Welcome to the Billings Public Library!
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.
The Eagle Has Landed! On July 20th, 1969, Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and the finale of Summer Reading from 11am –1pm, on Saturday, July 20, all around the Library’s 1st Floor.
The League of Women Voters of Billings and the Library will present a series of 3 evening seminars on how city government works and how residents can get more involved, from 5:30-7:30pm on July 11th, 17th, and 24th in the Community Room. Featuring local experts, the seminars will cover diverse topics from the budget to zoning and the One Big Sky project funding. See details at lwvbillings.org.
At 6pm, Thursday, July 25, in the Community Room, join Dr. Shane Larson (PhD, MSU) for "Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos" about how our understanding of the universe has expanded with time. Dr. Larson works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics at Northwestern University, where he is the Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics.
July's Adult Book Groups are keeping the 2nd Floor Conference room busy! Our Fiction Book Group is reading Annihilation, part one of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy; discussion will be at 7pm, Wednesday, July 10. Another Book Group is reading The Hunt for Vulcan...And How Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe by Thomas Levenson with discussion at 7pm, Wednesday, July 17. The LitCentric Book Group will discuss The Greatest knight : the Unsung Story of the Queen's Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick at 7pm, Tuesday, July 30. In addition to the Book Groups, author Susan Henderson will visit the Library at 7pm on Monday, July 22nd, to discuss her book The Flicker of Old Dreams, currently a Best Fiction finalist for the High Plains Book Award. Join us in the Community Room to meet the author.
The 3rd annual Royal Johnson Forum presents a day of events culminating in "Russia: Beyond the Riddle, Inside the Enigma", with Dr. Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. from 7-8:30pm, Thursday, July 25, at Petro Theater, MSU-Billings. The community is invited to the free evening presentation. Details and tickets for the luncheon and/or the private reception prior to the evening’s presentation may be purchased at www.billingslibraryfoundation.org or by calling the Billings Public Library Foundation at 237-6149.
Teens should come visit the TECH Lab in July for fun!
July has a series of special events and focus activities, many of which require a sign-up, so check now and sign up while there is still space. Focus Time activities run from 1-3pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. The topic list is: July 3: Fractals: Math in Nature; July 5: World Languages ∓ Culture; July 19: Spaghetti Engineering; July 24: Teen Podcast: Space Week*; July 26: Eggstronauts: Space Shuttles*; July 31: Teen Podcast: Memes
Sign up with YPR for Podcasting Camp from 9am to 1pm, Mon-Fri, Jul 15-19. Make your own audio story. Yellowstone Public Radio staff will teach participants the basics of story selection, interviewing, audio recording and editing, and finding their radio voice. Limited to 12 participants.
Teens can participate in Space Week activities all the week of July 23-26 from 1-3pm, as we celebrate the end of summer reading and the anniversary of the moon landing.
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