Welcome to the Billings Public Library!
Located in beautiful downtown Billings, MT, the Billings Public Library strives to be a place of exploration, education, and inclusiveness that provides entertainment, research resources, music, computer technology, digitization services, and educational opportunities for our community.
Again this December we have the beautiful Giving Tree, generously donated by Gainan's, on the first floor of the Library. It is ready for your donations for Socks for Seniors, and Hats, Mittens & Gloves for those in need. Visit the Library today and remember to drop off new, unwrapped items in the bins under the tree. We are collecting new pairs of socks for area seniors until Dec 15th, and new mittens, hats, & scarves for children and teens until Dec. 30.
The Teen Digital Learning Lab will be hosting their annual Computer Science Week from Dec 12th to Dec 16th at 5:00pm in the TECH Lab. Come each day during the week for a different workshop to learn awesome computer coding skills, the history of Bitcoin, create a web page to translate English to Pirate-speak, Python game coding, and make a Web Server Use Flask using HTML & CSS. Saturday, Dec. 16, the Introduction to Mathematica program will begin at 1 pm. and we ask the you register in advance. Learn how to use Mathematica, a computer programming tool popular in science, math, computing, and engineering. Call 657-8290 to sign-up today!
The Big Sky Chorus will sing holiday music under the Oculus on Saturday, Dec 16th, at 11:00am. The barbershop-style songs of the Big Sky Holiday Chorus will ring throughout the Library once again, as they have for many prior years. Join us for one of our favorite holiday traditions.
On Friday, December 29, 6:30 -7:30pm, the Library will sponsor our first-ever White Elephant Gift Exchange as one of our Friday Night Fun events. If you receive a gift that isn't quite your thing, or have unused mathoms from previous years, bring that new, unused gift to the Library, and get a ticket to trade. If nothing strikes your fancy, that's okay, too. All leftovers will be donated to Family Services.
I would like to bring your attention to the First Chapter Society, a program of the Billings Public Library Foundation that puts books in the hands of children, and supports reading programs for young parents and caregivers. By taking our Children’s Library programs to agencies that serve kids, we reach hundreds of children who may not otherwise have access to books. Among other things, First Chapter has helped with outreach programming to HRDC, Friendship House, and Michelle House; sponsored Reading under the Trees during the Gardener’s Market • given books to preschool tour groups, purchased Children's books for the Library; and sponsored author visits and book club kits. Make a gift today to First Chapter Society at Billings Public Library Foundation. For more information, call Leslie, Foundation Director, at 237–6149 or go to www.billingslibraryfoundation.org. Bring the gift of words into children’s lives.
I hope that when you visit your Library you will also take some time to visit the Sweet Café and enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack while also experiencing the many services provided to you. The Café is open Mon-Fri from 10am-2pm & 3pm-5pm.
The Billings Public Library has designated 2017 as the year of Health and Medical Literacy. Throughout the course of the year, the Library, through various community partnerships, will provide programming, services, and educational opportunities for all residents of Yellowstone County.
The Library is many things to many people. It is our goal that every person who visits the Library leaves with a positive experience. A strong and popular library reflects well on the entire community.
Part of our ongoing improvement process involves reviewing feedback from you. We value your opinion of our Library and what we are doing to serve you. I appreciate the trust you place in the Library. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me. If I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.
We look forward to your visit!
Gavin J. Woltjer