The TECH Lab is open

Open lab hours will be Monday - Thursday 2:30pm - 5:30pm and Friday 12:30pm-5:30pm. Visit the TECH Lab page to learn more about the equipment and other fun things available during these times.

Teen Summer Reading Preview

View some of the prizes you will have the chance to win! An Art Set, Drone, Camera, and a Kindle Fire! We also have tons of gift cards for City Brew, Taco Bell, Subway, Little Caesars, Google Play, itunes, and more!

If you have earned a prize in your Summer Reading Account, stop by the TECH Lab to choose your item! For questions, call 406.696.8538

Art Set

Art Set with 2 Sketch Books


Simrex Drone (Box Measures 6" x 4")

Instant Camera

Kodak Digital & Instant Print Camera with Photo Paper

Kindle Fire-Blue

Fire HD 8 tablet, 8" 32 GB, Twilight Blue (2 Separate Prizes Available)

Letter to a Young Poet (1)

During Summer Reading, a new poem and prompt will be posted here every Monday. Write a response to Melissa and mail it to her! Letter Writing Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from the library.

Melissa Kwasny: Montana Poet Laureate for 2019-2021

Melissa is the author of six books of poetry, as well as a collection of prose writings. She is the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800–1950 and co-editor with M.L. Smoker, of the anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Global Human Rights. Melissa recently published Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear, her first book of investigative nonfiction.

Letters to a Young Poet is hosted by Humanities Montana's, Speakers in the Schools program.

**Don't forget to have a parent sign the communication form and include it with your first letter to Melissa! And to add a return address to get a letter back.**

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Grow your own microgreens! 

An outdoor workshop for TEENS at Billings Public Library with guest presenter, Emilie Burditt. Join us on June 25th at 11am- 12pm to learn about microgreens, how to start growing them, and leave with your own starter kit. The workshop will take place on the patio outside of the Library Community Room. Attend to receive the secret code that you can enter for Summer Reading points! Register here
Emilie is an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Billings Metro VISTA Project. Learn more here

How to Train your dragon


Billings Public Library and The Babcock present a FREE showing of How to Train Your Dragon on June 30th at 6:00 PM. Watch this animated favorite as part of the Tails & Tales Teen Summer Reading Program! TEENS can register ahead of time to receive free books and the chance to win a Dungeons & Dragons Starter Kit! A secret code will be given for teen participants to enter into their Summer Reading account for 200 points. Showing is open to the public. Made possible by The Town Pump Charitable Foundation’s Keep Kids Reading Grant. Register here

**Please note that the Billings Public Library newsletter has a typo for the start time of the movie. The movie will start at 6pm, not 6:30pm. The Babcock Theater is located at 2812 2nd Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101BabcockLogo

July 9th at 100pm


A Sustainable Agriculture program presented by Jacie Huntington, Nutritional Health Coach for Natural Grocers. TEENS can join us July 9th at 1pm via Zoom. “There are many reasons to love organics—pesticide-free, non-GMO, nutrient-dense, good4 the planet and… good4u!”

Teens who register ahead of time will receive an educational kit and goodie bag prior to the presentation. Emails will be sent notifying you when they are ready for pick up. Participants will also be entered to win extra prizes provided by Natural Grocers! 

Register now!

World Building with Wolves (1)

World Building With Wolves

Teens will receive activity kits prior to the event. An email will be sent notifying you when your kit is ready to pick up from the library!

Earn points for Summer Reading when you attend.

Register now!

Featured Programs

Outdoor Book Club (ages 13-17) 

Join us this summer for 3 sessions of Picnic in the Park! We will discuss a different book at each meeting. The first book we will be reading is Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, available to pick up from the library starting June 1. The book is yours to keep! We will meet on Tuesday, June 22 at 11am-12pm at Pioneer Park for a group discussion, snacks, and fresh air. 


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-So-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
  • Blue
  • 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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July Registration is now full. Please check back later 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  

  • Check back later for our next kit!
  • 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!

Teen Take Away Kits

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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