Teens

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 Spring Hours:


Tuesday-Friday: 3-7 pm
Saturday: Open Lab 1-5 pm


TECH Lab
  1. Tue Apr. 24

  2. Wed Apr. 25

  3. Wed Apr. 25

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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: Model Rocketry
  • Pokemon TCG Tournament
  • Video Contest
  • 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.

TECH Lab Artist in Residence.

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 allenc@ci.billings.mt.us.

Featured Program

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Model Rocketry

Every Wednesday in May (starting on May 2nd)

4:30-5:30 pm

TECH Lab

Come to the TECH Lab in May to learn about the science of rocketry and build your own model rocket! Teens who sign up will come for a weekly session as they build rockets and learn about what makes them work. They will also get to launch their rockets at the end of the month, and keep their rockets! Workshops will be every Wednesday at 4:30, starting on May 2nd. Launch day will be Saturday, May 26th at Castlerock Park, time TBD.

Upcoming Programs

Pokemon TCG Tournament

Saturday, April 28

1-5 pm

TECH Lab

Join us for an afternoon of Pokemon! We’ll be playing the Pokemon Trading Card game, so bring your favorite decks and your cards and try to win some great prizes. Sign up by calling 657-8290.

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Video Contest

Fridays, 5 pm

TECH Lab

The Optimist's Club is looking for some teens to create a short video (less than 3 minutes) for a video contest centered around the Optimist Creed. The local chapter will award $100 to creators of their favorite entry, so sign-up now and start working! Contact Cody in the TECH Lab at 656-8538 for more info, or stop by the lab on a Friday.


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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!

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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!

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Tabletop Gaming Club


Saturdays, 1 pm
TECH Lab


We're moving our tabletop game club to Saturdays, so stop by the lab to learn how to play D&D, Pathfinder, Starfinder and more!


Teen Book Group


​Thursday, March 29th, 4:00-5:00 pm


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Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. Snacks and drinks are provided. In March, we're reading Tom McNeal's Far Far Away, a "dark, contemporary fairy tale". Register and reserve your copy of the book by calling 657-8290.
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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..

Looking for a good book?


Check out these great reads.

Suggest A Title


Is there a teen title you would like to see in the Library's collection? Submit your suggestion online.


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!