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-Thursday: 3-7 pm
Friday: 3-6 pm
Saturday: 1-5 pm

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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.

  • Summer Reading
  • TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence
  • Rocketry at the Library: Make your own Model Rocket!
  • Trivia Night!
  • 3-D Printing Workshops
  • Tabletop Gaming Club


  • Montana Code Girls: Coding Classes for Girls
  • TECH Lab Mentor Programs
  • Teen Book Group
  • Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Volunteers

Summer Reading

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Summer Reading sign-ups are now live! Register today and starting logging your reading minutes so you can buy raffle tickets and win some amazing prizes! You can also earn points by visiting the TECH Lab and attending library programs throughout the summer. Questions? Swing by the TECH Lab and ask Cody! 

Get started with Summer Reading
TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence
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The TECH Lab is pleased to welcome our spring Artist-in-Residence, Mason Elkin! Mason will be holding a 4 part series on music production where he'll instruct teens how to create, mix, and master their own music. 

About Mason
Mason Elkin is a senior in high school, and has been producing music since 2013. Mason has lived in Billings since August, 2016, and was born and raised in New Albany, Indiana. Some of his favorite artists to listen to include Barely Alive, blink-182, The Zac Brown Band, and Hans Zimmer. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking.
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.

Rocketry at the Library: Make your own Model Rocket!

Join us in May as we hold a series of workshops in the TECH Lab that will teach teens the science behind rocketry, and let them construct their very own model rocket! Each workshop will be on a Tuesday from 4:30-6 pm in the TECH Lab, while the Launch Day will be held on a Saturday at a time and place decided by the group. Teens who sign up are expected to attend each workshop. Call 657-8290 to sign up today!
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Rocketry at the Library Workshops


May 2nd

Introduction, learn about the parts of the rocket, and began rocket construction

May 9th

Finish model build, learn about rocket physics

May 16th

Prime and paint rockets, introduction to aerodynamics

May 23rd

Prepare rockets for launch, learn about manned spaceflight history

May 27th

Launch day! Time and place TBD beforehand by group.


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Family Trivia Night: Robotics Themed Trivia


Tuesday, May 23rd
6:30-8:30 pm in the Community Room



Join us for a fun night of robot themed trivia! Phillips 66 has provided a generous grant to the library for the creation of 6 STEAM crates that will soon be available for check-out, and we are going to hold a trivia night for each of the crates! This session will focus on robotics, so bring the family and come down for snacks, prizes, and a look at the Robotics Crate and all of the equipment that will come with it! Registration is required, so call 657-8290 to sign a team up today!


3-D Printing and Design Workshops


June 7th and 8th
5 pm
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We're kicking off our summer in the TECH Lab with a two part 3-D printing workshop series! Join some professional architects from Collaborative Design Architects as they teach teens how to use Sketchup to create their own 3-D designs, and then we're print off what the teens make! Teens who sign up should plan on attended both workshops. Call 657-8290 to sign up today.
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Tabletop Gaming Club


Thursdays
4 PM
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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!


TECH Lab Mentor Programs



The TECH Lab mentors are holding a week of programs for the final week of March. They'll be doing things from building a web page to designing an airplane, so swing by the TECH Lab page for more info!

Teen Book Group


​Thursday, June 1st,
4:00-5:00 pm, T

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Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. In June, we’re reading Andrew Smith's ​The Marbury Lens, a fast paced horror novel. Snacks and drinks are provided. For more information and to register, call 657-8290.
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MT Code Girls: Coding Classes for Girls

​Wednesdays and Fridays

4:45-5:45 pm
2nd Floor Computer Classroom


Montana Code Girls will be hosting coding classes and workshops for girls aged 9-19 at BPL. Any girls who are interested in learning how to code are welcome to come to the classes, and no previous coding knowledge or experience is required!  Call 696-8538 or visit the TECH Lab to sign-up.
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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 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!

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