Due to concern for public health and safety, the Library is CLOSED but offering CURBSIDE PICK-UP service Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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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!
Summer Reading Registration is Open Now!
Beginning May 11th, you can "Imagine Your Story" by signing up for our 2020 Summer Reading program. You can register yourself or sign up as a family group, and Adults can begin logging their reading on June 1st. Log your books, complete weekly activities, and participate in our online events to earn points and enter drawings for wonderful gift cards and grand prize baskets! Click here for more information and to sign up.
Montana Monday Scavenger Hunt
Let’s have some local history fun this May. Each Monday in May, we will post a scavenger hunt online on here on the library’s website and on our social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each week will focus on a new theme, and all the answers will be able to be found in the Montana Memory Project (https://montanamemory.org). Answers will be submitted on our website by Friday each week. A winner will be drawn from all the correct answers for a gift card from Target. Get more details about the scavenger hunt.
Congratulations to Week 2 winner Kathy Slehofer!
Library Garden Challenge
From Monday, May 18th through Tuesday, June 30th, participate in the Library Garden Challenge. Attempt to name all trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses on the library’s campus (open public areas only). The top entries which get the most correct answers, both common and Latin names, will go into a drawing for prizes worth over $100. See complete rules and submission form here.
Introduction to Oil Painting with Terri Porta
Join local artist Terri Porta as she guides us step-by-step through the exciting world of art and oil painting in this four-part introductory series! Each session will take place virtually through Zoom every Saturday in June from 2-3pm. Email email@example.com to sign up for this great new series; we will provide you with directions to connect to the program and a suggested supply list so you can paint along with Terri - no previous art experience is needed! We look forward to seeing you at this new-to-our library program.
The Adult Reading Olympics
May’s Challenge: "In the Olympic Spirit". The 2020 Summer Games may be postponed, but the Olympic Spirit lives on. This month, read a book set in one of the countries that served as host to the Games sometime over the last 50 years.
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!
100 Hats Challenge
Our library Knitting Circle is challenging itself to gather 100 locally hand knit or crocheted hats to send to children, teens, and adults who need help staying warm in 2020. To date we have collected over 200 hats from community crafters to be distributed to Family Services serving the Billings and Yellowstone County area, and Operation Gratitude to support veterans and active military serving far from home. *We ask that knitters and crocheters continue to create hats and scarves through the COVID-19 disruption and to store their creations at home until it is safe once again for the library to collect these items. Follow these links for guidelines and free patterns if you are crafting for Operation Gratitude. Please remember to attach a tag listing the item’s fiber content!
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 Persuasion by Jane Austen, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, May 27th 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 June 30! Our next read is A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and request a copy for curbside pickup.
One Book Billings
One Book Billings is canceled for May. American Wolf will rescheduled into our next series.
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 Akira, volume 1, by Katsuhiro Otomo. Our next discussion date will be announced as soon as we are able.