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.
Check our Adults page for an exciting list of May programs. We'll start the month off on May 2 at 7pm in the Community Room with a history talk about "How the Railroad Shapes Livingston, Montana" by Paul Shea, director of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum in Livingston.
Then on Saturday, May 4th, help us kick off Summer Reading with May the Fourth be with you, a special Star Wars Saturday, celebrating May the Fourth AND the beginning of Summer Reading sign-ups! A whole series of events begins at 10:30am in the Community Room.
There are two author visits in May - One Book Billings author John Clayton will talk about his book “Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon” on Saturday, May 11, at 1pm in the Community Room. Then on May 16th at 7pm, local businessman Willie Dimich will discuss “Coal Miner to Pepsi Bottler” and tell wonderful stories about the history of Red Lodge and Billings, the makings of a family business, and the importance of community.
At 6pm on Thursday, May 30, Ellen Baumler, award-winning author and interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society, will explore Montana’s urban and remote Chinese settlements through archaeological sites, artifacts and rare remaining landmarks, recalling the contributions of Montana’s Chinese residents and the cultural footprints they left behind in her program "Chinese in Montana: Our Forgotten Pioneers”. This program is cosponsored by Humanities Montana.
At noon, Friday, May 17, under the Oculus, the Billings Sons of Norway Jotunheiman Lodge will share with the people of Billings their Syttende Mai celebration! May 17 is a special day, honoring Norway’s Independence and reveling in Norwegian culture.
Join us Friday nights for free family-oriented programs. Check out the May Friday Night Fun programs:
- May 3: National Montana Day - Celebrate our state! 6:30-8:30pm
- May 10: Wizard of Oz Movie Sing-along - Songs you all know, along the Yellow Brick Road! 6:30-8:30 pm
- May 17: Karaoke Night - bring your back-up singers and vocalize! 6:30-8:30 pm
- May 24: Camp Out in the library! Get ready for summer! 6:30-8:30 pm
May will have the a Model Rocketry workshop to learn about the science of rocketry and build your own model rocket! Teens come for three weekly sessions as they build rockets and learn about what makes them work. Space is limited; sign up at 657– 8290 for all three sessions: 4:30pm, every Tuesday, May 7, 14 & 21 • Launch Day, Saturday, May 25, Castlerock Park.
Our ongoing Teen Book Group will meet on Thursday afternoon, May 23rd, from 4-5 pm in Teen Study 2, with snacks and drinks provided. The May discussion will be about When by Victoria Laurie.
Check the Teen page for other special programs, and our ongoing weekly fun - Python Coding with Brody on Tuesdays at 4 pm, Computer Science Thursdays at 3 pm, Fortnite on Fridays at 3 pm, and D&D on Saturdays at 1 pm - lots of stuff for Teens!
There are also many fun events for Children and Tweens in May available on the Children's page.
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 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