Upcoming Special Events

IrErin’s Exiled Childrenish History Exhibit

This exhibit depicts the Irish struggle for independence and the support given by Irish immigrants on the American landscape. It was created in honor of the centennial of Ireland's Easter Rising. View the exhibit on the first floor through August 31. In conjunction with the exhibit, celebrate Irish heritage with Irish Genealogy Classes. Research your ancestors online. The classes will showcase a different resource each session with hands-on practice time. Tuesdays from 12-1 pm, August 22 & August 29 in the Computer Classroom.

One Book Billings is Back!Fifty-Six Counties

Pick up books starting August 14 for September's discussions of Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey by Russell Rowland. Sign up for one of the discussions, which will take place September 11-14 in various locations around Billings (and one in Red Lodge), with the author coming to the Library on Saturday, September 16, to talk about his book and his journey around the state. Books are provided to participants courtesy of the Billings Public Library Foundation.

Red CrossThe Red Cross: Compassionate Care in Times of Need

When a neighbor's house catches fire, when a military family needs to get word overseas, when you want to learn CPR, when there's a natural disaster in the world, who helps? Come learn more about the impact here at home and abroad from Ginger Roll, of the Montana Chapter of the American Red Cross, on Tuesday, August 29, at Noon in the Community Room.  (Bring your lunch if you like!)

Introduction to Tai Chi presented by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Billings

This introductory event will acquaint prospective students to the peaceful, moving meditation of Tai Chi, including demonstrations from certified instructors. There will also be a graduation recognition ceremony for previous classes of this healing art. In the Taoist tradition, a person's health depends on the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. The Taoist Tai Chi arts exercise the entire physiology, including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and the internal organs. Don't miss this introductory event! Classes will continue Thursdays at noon throughout September. 

Sign up at the 2nd Floor Help Desk. *Attendees may be required to sign a waiver and should wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, including grip-less, flat-soled shoes. No age limit, but children should be accompanied by an adult. This program is part of our 2017 health and medical literacy series.

Saturday, September 2, 11-12:30pm, Community Room


Folksongs of the American Labor Movement presented by Adam Miller

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folksongs and folktales, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages. September 6, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Community Room. (Photo by Bonnie Hawthorne)

Geek Out! Superhero Saturday Geek out Superhero SaturdaySeptember 9th in the Community Room

Visit the Library: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Visit the YAM: 11:00 am-1:00 pm (FREE admission when you mention Geek Out!)

Join us for Geek Out! Superhero Saturday at the Yellowstone Art Museum and the Billings Public Library. Visit the Library from 10am-12pm and enjoy mask-making, trivia, snacks, and a green screen photo booth.Then come to YAM from 11am -1pm and visit the exhibition, My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action, sketch your own superhero, and make your own cape. Your favorite superheroes will also be there for photos and selfies!

2017 Veggies

Running Series: Not Your Mother’s Vegetables: Creative Ways to Enjoy the Bounty

There is more to enjoying vegetables than boiled and mashed like Mom used to make. Join Stella Fong, author and radio host on how to enjoy vegetables in new ways. She shares recipes monthly on her Tickled Palate section for IChangeBillings. The bounty of the season tastes different, depending on how it is prepared and then cooked. Taste for yourself and see. Dr. Ed Dean, creator of IChangeBillings will talk briefly on how his website IChangeBillings can help you live a healthier and happier life. Stella Fong is author of Historic Restaurants of Billings and Billings Food, and contributes regularly to Yellowstone Valley Magazine, The Last Best Plates and LastBestNews. She host Yellowstone Public Radio’s Flavors Under the Big Sky: Celebrating the Bounty of the Region. This event will be held in the Community Room on Thursday, Sept. 14th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Author Visit: Gary Fergusonland on fire

We live in the age of wildfire--it is changing the land, the economy, the welfare of wildlife, and the livability of the American West. Gary Ferguson’s new book, Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West , explores the science behind wildfire and what is being done to control it. Ferguson has written many books on nature and science including Hawks Rest, the first nonfiction work to win both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction, and The Carry Home, one of this year’s One Book Billings selections. Join us in the Community Room on Saturday, September 16, 1:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase. This program is co-sponsored by The Writer’s Voice.

wonderlandscapeAuthor Visit: John Clayton

Montanans love Yellowstone Park, and consider it our own back yard. For the rest of the country, the park is a symbol of our culture and country. John Clayton's newest book, Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon traces the symbolic meaning of Yellowstone and how that has changed over time. Join us in the Community Room on Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 pm to hear more about it. Books will be available for purchase.

"You Will See Whether He Gained Anything in the End": The Jackson Adaptation of The Hobbit and its Relation to Tolkien's Mythology presented by Daniel Funderhide

Celebrate Hobbit Day early by attending this fascinating lecture no LOTR or Hobbit fan should miss! September 21, 7:00 PM, Community Room

This lecture is presented by Daniel Funderhide in honor of the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. Mr. Funderhide is the President of the Council of Westmarch, an official Montana smial, or "branch" of the UK Tolkien Society, and is the only smial in Montana and within a four-state radius.  You can connect with the Council of Westmarch online at

Classes, Crafting Groups, and Book Discussions

Every month we provide a range of classes and meetings, ranging from Montana Library 2 Go tutorials to crafting circles:

60-Minute Tech:  Zinio and Freegal

Did you know you can download magazines and songs with your Library card?  This class will introduce you to these great Library services and get you started on your device!  Join us on August 8th in the Computer Classroom at 4:00 pm.  *Registration is required;  call 657-8290 to register.

BPL Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 1 pm.  Our Circle is informal and open to all fiber artists, not just knitters.  We provide space, light, and good company with which to share ideas and inspiration. Our next meeting is on August 29th, in the second floor Large Conference Room. Bring your fiber project and join us!

Library Book Groups!  

The Library sponsors two book discussion groups which are sure to whet your appetite for something different:

Turning Page Book Discussion Group


uses the Library's collection of book club kits and usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We gather in the 2nd floor Reading Room at 7pm. Our next meeting will be August 23rd, when we will discuss Catherine the Great by Robert Massie.  Call 657-8290 to register.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group

  meets every last Tuesday of every month between January and October at 7pm in the second floor Large Conference Room.  We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits.  For August we are reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Email to sign up.

Looking for your Next Favorite Book or Movie? 

Visit our Readers' Corner to find out what members of our Library Staff are reading and watching.  You will see what we are excited about, and can join in the conversation!  To learn about the latest hot titles, check out Book Sizzle.  Then come back next week;  we update these pages regularly!