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 Summer Hours:


Tuesday-Friday:
Focus Time: 1-3 pm
Open Lab: 3-6 pm
Saturday:
Open Lab 1-5 pm

Daily Focus Time Topics:

Tuesday: Robotics
Wednesday: Computer Science
Thursday: Gaming
Friday: A/V

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.
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  • Summer Reading
  • TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence
  • T-shirt Upcycling
  • Stargazing Presentation and Trivia Night!
  • Tabletop Gaming  Club
  • Teen Book Group
  • Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Volunteers

Summer Reading

Sign up for Teen Summer Reading!
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
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.

Upcoming Programs

T-Shirt Upcycling


Friday June 23rd
3-5pm in the TECH Lab

Teens join us to learn about all of the different ways that you can upcycle an old T-shirt! Please bring your great ideas and an old T-shirt that you want to make new! No registration required just drop into the Tech Lab during open hours!

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Stargazing Presentation and Astronomy Trivia


Tuesday, June 27rd
6:00-8:30 pm in the Community Room



Join us for a fun night of stargazing and astronomy themed trivia!
Members of the Yellowstone Valley Astronomy Association will be demonstrating how to use Stellarium, a free star gazing application that will turn you into an amateur astronomer and star gazer! Learn how to navigate the night skies to find some amazing celestial bodies, and then stick around for astronomy themed trivia! The Stellarium presentation will be held from 6-7 pm, with trivia following from 7-8:30 pm.

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 astronomy, so bring the family and come down for snacks, prizes, and a look at the Astronomy Crate and all of the equipment that will come with it! Registration is required, so call 657-8290 to sign a team up today!

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Tabletop Gaming Club


Thursdays at 3 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!

Teen Book Group


​Thursday, Jul 20th, 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 July, we're reading Andrew Smith's The Marbury Lens. An engrossing horror/fantasy hybrid, this page-turner will be best appreciated by those with a taste for ambiguous endings, as the author explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.
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 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!

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 here.