Upcoming Special Events

Tai Chi in October and November presented by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Billings

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. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, including grip-less, flat-soled shoes, and should be prepared to sign a waiver.Tai Chi is part of our 2017 health and medical literacy series.

Thursdays at Noon:

October 19 in Large Conference Room

October 26 in Community Room

November 2, November 9, and November 16 in Community Room

Gardening Series: Landscape Design with Andrew Marble from Billings Nursery

Join Andrew he as talks about plant placement and size along with the basics of design. Thanks to the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for co-sponsoring this event. For more information, call 657-8290. Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 5pm to 6pm, Community Room
2017 Oct Billing Nursery

Karen Stevens' Haunted Montana

Karen Stevens photo by Larry Mayer of the Billings Gazette, 2011Billings' favorite ghost hunter and author returns to the Library to update us on her travels around the state and the ghostly activity she has experienced.  A favorite speaker and retired librarian, Stevens has been fascinated by ghosts from an early age, and has collected ghost stories from across Montana for 30 years. Just in time for Halloween, she will lead us on a virtual tour of hauntings around Montana in places you can visit--"if you dare!"

Audience members are welcome to share their own experiences and questions after the presentation as well.   Won't you join us?  Saturday, October 28th, 1:00 pm, Community Room

Places and Fables:  An Author Visit by Poet Ron Hitchcock

Ron Hitchcock ReadingRon Hitchcock’s wide-ranging poetry celebrates and questions our existence in the natural world. Hitchcock writes with a biologist’s wisdom, joyful humor, and a disarming delight. The author was raised in New York, and earned graduate degrees in wildlife biology, which led to a professorship at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.  Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 pm, Community Room

Friday Night Fun:  Geek Out! Supernatural

Geek Out SPN 2017We're returning to the Supernatural world one more time to celebrate the little show with a big family! Join us for crafts, treats, and green screen photos.  We will also be showing an episode that you can vote on by visiting our Facebook Event page. PLUS, play Supernatural Bingo for a chance to win autographs by the Supernatural Cast!  Part of our Friday Night Fun Series, this event is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Library, and will happen on Friday, November 3rd, 6:30 pm in the Community Room. 

Friday Night Fun:  Native American Sign-Talking with Ron Garritson

Ron Garritson

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Library welcomes Ron Garritson, an expert in Plains Indian Sign Language. Garritson identifies himself as of Choctow, Cherokee, and European descent; he became fascinated with the beautiful sign language used by the elders on the Crow Reservation while living there in the 1970's. The study of the language became a lifelong pursuit. Please join us for this informative and entertaining discussion of the art of Plains Indian Sign Language. This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Library as part of our Friday Night Fun series.  Friday, November 17th, 7:00 pm, 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 October 26th, in the second floor Large Conference Room. Bring your fiber project and join us!

November is NaNoWriMo!

Are you ready to write your novel this November?  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is a yearly challenge to help you get it done.  We are partnering with local volunteers to provide a space and time for you to Come Write In! and enjoy the support of fellow participants.  

  • Kick-Off:  Wednesday, November 1st, 6:30 pm
  • Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room:  November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. 
  • Saturdays from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Conference Room:  November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.

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 October 24th (a Tuesday), when we will discuss A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez.  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. Bring your mug for coffee! 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!