Children

Upcoming events

Adventures in Story Time

On vacation Dec 2 - Jan 2

Stories, songs and craft activity

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am

Story Tower


Adventures in Story Time introduces young children to books, songs, crafts, and other fun interactive activities designed around a theme.  Each weekly Story Time is a chance to practice reading readiness skills like listening during stories, letter awareness and predicting. Themes for the month of November include: Dinosaurs, Food, Favorite, Thankful, and Hibernation.

Story Time Vacation on vacation until January 2nd, 2023

VACATION

Books and Babies: Classic

On vacation during the month of December

Stories, songs and play

Thursdays, 3:15-4pm 

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10:15-11am

Story Tower


Want to foster a love of reading at an early age and build important early literacy skills for your young child (ages 0-2)? Join us in the Story Tower for stories, rhymes, and finger plays intended for our littlest pre-readers!   

Books and Babies: Music

On Vacation during the month of December

Stories, songs and play

1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:15-11am

Story Tower


Introducing the musical edition to our ever popular Books and Babies program! Music creates a positive connection to literacy and language between your child (ages 0-2) and you! Join us every 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10:15am in the Story Tower for books, hands-on musical play and fun!

Books and  Babies MUSIC
Art Club for Kids

Art Explorers: Art Club for Tweens 

On vacation during the month of December

Thursdays 

4-5pm 

Children's Craft Corner

No Art Explorers on Nov. 24th 


Unleash your inner-artist by exploring fun art concepts. Create new projects every week… Painting, zines, mixed media, still life, portraits—you name it, we’ll do it! Ages 9-12. No pre-registration required.

Click here to view the schedule

R.E.A.D to a Dog 

On vacation during the month of December

1st Saturdays of Every Month

11:00AM - 12:00 PM

Story Tower


Reading aloud helps your young child expand their vocabulary and improve reading comprehension. Learning to read can be scary; a friendly face, particularly one with a wagging tail, can ease reading anxieties and build confidence.  Each child will be able to sign up on the day of the program and have a chance to read to one dog. Space is limited.  

READ to a Dog is an affiliate program of R.E.A.D.® (or) Reading Education Assistance Dogs® which is part of Inter-Mountain Therapy Animals of Salt Lake City, Utah.  This program is made possible by funding through the Otto and Yvonne Mansfield Endowment for Pet Therapy at St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation and the Billings Public Library Foundation.

R.E.A.D Announcement
Game on!

Game On!

Fridays

3-4:45 pm 

Craft Corner

Join us for open game time.  There will be family friendly board games and lots of Legos! Children of all ages are welcome.

Try It Yourself (TIY) STEAM Kits

Now available for checkout!

Through generous grants from the Friends of Billings Public Library and the Billings Public Library Foundation, kids and families will have the chance to explore STEAM components in a new way.

  • Children and families can enjoy  hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)
  • 12 kits are available; each kit contains a unique collection of multi-media materials including books, DVDs, games, and models chosen to appeal to a variety of learning styles and ages.

TIY Kits updated


iVox

iVox Books that Move!

iVOX is a children’s book app for ages 3-8, which engages and delights curious young minds with the latest in storytelling technology. Part eBook, part audiobook and part virtual pop-up. Children follow along with the exciting stories while interacting with 3D characters and scenes immersed in the narrative like never before (no 3D glasses needed!).

Download the app, log in with your library card and watch children's books come to life! 

Android app 

Apple app

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you have a child not yet in kindergarten? Sign up today and foster a love of reading at an early age. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are all encouraged to participate. 

One book a day = 1000 books before kindergarten!

 Register Here

1000Books Logo - Bear with Green Book

Bright by Text _Library Promo_Updated10.19.2021

Bright by Text

Bright by Text is a free texting services that helps parents and caregivers make the most out of their early interactions by suggesting fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, ways to aid a child’s physical development, and much more. In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about free and low-cost events and resources specific to the Billings area, such as health clinics, preschool enrollment periods, and fun events for families.

To sign up, parents and caregivers with children under 5 years old can text 406Parents to 274448. They will receive 2 to 5 text messages per week that includes a link to a landing page with more detail, short modeling videos, and links to related resources.

Visit our Virtual Story Tower!

Do you miss hanging out in our Story Tower?  Here's your chance to visit it virtually! Click on the images for links to fun games, videos, songs and other learning activities.  Stop by seasonally for new adventures.