Welcome to the Billings Public Library!
Located in beautiful downtown Billings, MT, the Billings Public Library strives to be a place of exploration, education, and inclusiveness that provides entertainment, research resources, music, computer technology, digitization services, and educational opportunities for our community.
March is Women's History Month and Billings Public Library will present "Building a Place for Poultry in Montana: Harriette Cushman and Poultry Work in Montana” in conjunction with the Western Heritage Center at 6pm on Thursday, March 21, in the Community Room. Amy McKinney, associate professor of history at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, will discuss Cushman and her efforts to create a comprehensive poultry program in Montana. The first female poultry specialist in the United States, Cushman crossed many boundaries throughout her thirty-three-year career (1922-1955) with the Cooperative Extension Service.
One Book Billings will be reading Joe Wilkins' FAR ENOUGH: A WESTERN IN FRAGMENTS in March - a series of short prose fragments told from several viewpoints. Discussions will take place March 4-7. For registration details, check our Adults page. On March 9th, join us for a Skype Talk with author Joe Wilkins at 1:00 pm in the Community Room.
Join us Friday nights for free family-oriented programs. Check out the March Friday Night Fun programs:
- Mar. 1: Board Game night
- Mar. 8: Pancake Printing and Pancake History
- Mar. 15: Ides of March Toga Party
- Mar. 22: Women's History Scavenger Hunt
- Mar. 29: Geek Out – Stranger Things
Check out our calendar page or Adult page for details about these special programs for adults in March:
#LiteraryMarchMania! Throughout March, the Library is pitting the bestsellers of the past year against each other to decide the winning book of the year. Your part is to make the calls by choosing your favorites! This will be from March 1st - 30th online - a Championship trophy will be awarded March 30th.
Civil Conversations: "Local Impact of Opioids" - The next installment in our Civil Conversation series explores the impact of opioids within our community on Thursday, March 14th, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.
The Best of the 45th NW Filmmakers' Festival Tour returns for its 5th year at Billings Public Library! This year's tour features 6 films, one from each represented state & BC, including the entry From Parts Unknown from Montana's Michael Workman, a documentary about underground amateur wrestler Jesse "Madman" Manson. Showings will be Saturday, March 23rd, at 1:00 pm, in the Community Room.
Exciting programs for Teens are going on in March - see our Teen page for details about Tabletop Miniatures Painting on Thursdays in March from 3:30-5pm - Come and learn the basics of miniature painting and create your own epic adventurers and mythic beasts! There's also Python Coding with Brody on Tuesdays at 4 pm, Japan Club on Wednesdays at 7pm, computer Science Thursdays at 3pm, Fortnite on Fridays at 3pm, and D&D on Saturdays at 1pm - lots of stuff for Teens!
The Library also has an exciting month for Tweens (ages 9-12) coming up in March. For details, see our Children's page - here's a sample:
- Tween Explorer: Tsunami Wipe Out - Dive into the waves of tsunamis! From 4-5pm, on Wednesday,March 20, Community Room
- Tween STEAM: Battle Boats - Can you build a boat? Come test your skills with recycled material. From 4–5pm, Wednesday,March 6, Community Room.
There are many other fun events for Children in March available on the Children's page, like Jr Adventure: Cherry Blossom Painting for ages 6-8. Explore new painting techniques (no painting experience needed), from 4-5pm, Wednesday, March 27, in the Community Room.
See many other programs and activities on our web pages, at Events for Adults, or our Featured Events, things for children to do on our Children's page, or just keep an eye on our events calendar. The library's web pages hold a wealth of information and activities for all ages.
Many resources are available online with your library card. Explore our digital magazines with RBDigital; learn a foreign language with Mango Languages or a new skill with Universal Class, download free songs at Freegal Music, and have fun with our other databases and downloads.
I hope that when you visit your Library you will also take some time to visit the Sweet Café and enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack while also experiencing the many services provided to you. The Café is open Mon-Fri from 10am-2pm & 3pm-5pm.
The Billings Public Library has designated 2019 as the "Year of Multicultural Literacy." Throughout the course of the year, the Library, through various community partnerships, will provide programming, services, and educational opportunities for all residents of Yellowstone County.
The Library is many things to many people. It is our goal that every person who visits the Library leaves with a positive experience. A strong and popular library reflects well on the entire community.
Part of our ongoing improvement process involves reviewing feedback from you. We value your opinion of our Library and what we are doing to serve you. I appreciate the trust you place in the Library. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me. If I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.
We look forward to your visit!
Gavin J. Woltjer