Welcome to the Billings Public Library!

Gavin Woltjer, Library Director
Gavin Woltjer, Library Director

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.

September at the Library will be a lively month. Come meet fascinating authors, see a short play, and join us for Friday Fun every Friday evening.

John Clayton’s new book, “Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands,” explores how two very different, yet very influential, men approached the question of American wild lands and how they should best be protected for generations to come. Meet the author at 7pm, Tuesday, September 10, in the Community Room.
Billings-based writer Russell Rowland, author of “Arbuckle,” the September selection for One Book Billings, will talk about his book and the family heritage that inspired this novel and two of his other novels, “In Open Spaces” and “The Watershed Years.” Rowland is also the author of the nonfiction book about Montana entitled “56 Counties.” Meet the author at 1pm, Saturday, September 14, in the Community Room.
Juliet Cutler will discuss and sign copies of her new memoir, “Among the Maasai.” Twenty years ago, she left Billings to teach at the first school for Maasai girls in East Africa. In addition to writing and teaching, she is a designer of award winning exhibits for museums and cultural centers throughout the world. She works as an advocate for empowering at-risk girls through education. Please join us in a conversation about the transformative power of education for girls in Tanzania. Meet the author at 7pm, Thursday, September 26, in the Community Room.
Our next Civil Conversation will occur at 6:30pm, Thursday, September 19, in the Community Room, on the topic "Owning Our History - Japanese Internment". In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the incarceration of thousands of residents of the western states with Japanese ancestry, both immigrants and citizens alike. The legacies of that decision are still echoing within the American consciousness. Dakota Russell, Executive Director of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Wyoming, will talk about the ramifications of the Japanese internment to those who went through it and for the country. A discussion follows.
The lively one-hour play, “Love That Dog,” is adapted from the book by Sharon Creech. A young student ruminates on the confusing, pointless nature of poetry and the complete impossibility of a person writing their own poems. But over the course of the play, a young poet emerges with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and, of course, a dog. This play is fun for all ages. See the play presented by the Montana Repertory Theater at 7pm, Wednesday, September 25, in the Community Room.

Friday Night Fun in the Community Room returns starting the 6th of September with a Farewell for Ms. Cindy! Cindy Patterson, longtime Children’s Librarian, is retiring. Come wish her well from 6:30–8pm, Friday, September 6. The next week, at 6:30–8:30pm, Friday, Sept. 13, join us for the Downton Abbey “Chic Out” - an evening tea! Don your fanciest attire. Enjoy the show’s finale; drink tea; make a fascinator hat. Then at 6:30pm, Friday, September 20, come play BINGO! We’ll be playing as many games as we can in two hours, and we’ll throw in some variations and fun things. Bring the family and try to win some fabulous prizes! The last Friday in September, come to Harvest Fest! We are celebrating Fall with treats, crafts and fun autumn related activities from 6:30–8pm, Friday, September 27.

For addtional details about any of these events, and info on many others, check our Featured Events page or our Events for Adults page.

September will see the start of WEDNESDAY NIGHT GAMING:PATHFINDER RPG AND BOARD GAMES. The 2nd Edition of Pathfinder is now out, and we’re starting up a weekly group to play through some epic adventures! Never played a tabletop RPG before? No worries! We’re starting from the ground up so just swing by and check the game out, and we can help get you started. Not into an RPG? We’ll also be playing a variety of other board games, from Scythe to Settlers of Catan. Feel free to bring your own or just come hang out. See you there from 6–9pm, Wednesdays, in the 2nd floor Teen Area.

Join our Teen Book Group! We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. Snacks and drinks are offered. In September, we’re reading Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ “Nobody,” a fast-paced action thriller. To register and reserve your copy of the book, call 657–8290. See you at 4–5pm, Thursday, September 19, in Teen Study 2.

Check the Teen page for details and for other special programs, and our ongoing weekly open lab times.

See many other programs and activities on our web pages, at Events for Adults, or our Featured Events, things for children & tweens 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 10 am-4 pm.

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
Library Director