Friday Night Fun Winter - Spring 2023
Join us for weekly programs throughout the school year. There's sure to be something for everyone in your family!
All programs take place in the Community Room unless otherwise noted.
- Feb. 3rd: ArtWalk Downtown Billings feat. Amy Lynn Nelson (5:00 pm). Begin your ArtWalk Downtown Billings with us! For the first 2023 ArtWalk event, we are very excited to be showcasing the work of local photographer Amy Lynn Nelson. Amy is a freelance photographer and staff photographer for the Billings Gazette. In 2017, she was chosen as one of Sony's top 50 international photographers in its annual Sony World Photography competition!
- Feb. 10th: Movie! (6:00 pm) Join us for a screening of the anti-romantic comedy I Hate Valentines Day, which was written and directed by star Nia Vardalos. (2009, PG-13)
- Feb. 17th: The Painter's Butterfly with author Rebecca Walker. (6:00 pm) Children's author Walker will Zoom in for a presentation and reading from her book!
- Feb. 24th: Paint by Number Night. (5:00 - 7:00 pm) Chase those winter blues away with a relaxing evening of colorful paint by number fun - it's as easy as one, two, three! All painting supplies are provided, make sure you bring an apron or wear clothes that can get a little paint on them. Come and paint with us! Registration required; click here to sign up!
Upcoming Events for Adults
Great Billings Book Hunt 2023
Welcome to BPL's Great Billings Book Hunt 2023! We are very pleased to be able to bring you our online scavenger hunt for its 4th year. Log your books & complete monthly missions to challenge yourself and maybe win a prize.
The Great Billings Book Hunt February Challenge is to Explore History.
Obviously, this challenge covers a huge swath of topics and kinds of books, so the key is to find a time period and/or place that interests you. Will you explore Montana's background, or your family's? Do you like historical fiction novels, military history, regional narratives, or historical overviews of specific subjects? This is one category that should provide something for everyone!
This challenge will be open from February 1st - 28th, and badges earned will be eligible for a monthly gift card drawing.
D&D for Grownups: The Campaign Continues!
Saturdays at 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Large Conference Room
Who's up for a little adventure--of the tabletop variety? Already a popular program for tweens and teens at BPL, now adults can join the fun! We are hosting Game Master Shane Noble and his Pathfinder campaign, every Saturday in the Large Conference Room. If you are a gaming newbie, don't worry. We can walk you through getting started, and even loan you some dice.
One Book Billings
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.
Nintendo Switch Games are 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!
Games can 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 book for February is A Gentleman in Moscow by Armor Towles, and we will meet to discuss it on Wednesday, February 22nd, 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 I Found You by Lisa Jewell for our discussion on February 28, at 6:45pm in the Yellowstone Board Room and via Zoom. Email us to sign up!
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!
Discover 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!