Special Events 

Library Book Groups

  • Turning Page: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, August 28th, 7:00 pm
  • Litcentric:  The Greatest Knight by Thomas Ashbridge, July 30th, 7:00 pm
  • Graphics: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, August 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Please call 657-8290 for Information

Upcoming Special Events

universe of stories graphicSummer Reading Wrap-Up!

2019's theme is "A Universe of Stories", and we have some exciting events, prizes and activities planned for all ages. July features movies, book groups, crafts, and a visit with an accomplished physicist!  Our Brunch of Champions will celebrate your achievements;  if you complete the Adult Summer Reading program, you will receive an invitation to this free event! 

 Sign up now to take a look.

Summer Reading Events in July include: 

  • July 20th:  The Eagle Has Landed!  Summer Reading Wrap Party
  • July 25th:  Shane Larson:  "Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos"
  • July 27th:  Brunch of Champions!

If you complete our Adult Summer Reading program by earning 1500 points through a combination of logging reading, completing challenges, and attending Library events, you will receive an invitation to our FREE Brunch of Champions, which will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 27th.  You have until Saturday the 20th to complete your logging!

Seminar: Local Government

July 11th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, 5:30-7:30 pm, Community Room

The League of Women Voters of Billings is teaming up with Billings Public Library to present a series of evenings on how city government works and how residents can become more involved. Local experts will cover topics from the budget to zoning and the One Big Sky project funding. Go to The League of Women Voters of Billings website for more information and to sign up!

Rufous Hummingbird

Gardening Series: the bird, the bee and the bug

Thursday, July 18th, 5:00 pm, Community Room

Join us for a special mid-summer gardening program! John Haigh, Wild Birds Unlimited co-owner, will give tips on how to attract hummingbirds to your backyard. Master Gardeners, Brian Godfrey and Cindy Roesler will explain the benefits of having mason bees and praying mantis in backyard gardens. *Thanks to the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for co-sponsoring this event.

susan hendersonAuthor Visit: Susan Henderson

July 22nd, 7:00 pm, Community Room

Susan Henderson is the author of The Flicker of Old Dreams, which won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Novel, was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award, and is a current finalist for the High Plains Book Awards. The author will discuss this novel, inspired by spending summers with her grandparents in Winnett, as well as her previous book and her writing life.

Thank you to the Writer's Voice for sponsoring this program!​​

Astronomy Program: Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos

Thursday, July 25th, 6:00 pm, Community Room

Join Shane Larson as he discusses the cosmic vastness, how our understanding of the universe has expanded with time, and how we came to understand our place in it. Shane Larson is a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is the Associate Director of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics). He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries, and the galaxy.


The Royal Johnson Forum Presents "Russia: Beyond the riddle, inside the enigma."

Free Public Discussion: Thursday, July 25th, 7:00 pm, at the Petro Theater, MSU-B Campus

Our 3rd annual Royal Johnson Forum hosts keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, who will speak at a free presentation on Thursday, July 25th, at the Petro Theater on the MSU-B Campus, beginning at 7:00 pm.

The evening presentation's topic is "US/Russian Relations: Risk, Reality, and Opportunity," and will be moderated by YPR personality Brian Kahn. A panel discussion with Dr. Ronasky and Nicholas Daniloff, Dean Emeritus of NW University's School of Journalism and United Press' Moscow correspondent, will follow. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

The community is invited to the free evening presentation. Tickets for other Forum events, including a luncheon and a private reception prior to the presentation may be purchased through The Billings Public Library Foundation website or by calling the Foundation at 237-6149.

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, July 25, 1pm, 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 and fourth Thursdays 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 Board Room at 7pm.  We are on hiatus over June and July, so our next meeting will be August 28th, when we will discuss Destiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Canice Millard. 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 currently reading The Greatest Knight by Thomas Asbridge and will meet on July 30th.

Email to sign up.

Graphics:  A Graphic Novel Book Group

A joint project with Adult and Teen Services, this intergenerational book group will feature selections from our new Graphic Novel Book Kits for bi-monthly discussions.  Our next selection will be Paper Girls, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and books are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk today for our meeting on August 7th. Read the book and then join us to share your thoughts over a slice of pizza!

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!