TEEN EDUCATION & CREATION HUB
Visit the TECH Lab - A space for teens to come in, hang out and use 21st century technology to create exciting projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math.
TECH Lab Fall Hours:
Open Lab 1-5 pm
Test Prep E-Books
Getting ready to take the SAT or GRE? Just need some extra help with geometry? Want to be a firefighter or police officer? Then check out the library's new collection of digital reference books for test prep and study help! All of the titles are free to access and download. All you need is a library card! Click here to see our selection, and get studying.
Teen Events At-a-Glance
We have a lot of things going on at the library, so here's a quick list of all of our upcoming events. Scroll down the page to find more info on the program you're interested in, or call us at 696-8538.
- TECH Lab Artist in Residence: Audio Journalism with Kamila Kudelska
- Featured Program: Trivia Night: Movies
- Teen Art Club
- Teen Japan Club
- Friday Night Magic
- Tabletop Gaming Club
- Teen Book Group
- Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
The TECH Lab is thrilled to welcome Kamila as our new Artist in Residence for the fall! Kamila will be in the lab from October-December to teach teens about audio journalism and how to create and produce podcasts.
Kamila recently received her M.S. in Journalism for Columbia Journalism School where she concentrated on environmental and national politics radio reporting. Before that, she lived in the capital of Poland working for the country’s National Public Radio. This past summer she spent her time at the WNYC, the New York Public Radio, producing for the Brian Lehrer Show. Currently, Kamila is an radio freelancer in the greater Montana and Northern Wyoming area.
Artist in Residence Workshops
Starting in October, Kamila will be holding weekly workshops to teach teens audio, technical, and reporting skills. Teens will learn:
- Basic recording skills with hand held recorders and phones
-What makes a story worth telling
-How to interview
-How to write for the ear
-Gathering tape: going out and recording people
By the end of the month, each student will have produced at least one short minute audio story. Starting in November the group will work towards creating a Billings Public Library Teen Podcast that will be put on Soundcloud. We'll have more specific workshop information as October gets closer, but those who are interested can call 657-8290 to sign up for the October sessions.
Trivia Night: Movies
Tuesday, Oct. 17
In the Community Room
Trivia Night is back at the library! We had a lot of fun this summer, and now we're going to have three more STEAM focused trivia nights this fall. We're starting with a Coding themed night of trivia, so come on down for snacks, prizes, and trivia! These trivia nights are sponsored by Phillips 66 as part of our Community Crates program, a new program the library is starting to bring STEAM technology to youth in Yellowstone County. Find out more at the trivia night!
Teen Art Club
The Teen Education and Creation Hub (TECH Lab) at Billings Public Library is starting its own teen art club! The club will be led by Damin, a TECH Lab mentor and life-long, self taught artist. Members of this fall's art group will learn essential drawing fundamentals such as the human figure, perspective, and composition. These methods will allow teens to more easily draw what they see or bring to life the places and characters of their imagination. This program will be very adaptive to participants' interests. Among the areas we might explore are: character, creature, and vehicle design; portraits; and/or symbolism and visual communication.
No previous training or education is required, just a desire to be creative and improve your skills. The library will provide basic supplies, although teens can feel free to bring their own items. The art club will meet every Wednesday at 5 pm in the TECH Lab, starting on Sept. 20th. Sign-up is required, to call 657-8290 to join the group today!
Teen Japan Club
Every Wednesday, starting Oct. 4
The Teen Japan Club is back! Learn Japanese language and culture for free! This opportunity is brought to you by your Billings Public Library and Southern Montana Intercultural and Language Exchange (SMILE INC). Classes will be taught by Rod Gottula and Rie Kuroki. Rod is a former National Board Certified Teacher of Language Arts and high-school English teacher . He holds a master's degree in linguistics, has spent four years living and working in Japan as part of the JET Program, and is a former Japan Club Advisor. Rie is a native Japanese speaker and part-time translator who has lived in MT for over fifteen years.
Classes will focus on teaching students basic spoken Japanese, the Hiragana and Katakana alphabets and various aspects of Japanese culture. The course will serve as a valuable springboard for students who wish to go on to study Japanese at the college level, those who simply want to supplement their love of anime and manga with a dash of academic knowledge, and those who have a strong desire to visit Japan in the future. We only ask that you commit to attending regularly, so that you can truly benefit from the course. Mata ne!
This year we will be meeting on Wednesdays in the Computer Classroom on the second floor of the library. We are also splitting the club into two sections: 6-6:30 pm will be reserved for beginners and first time participants, while the second half of the hour (6:30-7 pm) will be reserved for those returning from last year who want to keep working on their language skills.
Friday Night Magic
Fridays at 4 pm
We're starting Friday Night Magic in the TECH Lab! Come to the lab every Friday at 4 to play Magic: The Gathering. Don't know how to play? Don't worry! We have starter decks and lots of helpful, enthusiastic people who will be happy to teach you. We'll be having some tournaments in the future, so now is a good time to start learning the basics. See you there!
Tabletop Gaming Club
Thursdays at 4 pm
Join a local teen as he leads a group dedicated to playing a variety of tabletop games, from Dungeons & Dragons to Clue! Come and join the fun, or bring your own game and share it with others!
Teen Book Group
Thursday, Sept. 21st, 4:00-5:00 pm
Teen Study 2Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. In September, we're reading Jody Casella's Thin Space, an engrossing paranormal thriller with multiple plot twists.
Register and reserve your copy of the book by calling 657-8290.
Teen Advisory Group
Teens who are 13 to 19 years of age can apply to be part of our Teen Advisory Group - the TAG. The TAG advises the library about programs for teens, helps promote services, and volunteers at the library.
Volunteering at the Library
Are you looking for ways to spend your free time? The TECH Lab is looking for 16-18 year old teenagers to help lead and mentor younger teens in the lab during open hours. Volunteers need to be interested in technology, willing to teach and learn alongside other teens, and be in the lab for a minimum of 4 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, or just give back to your community! For more information, contact Cody in the TECH Lab. Submit an online application here.
Local Teen Interviews Architect of Billings Public Library
Katelyn Bauer interviewed Will Bruder, the architect for the new Billings Public Library building,
and used the TECH Lab equipment to edit the video together. Way to go Katelyn!