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-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.

  • TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence
  • Music Production Series
  • Month of Pi: A month of coding workshops
  • Dungeons & Dragons Club

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

 Music Production Series

Sign-up to participate in a 4 week music production series!  Teens who sign-up will be expected to attend all 4 sessions.  All sessions will be held at 5 pm in the TECH Lab. Call 657-8290 to sign-up today!

April 12

Lesson 1: Digital Audio Workstation Basics
In this first lesson, we will go over the basics of the digital audio workstation and the other tools that producers and mix engineers have at their disposal.

April 19
Lesson 2: Audio Basics/Synthesis
In this lesson, we will discuss different waveforms, how they can be manipulated, and how to use them to make your own sounds.

April 26
Lesson 3: Effects and Automation
In lesson 3, we will talk about different types of effects that you can use to further modify your sounds, and how to change those effects over time to create evolving compositions.

May 3
Lesson 4: Mixing and Mastering
In the final lesson, we will go over how to tweak your track so that the listener can hear the full dynamic range of your song without distortion.

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.
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March Program: A Month of Pi
4-5:30 pm in the TECH Lab

Did you know that March 14 is Pi Day?  It’s a day to celebrate all things math, and especially those things related to the mathematical constant pi. It’s also a good day to eat pie, or engage in other pun-related activities.  The thing is, why only celebrate it for one day? We’re having a whole month of programs all working around our Raspberry Pi computer kits.  Come to the TECH Lab every Friday in March to learn computer coding and take part in some amazingly fun projects from Minecraft to telling stories with code. We promise that we’ll keep the puns to a minimum. Check below to see what we are doing each day!

Month of Pi Programs:

Call 657-8290 to sign-up for any or all programs

3/3: Introduction to Raspberry Pi

Learn what a Raspberry Pi computer is, how it works, and engage in some basic coding activities.

3/10: Storytelling with Code

Learn how to use computer code and simple “if/then” statements to tell a unique story!

3/17: Introduction to Processing

Learn how to use Processing, a program that uses computer code to draw pictures!

3/24: Coding in Minecraft

Learn how to use the Python coding language to play Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi!

3/31: A.I., Chat Bots, and the Turing Test

Learn about artificial intelligence, build a chat bot, and learn about the Turing Test!

Dungeons & Dragons Club

4 PM

Join a local teen as he leads a group of epic adventurers in our Dungeons and Dragon Club.  We will discuss the basics of the game and get everyone set up, but if you are already a premiere DM come by and help craft your next adventure!

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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, March 30th, 4:00-5:00 pm

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Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. In March, we're reading Dan Pablocki's The Ghost of Graylock, a supernatural mystery. On Thursday, March 30th, we'll meet to talk about the book. Register and reserve your copy of the book by calling 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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