Upcoming events

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Friday Night Fun Returns!

Join us for weekly programs throughout the school year.  There's sure to be something for everyone in your family!

All programs begin at 6:00 pm in the Community Room unless otherwise noted. September's events include:

  • Sept. 30th: Audubon Bat Walk.  (off-site)
  • Oct. 14th: Game Night! (Children's Craft Corner, 5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Oct. 28th: Teddy Bear (and friends) Sleepover. (Children's Story Tower, 6:00 pm)

Upcoming Programs for Adults

One Book BillingsOne Book Billings

The 2022-2023 season has begun. 

Sponsored by a grant from Bernard Rose through the Billings Public Library Foundation, the One Book Billings program seeks to provide a forum for library patrons to read and discuss in small groups regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, especially Montana. Discussion groups come together five times a year (every other month from September to May), each discussing the same book.

In November we are reading The Grizzly in the Driveway by Robert Chaney. Books and Discussion signups will be available beginning October 1st.

Click here for our upcoming schedule!

NaNoWriMo Prep, Oct. 5th at 6pm
NaNoWriMo Prep, Oct. 12 at 6pm
NaNoWriMo Prep, Oct. 19 at 6pm

NaNoWriMo Prep!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and takes place each November.  Participants write 50,000 words over the course of the month, and BPL is partnering with local authors to get our community WriMos prepped for the challenge with a series of workshops.

  • Oct. 5th (6:00 pm, Community Room): Craig Lancaster & Elisa Lorello, "Setting and Managing Expectations".  Are you considering taking part in National Novel Writing Month? Committed? Not yet sure? Billings authors Elisa Lorello (Faking It, the upcoming All of You) and Craig Lancaster (600 Hours of Edward, And It Will Be a Beautiful Life) will share their tips, strategies, pros, and cons as the annual writing marathon approaches. Lorello, the author of more than a dozen books, including international bestsellers, is a seasoned participant in the event and often uses it as a laboratory for her projects. Lancaster is a one-and-done NaNoWriMo participant. He wrote the entirety of his debut novel, 600 Hours of Edward, during the 2008 event, and it went on to win a High Plains Book Award and become an international bestseller.
  • Oct. 12th (6:00 pm, Yellowstone Board Room): Virginia Duke, "Crafting Compelling Characters". Compelling characters are essential to any story, whether you write a slow-burn character-driven novel, a cozy mystery, or Volume I of your epic fantasy series (especially if you envision a series!). Billings writer Virginia Duke (represented by Liz Parker, Verve Talent & Literary) will help you prepare for the first draft of your novel by covering the essential elements of a compelling character and what you do--and don't!--need to know about 'em to get started. Bring your writing tool(s) of choice; you'll walk away with strategies and the rough outline of one character. 
  • Oct. 19th (6:00 pm, Community Room): Danell Jones, "Writing Great Dialogue". Hone your writing skills in preparation of November’s NaNoWriMo challenge with local author, Danell Jones, in a hands-on workshop focusing on all things dialogue. Danell Jones is the author of An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor, and brings over 30 years of writing and teaching experience. This program is the final session in our October NaNoWriMo Prep series, but check back in November for weekly write-ins! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this workshop.  Please go to the Library Calendar to register.

Adult Take and Make Mini Cog Kit

Monday, October 10  In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month, BPL is honored to make available to our adult library visitors a Mini Cog Take & Make Kit.  Inspired by the library’s current circulating Cog Kits (short for Cognitive Activity Kits), we’ve curated a selection of puzzles, balance and art activities, all chosen with the purpose of exercising cognitive functions in adults.  Kits are available at the second floor Help Desk on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 

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Art Demonstration Series features Barbara Garrett

Oct. 17th (4:30 - 6:00PM, Community Room): Barbara Huffcutt Garrett.  Barbara Huffcutt Garrett was born in northern Wisconsin and attended a one room country school through the seventh grade. The family of five children grew up surrounded by rural life in an unplugged age. She graduated with both bachelor's and master's degrees from Montana State University-Bozeman. She is a pastel artist specializing in landscapes of the Billings area, south-central Montana, and northern Wyoming. Her work is marked by its luminosity and powerful colors. You can view more of her amazing work at:

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But is It Tolkien?: The Rings of Power Series, the Text, and the Fans

Thursday, October 20th, 6:30pm, Community Room

Join Daniel Funderhide, President of The Council of Westmarch, as he discusses the enormously popular (and divisive) Amazon series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, which has garnered much strong reaction, both positive and negative, as well as confusion.  The talk will explore the series' themes and intentions, relation to Tolkien works, and fan reaction.  There will be opportunity to ask questions after the lecture, as well as a bit of trivia for a prize!

Oct. 22nAuthor Tim Lehman Oct 22 2pmd: Tim Lehman (2:00 pm, Community Room).  Join us for an author event featuring Tim Lehman. He is the author of two books, Public Values, Private Lands: American Farmland Preservation Policy, 1933-1985 (University of North Carolina Press, 1995) and Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He has also published articles and numerous reviews in professional and popular journals.

Quarter 4 Badge Great Billings Book Hunt 2022The Great Billings Book Hunt 2022

We are back with a third year of reading, challenges, and prizes!   Monthly activities encourage you to search for titles outside your comfort zone. Log your books and complete our challenges, and you might even win a prize. 

October Challenge: Spine Chillers! October is our favorite spooky season, so we want you to find a nice little horror story for the month!  Think ghost stories, chilling true crime or folklore, even psychological suspense. Authors to check out include Cherie Priest, Ann Rule, Gillian Flynn, Karen Stevens, John Harwood, Joe Hill, Sarah Waters, Grady Hendrix, Tananerive Due, Victor Lavalle, Shirley Jackson, Chelsea Cain, Stephen King, or Caroline Kepnes.

Complete the mission by telling us about what you read to earn a badge for Quarter 4. This challenge will be open from October 1st - 31st.

Sign up here! 

Screenshot 2022-05-05 112520 thumbNintendo Switch Games are Now Available for Checkout!

We are pleased to announce that Nintendo Switch video games are now available for checkout at the library! Games are limited to two (2) games per patron, and will be checked out for 14 days. We have an assortment of DVDs and books related to video game history and culture available, as well, so feel free to check out some fun, informative companion materials!

The initial rush went better than expected! More games have been ordered and should be available in the near future!

Games can now be placed on hold but are not renewable. Games will accrue $1/day in late fines to a maximum of $10. Games must be checked out at the 2nd-floor Reference desk.

Click here to view our full Nintendo Switch games collection!

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 next discussion will be on Death: a graphic novel collection by Neil Gaiman on Wednesday, October 26th, at 6:30 pm in the 2nd floor Yellowstone Board Room. Please email us for more information.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group

We meet the last Tuesday of the month, January through October.  We're currently reading Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food by Liz Carlisle and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for our discussion on October 25th, at 7:00 pm via Zoom.  Email us to sign up!

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. 

Come to our Facebook Group Page for more information.  

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!

Online Resources

Woman using tablet computer Opens in new windowDiscover our online resources!  You can check out e-books, magazines, 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!