Teens

Ongoing Teen Programs

View a printable calendar of events for September

TECH Lab Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday- Friday: 3pm - 7pm

Saturday: 1pm - 5pm


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Visit the TECH Lab page to learn more about the equipment and other fun things available during these times.

Email Vanessa at justicev@billingsmt.gov with any questions.

The TECH Lab will be closed the following days:

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, September 14

Thank you for your understanding. 

Featured Programs

Learn Magic The Gathering

Tweens and teens aged 11-17 can join us for a lesson in Magic on September 10, 11am - 1pm in the 2nd floor large conference room. Receive your own deck (to keep!) and learn the basics of this popular game. No experience necessary. Registration is required. Sign up now

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Super Smash Bros Tournament

Teens 11-17 can join us on September 23 at 5pm for an exciting and competitive video game tournament! Play the popular Nintendo Switch game with others and enjoy snacks. The winner of the tournament will receive a prize. This event is planned and facilitated by our Teen Advisory Group members. Registration is required. 

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Teen Anime Club

Join us September 10, in the TECH Lab 2pm – 4pm to watch My Neighbor Totoro and create a craft! Open to 11 - 17 year olds.

Anime club will meet the second and fourth Saturday of every month and will feature a different movie or show and activity. You only need to register once, not for each week. Sign up below. 

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Teen Book Club

Our Teen Book Club is able to continue because of the generous Big Sky Reads Grant from Humanities Montana. Books are free to keep! Sign up here to join!

September's book is The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R. M. Romero. We will meet September 28th from 6pm - 7pm in the Library TECH Lab. 

Previous Teen Book Club Choices

  • The Ghosts of Rose Hill, by R. M. Romero, Sep 2022
  • Ace of Spades, by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Aug 2022 (not funded by Big Sky Reads Grant)
  • Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, July 2022 (partially funded by Big Sky Reads Grant)
  • The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, June 2022 
  • Lore, by Alexandra Bracken, May 2022
  • Skyhunter, by Marie Lu, April 2022
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo, March 2022
  • Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman, Feb 2022
  • Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn, Jan 2022
  • Lobizona, by Romina Garber, Oct 2021
  • Darius the Great is not Okay, by Adib Khorram, Sep 2021
  • Tokyo Ever After, by Emiko Jean, Aug 31 2021
  • Angel of Greenwood, by Randi Pink, Aug 10 2021
  • Witches Steeped in Gold, by Ciannon Smart, July 2021
  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, June 2021

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The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project is a teen-led program empowering young people to take action to improve our communities. Teens who want to make a difference work together to identify a problem, design a project, and find solutions. This nonpartisan program is a partnership between Humanities Montana and Billings Public Library and will last throughout the school year. Open to 6th - 12th graders.  

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Teen Book Boxes

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Teen Book Boxes program! Teens will receive free books, educational materials, and surprise items when they sign up each month. Limited supplies available on a first-come, first-served basis. Open to 11- 19 year olds.

October Registration is now full.

An email will be sent to the address provided on your registration when your box is ready to pick up, usually the first week of the month.

Keep an eye out for future announcements! If you have received a Teen Book Box in the past, please consider filling out this feedback form

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

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Previous Kits

Instructions and supply lists for our previous Teen Take Away Kits. Get crafty with things you find around the house!

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:

Steps:

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.

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Current color options:

  • Black
  • Green
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Yellow

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 Spotlights

Kenzi Stephens' winning submission for the World Building Contest!

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

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