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 Winter Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 3-7 pm
Saturday: Open Lab 1-5 pm
***The TECH Lab will be closed on Tuesday, February 20th in observance of President's Day. It will open again for regular hours the next day.***
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
- Featured Program: Teen Tech Week
- Magic: The Gathering Draft Tournament
- CS Workshop: Pixel Art
- CS Workshop: Enigma Code Breaker
- CS Workshop: Dancing Unicorn Rainbow
- ARMS Tournament
- Teen Art Club
- Friday Night Magic
- Tabletop Gaming Club
- Teen Book Group
- Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
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! See our selection, and get studying.
Interested in being the TECH Lab's next Artist in Residence? Have some interesting skills you want to share? Or maybe just interested in working with teens, and making some extra money for it? Contact Cody at 696-8538 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Teen Tech Week
All week long is Teen Tech Week in the Lab, so we are highlighting some of the great things that are available to use in the lab. These programs are all about exploring something you’re interesting, so come on down and learn about something that you think sounds interesting. No sign-ups are required, just drop in and start exploring!
Tuesday, March 6, 5:30-6:30 pm in the TECH Lab: MUSIC MAKING
Come check out the lab’s soundbooth, play around with some musical instruments, or start making your own music in Garageband!
Wednesday, March 7, 5:30-6:30 pm in the TECH Lab: PHOTOSHOP
We’ll be messing around with Photoshop and seeing what kind of awesome things we can create!
Thursday, March 8, 5:30-6:30 pm in the TECH Lab: MANGO LANGUAGES
Did you know the library has free access to a language learning service? Stop by the lab to get a quick introduction to this great program, and start learning a new language!
Friday, March 9, 5:30-6:30 pm in the TECH Lab: MOVIE MAKING
Work collaboratively to make a short film, stop motion picture, or anything you can imagine!
Saturday, March 10, 1-5 pm in the TECH Lab: PANCAKE PRINTING
We’re ending Teen Tech Week with our pancake printer, so stop by the lab on Saturday to print some pancakes and watch some movies!
Magic: The Gathering Draft Tournament
3 pm in the TECH Lab
Come to the lab to participate in a draft tournament for Magic: The Gathering! A draft tournament is where each player builds their deck via a card draft and sealed booster packs on the day of the tournament. You don't need to have your own deck or even any cards of your own! There will be prizes for everyone, and extra cards and more for the winners. We are limiting sign-ups for the tournament to 10 teens, so call 657-8290 to sign up now!
Computer Science Workshop: Pixel Art
Wednesday, March 14
Computer Science Workshop: Enigma Code Breaking
Wednesday, March 21
Use a Raspberry Pi to create and decode messages using Enigma, a cipher machine created in the 20th century. Call 657-8290 to sign up today.
Computer Science Workshop: Dancing Unicorn Rainbow
Wednesday, March 28
Wire and program an LED light, and then learn how to create a unicorn on the computer that will dance along with it! Call 657-8290 to sign up today.
Saturday, March 31
The TECH Lab now has a Nintendo Switch! We’ll be having a tournament for the spring-armed boxing game ARMS on March 31st, so sign up today and spend all month practicing! Call 657-8290 to sign up today.
Teen Art Club
Wednesdays at 5pm in the TECH Lab
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!
Friday Night Magic
Fridays at 4 pm, TECH Lab
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
*Rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 4:00-5:00 pm
Teen Study 2Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. In January, we're reading Lauren Oliver's Replica, a unique flip book that tells the narratives of Gemma and Lyra. 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..
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!