Upcoming Special Events

Catch your pet with a Holiday Book through - December 18th!poppy

It’s that time of year again! Our “Catch your pet with a book” photo challenge is back! This year we want to see your pets with their favorite holiday books! All you need to do to participate is share a photo of your pet with a book on our Facebook page using #billingslibrarypets. Start sharing your pictures on November 17th! 

We will share your photos on the library’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts starting December 1st and post daily until December 18th. Once the official challenge has ended we will showcase some of our top picks on Channel 7 during the library show!

Sign-Up Begins December 1 for January's One Book Billings

IStars Go Bluen January, we'll talk about STARS GO BLUE by Laura Pritchett, winner of the High Plains Book Award for fiction. Renny and Ben Cross are estranged, elderly spouses living on opposite ends of their sprawling ranch, faced with the particular decline of a fading farm and Ben’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Now Ray, the abusive husband of their late daughter is being released from prison, opening old wounds. Sign up at the 2nd floor Help Desk. Discussions will take place January 8-11.

Local Author Tahani Nelson Reads from her Debut Novel, The Last Faoiilast faoii cover image

Please join us in welcoming Tahani Nelson to the Library.  She will be reading from her epic fantasy, The Last Faoii, about a warrior on a quest to avenge her sisterhood and preserve its heritage.  A question and answer period will follow the reading, and attendees may also enter a raffle to win one of three signed copies of the book!  Wednesday, December 6th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Community Room. 

Tai Chi in December 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 in the Community Room:
December 7, December 14, December 21, December 28

BPL Knitting Circle's Holiday Sit and Knit 

Thursday, December 14, 2pm, Community Room
With gift-giving deadlines fast approaching, this is the perfect time to escape the stressful holiday preparations at home and get caught up on knitted gifts.  Take time out to enjoy refreshments and a special screening of Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. We will also unveil the winner of our "Name Our Knitting Group" contest!  If you've been yearning to learn knitting or crochet, this is the perfect opportunity for free lessons!  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. 
Bring your fiber project and join us!

Native American Lecture Series

Ivy and Ivan MacDonald are brother and sister filmmakers. They will show their documentary, "When They Were Here", which explores the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. A discussion follows. Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm, Community Room

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Friday Night Fun:  Winter Tales with The Backyard Theatre

Join the Library in welcoming members of Billings' Backyard Theatre Company for a program of Christmas tales and excerpts from their upcoming play, Almost, Maine by John Cariani. The play depicts changes in a series of romantic relationships during a magical Midwinter night in a small town. Friday, December 15th, Community Room, 7:00 pm

Friends of the Library logoFriends of the Library Pop-Up Sale

The Friends of the Library are holding a pop-up sale! In addition to the usual great finds in the Book Nook, there will be several tables loaded with great gift ideas. All proceeds benefit the Library. 9 am-4 pm, Saturday, December 16, in the Book Nook.

BiBig Sky Chorusg Sky Chorus Sings Holiday Music Under the Oculus

The barbershop-style songs of the Big Sky Holiday Chorus will ring throughout the Library. Join us for one of our favorite holiday traditions. Saturday, December 16 at 11 am under the Oculus.

triviaFamily Trivia: Science 

Family Trivia Night continues with science-themed trivia. Registration is required. Bring the family. Enjoy snacks, prizes and fun! Call 657-8290 to sign up your team. 7-8:30 pm, Tuesday, December 19, Community Room.

elephantWhite Elephant Gift Exchange

Friday Night Family Fun! Did you receive a gift that wasn't quite your thing? Bring a new, unused gift to the Library, and get a ticket to trade. If nothing strikes your fancy, that's okay, too. All leftovers will be donated to Family Services. Friday, December 29, 6:30 -7:30 pm, Community Room

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 January 24th, when we will discuss Dead Wake by Erik Larson.  Call 657-8290 to register.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group

  meets the 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! We're currently reading Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie for discussion on January 30th.
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!