It's time to "Build a Better World" with Billings Public Library's Summer Reading program for all ages. You can sign up now and begin logging books and activities: programming begins the first week of June.
Stellarium: Stargaze in Your Backyard
Members of the Yellowstone Valley Astronomy Association will demonstrate how to use Stellarium, a free stargazing application that will turn you into an amateur astronomer and star gazer! Learn how to navigate the night skies to find some amazing celestial views, and then stay for astronomy themed trivia! 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 27, Community Room
Family Trivia Night: Astronomy
It's our second round of Community Crates trivia, so gather a team, enjoy some delicious snacks and win some prizes. This month our trivia is astronomy themed, and we will be showing off our Astronomy Community Crate, complete with telescope! Call 657-8290 to sign up a team. 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, June 27, Community Room
Build a Better World: Operation Gratitude
Support our military, veterans and first responders. Craft a card of encouragement or write a letter to a soldier or veteran. These people work in places where it's hot! Help them keep cool by sewing cool-ties stitched with polymer water-absorbing crystals - we'll show you how! All letters and cool-ties will be sent to Operation Gratitude, anon-profit organization that makes sure our care items get to our military personnel. 4:00-6:00 pm, Thursday, June 29, Community Room
An Introduction to Growing & Using Herbs in Billings
Learn how to use herbs you grow yourself for cooking, scents, cosmetics, floral displays, and medicine. Presented by Lynne Puckett. For more information, call 657-8290. Wednesday, July 19th, 5:00-6:00pm Community Room
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:
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 July 27th, in the second floor Large Conference Room. Bring your fiber project and join us!
60-Minute Tech: E-Readers, Montana Library 2 Go, and INTRODUCING "Libby"!
Montana Library 2 Go has a brand-new app for you to try. Come to our class to learn about Libby and how to check out and download digital e-books and audiobooks to your device. July 18th, 4:00-5:00 pm, in the Computer Classroom. *Space is limited; please call 657-8290 to register.
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 June we are reading My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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!