Teen Summer Reading Preview

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A new poem and prompt will be posted here every Monday during Summer Reading. Earn this badge when you participate!

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Featured Programs

Outdoor Book Club (ages 13-17) 

Enjoy the warm weather and join us for our upcoming summer program, Picnic in the Park! Our first meeting will happen mid-June at Pioneer Park. A free copy of the book will be available to pick up from the library a few weeks before we meet. Snacks and exciting conversations will be provided. Sign up now

This project is funded by the grant, Big Sky Reads from Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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The first book we will be reading is Elatsoe (pronounced E-Lat-Su-WAY) by Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe--Ellie for short--lives in an alternate contemporary America shaped by the ancestral magics and knowledge of its Indigenous and immigrant groups. She can raise the spirits of dead animals--most importantly, her ghost dog Kirby. When her beloved cousin dies, all signs point to a car crash, but his ghost tells her otherwise: He was murdered.

Who killed him and how did he die? With the help of her family, her best friend Jay, and the memory great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother, Elatsoe, must track down the killer and unravel the mystery of this creepy town and its dark past. But will the nefarious townsfolk and a mysterious Doctor stop her before she gets started?

A breathtaking debut novel featuring an asexual, Apache teen protagonist, Elatsoe combines mystery, horror, noir, ancestral knowledge, haunting illustrations, fantasy elements, and is one of the most-talked about debuts of the year.

Free 3D Printing From Home

Use the TECH Lab's 3D printers by sending your designs to us and picking them up when they're finished!

What you need:


Create a design and pick a filament color. Email your 3D design as an STL file, your color choice from the list below, and your name. Note that 3D models will be limited to one color and sizes may need to be adjusted. Our printers can only print objects that fit within a 10"x6"x6" space. Paint is available upon request. Email Vanessa in the TECH Lab at justicev@billingsmt.gov with any questions.




Current color options:

  • Black
  • Green
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Silver (Gray)
  • White

PLA Filament: best used to reliably create high detail parts. It is best for cosmetic prints used in low-stress applications. It is perfect for beginners due to ease of printing. Dremel PLA is a high-quality PLA designed for reliability and ease of printing. It has a high softening temperature to minimize risk of nozzle jams while maintaining print quality. 

PLA FILAMENT WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

— https://shop.dremel.com/3d-printer-filaments/  


Teen Book Boxes

Themed boxes that feature one or more books that teenagers can KEEP! Each box contains surprise items related to the book inside and will vary. Items included may be just for fun or educational! Supporting educational content may be photos, translations, historical information, etc. Each Book Box will vary based on the topics explored in the selected book. 

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June Registration is now full. Please check back for more announcements.

View the books we sent out in previous months and download the educational materials from our READING page!

This project is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The items and information included do not necessarily represent the views of Humanities Montana or the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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Billings Public Library's teen-produced blog! 

Explore reviews about books, movies, music, and more. Teens can also share creative writing like poems, short stories, and even artwork. Check out the blog now and send us your submissions to be published on our site!

Teen Take-Away Kits  

  • Make your own wind chime kits are available now! 
  • Kits can be picked up from our curbside service or from the holds area on the first floor of the library. First-come, first-served.
  • Visit our Take & Make page for PDF instructions of previous Teen Take-Away Kits!

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Teen Spotlights

Read Megan Bingham's poem, "Hope," winner of the Billings Public Library's Creative Writing Competition!

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View photographs taken by two talented teens who participated in our Cellphone Photography workshop series! Thanks Adisyn Gamble and Dayna Otis!

Katelyn Bauer interviewed Will Bruder, the architect for the new Billings Public Library building, and used the TECH Lab equipment to edit the video together. Way to go Katelyn!

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