Upcoming Special Events

Blind Date wFlower_heartith a Book!  

Have you been searching for a book that will sweep you off your feet? You might just find your match at the Library in February! All month long, visit our display in the Popular Materials Room, and let a book "pick you up" with its first sentence.  Then, you can rate your date and turn in your feedback for a chance to win a romantic prize!  

Tai Chi for Everyone 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.Thursdays at Noon in the Community Room, February 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

BHFBlack History Month Programs

The Black Heritage Foundation and Billings Public Library will be presenting a series of programs that focus on the cultural and social heritage of the African-American community. Join us in the Community Room at 7:00 pm.

  • 2/15: Poetry Night
  • 2/22: The Story of the USS Mason in World War II

The Carry HomeSign Up for March One Book Billings

Sign up for the March discussions of The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness by Gary Ferguson. The book is both a moving celebration of the outdoor life shared between Ferguson and his wife Jane, who died tragically in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario in 2005, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature.  Discussions will take place March 5-8. Sign up at the 2nd floor Help Desk or by calling 406-657-8290. Books provided to participants courtesy of the Billings Public Library Foundation.

2018 Feb Friday Night FunFriday Night Family Fun - Lunar New Year

Stop by and discover how people from different cultures celebrate the New Year. Join the fun and enjoy some treats. This is a kid friendly event.  Friday, Feb. 16th,  6:30-8:30 pm, Community Room 

MisterTibbsBlack History Month Film Series features Sidney Poitier

The Black Heritage Foundation and Billings Public Library present a film series featuring Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier. All showings will take place in the Community Room.

Saturday, February 17, 11 am: Lilies of the Field (Unrated, 1963)
Saturday, February 24, 11 am: They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (R, 1970)

All films are presented free of charge and are open to the public. Some films have mature themes and content.

PeoplRussell Rowlande and Perspectives:  Russell Rowland

Join us for the start of a new series highlighting community leaders in the fields of education, politics, society, media, business, medicine, and culture.  The first program features well-known local author and BPL favorite Russell Rowland, who will explore his perspective on the creative writing process, the state of the arts community in Billings, and so much more.  Wednesday, February 21st, 7:00 pm, Community Room

2018 Feb HouseplantsGardening Series: Houseplants with Claire from Gainan’s

Join Gainan’s Garden Center Manager, Claire Johnson, as she explains how to care for houseplants including controlling pests and other common problems.
Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Community Room

2017 Family TreasuresFinancial Literacy Series: Caring for Keepsakes

Join us for a recorded presentation on preserving and sharing a family legacy. Denise May Levenick offers practical preservation and storage tips for the most popular family treasures, from photographs to furniture, love letters to lockets. She is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. Thanks to Dorothy Long from DIL Appraisals for co-sponsoring this event.
Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Community Room

The Fellowship of the Fiber 

Thursday, March 8, 1 pm, Large Conference Room
We are the library's fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber arts.  We get together the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month to talk about what we enjoy the most and share projects.  If you're a newbie at the fiber craft game, we can help you learn!  This is our Fellowship, we look forward to your company!

Native American Lecture Series: Marcia Beaumont & Dr. Rebecca Berru-Davis

The Native American Lecture Series focuses on cultural topics and issues that affect the Native community. This month's speakers are Marcia Beaumont & Dr. Rebecca Berru-Davis, who will talk about Worlds Apart But Not Strangers, a Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All seminar sponsored by Elk River Writing Project at MSU Billings. Programs are typically held on the second Thursday of each month. Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm in the Community Room.

People's Choice Geek Out!  The Lord of the RingsLord of the Rings poster

Speak, friend, and enter; the hidden West-gate to Moria opens at 6:30pm at our next Geek Out! foray into the world of fandom: The Lord of the Rings! Get out your traveling cloak and brush up on your Sindarin, we'll be holding a costume contest, creating bookmarks with our elvish names, embarking on a Nine Walkers Scavenger Hunt, and enjoying Middle Earth trivia. Also on offer is our ever popular Green Screen wizardry - we may even have a special guest (hint: he wears a gray hat). Come, my precious, and join us for this magically fun Friday evening!  Join the Fellowship on Friday, March 9th, at 6:30 pm.

GaryFergusonOne Book Billings: Live Skype with Gary Ferguson

Gary Ferguson, author of the March One Book Billings selection, The Carry Home, will be at the library via Skype on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Community Room. Ferguson’s book is both a moving celebration of the outdoor life shared between Ferguson and his wife Jane, who died tragically in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario in 2005, and a chronicle of the mending, uplifting power of nature. He will talk about this book and his writing. Ferguson is an award-winning nature writer, whose most recent book is Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West.

How to E-Book with Montana Library 2 Go

If you are just getting started with e-books, or want to know more about Billings Public Library's digital downloads through Montana Library 2 Go, this is the class for you. We will give you a tour of the website, and introduce you to the Libby app, its newest and easiest way to access e-books and audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet. Computer Classroom, March 13th, at 4:00 pm. *Registration is required: Please call 657-8290 to sign up.

FarleyAuthor Visit: Bill Farley

Learn about a fascinating figure in Montana history, perfectly timed for St. Patrick's Day! Bill Farley's newly released book is James A. Murray: Butte's Radical Irish Millionaire. Murray, whose rise to great wealth began in the Montana mountains where he hit his first big strike, hired others to work his claims, and earned a reputation as someone who couldn't be bluffed, wouldn't be cheated, and didn’t scare at anything. He parlayed his mining wealth into banks, theatres, resorts, waterworks, and commercial properties from Seattle to San Diego. In western business circles, it was believed his ready cash was second only to copper king W. A. Clark. Where Murray shared no peers, however, was in his decidedly radical politics, especially concerning his Irish homeland. Join us for this look at Montana & Irish history in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 13 at 5:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Filmmakers’ Festival cover image dog on a snowy road in a car’s headlights The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmaker's Festival Tour

In its  fourth year at Billings Public Library, we are pleased to present the most recent selection of short films, documentaries and art from Portland's Northwest Film Center.  Each year this festival accepts entries from leading regional filmmakers from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska.  After the festival, a selection of the best short films are sent on tour, and you can see them at your library! The films show in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 27th, at 7:00 pm.  

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 February 28th, when we will discuss The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  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 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
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!