The Library is CLOSED until Aug 17th at 10 a.m.
CURBSIDE PICK-UP service continues Monday - Friday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
While the Library is closed, it’s a great time to discover the resources BPL offers online. Check out e-books and audiobooks, take a class, learn a new language, stream your favorite music and much more. Try it out today!
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds - BPL will also be posting links to other great sites that have other ways to educate, entertain and distract you!
Excellent Work, Summer Readers!
Librarians randomly drew winners for the Grand Prize Baskets and the last of the weekly Book Reviews and Missions have been drawn from for prizes. Winners have been notified by email and through their Adult Summer Reading Account. All prizes are ready for curbside pickup (from the library parking lot) starting August 5th! Thank you to all the great readers for participating and we hope you have a great August!
Adult Take and Make Kits
Maker crafts aren’t just for kids anymore - now they’re available for adults, too! Each kit will include a simple craft or activity designed to keep your brain young and your imagination limber, and they’ll be paired with a suggested reading list for further activities curated by your crafty librarians. You will receive most of the supplies you need to complete each activity, but in some cases supplies will need to be supplemented ie: scissors, hot glue; some kits will be accompanied by either a recorded or live tutorial (to be announced) and free for everyone to access on Billings Public Library’s YouTube channel. Kit # 2 Dog Days Terrarium is available now through curbside pickup! For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include Adult Take and Make in the subject line.
Take a Virtual Road Trip
Do you want to go on an adventure? Take a virtual road trip across Montana!
You’ll have to figure out answers to some tricky questions about Montana people, places and history to be able to start each new leg of the trip. And we can’t wait to introduce you to Bob, your travel buddy. The journey begins here - Start Your Road Trip
Imagine Your Story video lesson presented by Crooked Line Studio: Space is available!
Our friend "Doodlen" Dan of Crooked Line Studio has created an amazing watercolor pencil and colored pencil drawing lesson based on our very own Summer Reading Program! The lesson will be accessible by creating a free Vimeo account and going to Crooked Line Studio’s Vimeo page to purchase the lesson. The lesson, suitable for both adults and younger audiences, costs $10 to access and is approximately 1.5 hours long; an accompanying kit is available for purchase directly from Crooked Line Studio, located at 1206 24th Street West. The cost of a kit is $18. and includes a set of 24 Crayola watercolor pencils, 2 sheets of watercolor paper, and 1 water brush pen.
Billings Public Library is providing this lesson free to the first 30 people who sign up by emailing email@example.com *please include "Crooked Line Class" in your subject space.
The Adult Reading Olympics
August's Reading Challenge: Get Graphic! Billings Public Library has a growing collection of graphic novels in various genres, in both fiction and non-fiction. Read one this month and let us know what you thought in the August Activity page. This challenge will be available through August 31st.
The Reading Olympics will continue through December, and you can join at any time. Sign up and start working towards your reading goals--or stretch outside your comfort zone with monthly exercises in different genres or authors. Log your reading to earn points, and complete monthly reading challenges! You will be awarded badges for the completed challenges, and be entered into quarterly prize drawings. At the end of the year, top readers will be entered into grand prize drawings based on the number of points you earn! Are you ready for this challenge? Sign Up Now!
The Knitting Circle and Fiber Arts Group
We are pleased to announce that our group has moved to an online format! We’re meeting every Thursday afternoon at 1pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining our group - you will receive an invitation to attend.
We are the library’s Knitting Circle and fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber. We get together to talk about what we enjoy the most and share projects. If you’re a newbie at the fiber craft game, we can help you learn - we look forward to your company!
Library Book Groups!
The Library sponsors book discussion groups which are sure to whet your appetite for something different:
Turning Page Book Discussion Group
Our current book is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, August 26th at 4:00 pm.
Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
LitCentric Book Discussion Groupuses a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. We will be meeting virtually on August 25th. Our next read is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and request a copy for curbside pickup.
Billings Bookmarks: An Online Book Group
We want to talk with you about what you’re reading! As part of The Billings Bookmarks, you can share thoughts about your current reads, connect with fellow Billings readers, and have some fun. We’re planning to hold discussions for specific titles on our Facebook Group Page this fall!
Graphics: A Graphic Novel Book Group
A joint project with Adult and Teen Services, this intergenerational book group will feature selections from our Graphic Novel Book Kits for bi-monthly discussions. Our next online meeting will be on August 12th at 7:00 pm, when we will discuss Akira, volume 1, by Katsuhiro Otomo. Books are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help desk!