIME: 6:30 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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Peter Stark will be promoting Astoria
Common Good Books, Monday, April 13 at 7pm
Peter Stark will be promoting Astoria (added from HarperCollins)
Chapter & Verse Book Club
Red Balloon Bookshop, Thursday, April 16 at 6:30pm
Chapter & Verse is a national book club for children’s literature enthusiasts who wish to discuss children’s and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. They meet the third Thursday of every month at Red Balloon and are sponsored by Winding Oak.

It's April! And maybe it will be spring! We'll discuss two books about birds: Nest by Esther Ehrlich and Kate Samworth's Aviary Wonders, Inc. One is middle grade fiction and the other is a picture book in the form of a catalog. Do you have other favorite books about birds? Please share them with your discussion group!

DATE: Thursday, Apr 16 TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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Guys Read Book Club
Red Balloon Bookshop, Thursday, April 16 at 7pm
Attention Boys! If you’re a guy in 5th - 7th 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!)

April's book selection is The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner. We will also be discussing Gone by Michael Grant due to March's meeting cancellation. For more info and to sign up, please call Red Balloon: 651-224-8320.

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Mentor Series Reading: Ru Freeman
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, April 17 at 7pm
The 2014–15 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents fiction mentor Ru Freeman reading along with program participants Kate Lucas (poetry) and S.A. Wolter (fiction).

Ru Freeman was born into a family of writers and many boys in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in VQR, Guernica, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the author of the novel A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009), which was long-listed for the DCS Prize for South Asian Literature, and translated into several languages. Her new novel, On Sal Mal Lane, was published by Graywolf Press in 2013. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home and writes about the people and countries underneath her skin.

Kate Lucas works as a writer and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her poems and essay writing have appeared in sleet magazine; rock, paper, scissors; Studio One; and the anthology From the Pews in the Back, and she received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Loft Mentor Series for Poetry. She received her MFA from Hamline University and served as assistant poetry editor for Water~Stone Review in 2014.

S. A. Wolter spent her childhood on a cattle ranch and farm in northwestern North Dakota. Following career opportunities and paychecks, she has lived most of her adult life in the metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Arizona and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was a 2013 recipient of a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant in prose. Her writing credits include the Jonis Agee Award for Fiction in Dust & Fire: Writing and Art by Women and publication in Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape, a juried book competition of photographs, poetry, and prose. She currently resides in Eden Prairie with her husband, two teenage children, and her writing companion, a small dog named Macy. (The_Loft_Library)
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Teens Read Book Club
Red Balloon Bookshop, Monday, April 20 at 6:30pm
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 8th-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! Questions? Call Red Balloon at 651-224-8320 or email Amy at events@redballoonbookshop.com.

Update: Teens Read Book Club is currently full, but please call or email to join the waiting list!

DATE: Monday, April 20 TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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Mall of America, Tuesday, April 21 at 6pm
Lois Greiman
Minnesota State Fair, Friday, April 24 at 00am
Lois Greiman (added from Random House)
BOOK-O-BEARDS Photo Booth & Signing with Lemke & Lentz!
Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, April 25 at 10:30am
Join Donald Lemke & Bob Lentz, two Minnesota dads and book creators, and celebrate their interactive, imanginaitve, and FUN line of board books: Wearable Books! We'll have a photo booth to try on all the Wearable Books (including Beards, Hats, Teeth, and Masks) and other props, a book signing, and other fun family activities! Save the date; more details coming soon!

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Maud Hart Lovelace Awards
Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, April 25 at 2pm
Hear the announcement of the Minnesota Youth Reading Award's Maud Hart Lovelace winners! Save the date; more details coming soon!

DATE: Saturday, April 25 TIME: 2:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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