Special Events 

Library Book Groups

  • Litcentric:  On Holiday until January!
  • Turning Page: Cowboy Girl:  The Life of Caroline Lockhart by John Clayton, November 28th, 7:00 pm
  • Graphics: Death by Neil Gaiman, November 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Please call 657-8290 for Information

Upcoming Special Events

Sign-ups Begin for Graphics: A Graphic Novel Book Group.Graphics Book Club logo

Thanks to a gift from the Friends of Billings Public Library, we've acquired ten graphic novel book club kits, which will be available for checkout in October, and we are celebrating their addition to the collection with the first meeting of a NEW Book Group.  This group will be open to teens and adults who are interested in getting together to discuss some of the best titles in the graphic novel format, an ever-expanding field that joins words and artwork to create unforgettable stories.  We will begin with DeathDeath book coverby Neil Gaiman, a collection of stories from his monumental Sandman series featuring Death, who is personified as a pale and likable young girl.  (Appropriate for adults and older teens, due to some violence and sexual imagery.)  Ten copies are available on a first come-first served basis.  To register, please come to the 2nd floor Help Desk or call 657-8290. 

  • Books are available October 1st. 
  • Our meeting will be held November 7th at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. 


NovLogo_of_National_Novel_Writing_Monthember is National Novel Writing Month. Is this your year to write your novel? Take part in the challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Join in for the kick-off and the write-in sessions.

  • Write-in: 5:30-8 pm, Wednesday, November 14, Yellowstone Board Room
  • Write-in: 5:30-8 pm, Tuesday, November 20, Conference Room
  • Write-in: 5:30-8 pm, Tuesday, November 27, Conference Room
  • TGIO! Noon-2 pm, Saturday, December 1, Community Room
    Celebrate your achievement with your fellow writers!

flowersGardening Series: Holiday Flower Arranging

Ann McKean from Canyon Creek Nursery will demonstrate how to create holiday flower arrangements. Thanks to the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for cosponsoring this program. The program will take place in the Community Room, Thursday, November 8, 5-6 pm.

Geek Out! Harry Potter

CHarry Potter Nov 10 2018elebrate the wonderful world of Harry Potter! Watch for the Goblet of Fire - complete a quiz to enter your name into the Goblet for a chance at being chosen for a prize. Ask at one of the Help Desks for details.

Then join in the celebration on Saturday, November 10th from 11-2 starting under the skylight on the 1st floor. Enjoy treats at the Three Broomsticks, search for horcruxes, make potions, play trivia, pose for greenscreen pictures and more. Beginning at 11 - a very special guest will announce the champions, and the costume contest will begin - please be on time so you don't miss out. Fun for the whole family!

One Book Billings: The Immortal Irishman

OBB_LogoLibrary Director Gavin Woltjer leads a program about Territorial Governor Thomas Meagher and his improbably adventurous life and death. This month's One Book Billings selection is The Immortal Irishman, Timothy Egan's award-winning biography of Meagher. Saturday, November 10, 1:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Yellowstone Board Room

#MeTooCivil Conversation: #MeToo Montana

Motivated by the #MeToo movement, this community panel will discuss the availability of resources in Montana to assist victims of sexual assault and harassment. Continued public awareness with information sharing and story telling is intended to end this behavior. Billings Public Library and Zonta Club of Billings assembled this panel of experts:

  • Jeff Hindoien, Deputy Attorney General, Montana Department of Justice
  • Aimee Rust and Dr. Jamee Free, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Yellowstone Counseling Center
  • William Mattix, Attorney, Crowley Fleck PLLP
  • Jeanelle Slade, Journalist, KTVQ

Moderator: Renee Coppock, Attorney, Crowley Fleck PLLP 

Join us in the Community Room, Tuesday, November 13, 6:00-8:30 pm.

battle-bulgeAuthor Program: John Driscoll & Randall LeCocq

John Driscoll and Randall LeCocq will present their book The Battle of the Bulge : a Montana Perspective about the WW II battle and the Montana soldiers who took part in it. Thursday, November 14, 6-8 pm, in the Community Room.

One on One Tech Tutoring

It's never to late to learn! Would you like some help learning to better use your computer, smartphone or other digital device? Give us a call and sign up for a free one-hour session. Our Senior Outreach Librarian will help answer your questions and make you a more confident user of technology. To set up an appointment, call 657-8255.

Classes and Crafts:

Tai Chi for Everyone presented by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Billings

In the Taoist tradition, a person's health depends on the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. The Taoist Tai Chi arts exercise the entire physiology, including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and the internal organs. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, including grip-less, flat-soled shoes, and should be prepared to sign a waiver.Thursdays at Noon in the Community Room.

The Fellowship of the Fiber 

Thursday, November 8th, 1 pm, Large Conference Room
We are the library's fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber arts.  We get together the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of every month 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!  This is our Fellowship, 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


uses the Library's collection of book club kits and usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We gather in the 2nd floor Reading Room at 7pm.  Our next meeting will be November 28th, when we will discuss Cowboy Girl:  The Life of Caroline Lockhart by John Clayton. Call 657-8290 to register.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group

  meets the last Tuesday of every month between January and October at 7pm in the second floor Large Conference Room.  We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. Bring your mug for coffee!  We are on Holiday until January!
Email to sign up.

Graphics:  A Graphic Novel Book Group

Our first meeting for this new book group, a joint project with BPL's Teen and Adult Services, will be held on November 7th in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at 7:00 pm to discuss Death by Neil Gaiman, a graphic novel appropriate for adults and older teens.  Please call 657-8290 to register.

Looking for your Next Favorite Book or Movie? 

Visit our Readers' Corner to find out what members of our Library Staff are reading and watching.  You will see what we are excited about, and can join in the conversation!  To learn about the latest hot titles, check out Book Sizzle.  Then come back next week;  we update these pages regularly!