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Middle Kingdom Book CoverAuthor Event: Mark Johnson

Friday, May 20, 6-7pm in the Community Room

Mark Johnson, author of The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky, will be joining us for an exciting presentation and book signing.

The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky explores the history of Chinese communities in Montana using previously untranslated documents from Chinese Montanans and by seeking to understand their experiences through a global lens. 

Harry Koyama Art Demo May 26

Art Demo by Harry Koyama

Community members are invited to attend an art demonstration by renowned Billings-based artist Harry Koyama. An impressionist, Koyama’s oil paintings capture American West wildlife, landscapes and Native American subjects. His studio/gallery, Harry Koyama Fine Art, is located in historic downtown Billings. This event is part of a series dubbed Art by Billings Public Library, or “artXbpl,” which will showcase a variety of artists and types of artistic expression throughout 2022.

Was It Worth It Book Cover

Author Event: Doug Peacock

Friday, May 27th, 6-7pm in the Community Room

Doug Peacock, author of Was It Worth It?: A Wilderness Warrior's Long Trail Home will join us for an exciting presentation and book signing!  

Author Bio: Doug Peacock ( is an American naturalist, outdoorsman, and author. He is best known for his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, a memoir of his experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, much of which he spent alone in the wilderness of the western U.S. observing grizzly bears. He co-founded Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for Round River, which works with indigenous people and governments in Namibia, Botswana, North, South and Central America to develop conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. Round River has emerged as one of the most successful medium-sized conservation groups anywhere, having contributed to the preservation of more than 20 million acres of wilderness. Doug lives in Emigrant, Montana, and spends considerable time in the Sonoran Desert, southeast Utah and with the grizzlies of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

Summer Reading begins Monday, June 6th!

Summer Reading

The Great Billings Book Hunt 2022

The Great Billings Book Hunt

Challenge yourself in the Great Billings Book Hunt! Monthly activities encourage you to search for titles outside your comfort zone. Log your books and complete our challenges, and you might even win a prize.

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