Adults

The Library is open Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. CLOSED Sat & Sun

 CURBSIDE PICK-UP service continues Monday - Friday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Find more information about changes to our services visit our FAQs page.

Online Resources

While Woman using tablet computer Opens in new windowthe 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!

Adult Take and Make Kits

Maker crafts aren’t just for kids anymore - now they’re available for adults, too!  Each kit will include a simple craft or activity designed to keep your brain young and your imagination limber, and they’ll be paired with a suggested reading list for further activities curated by your crafty librarians.  You will receive most of the supplies you need to complete each activity, but in some cases supplies will need to be supplemented ie: scissors, hot glue; some kits will be accompanied by either a recorded or live tutorial (to be announced) and free for everyone to access on Billings Public Library’s YouTube channel.  Kit 3: National Coloring Day will be available for pickup starting September 1st!  For questions please email refdesk@billingsmt.gov and include Adult Take and Make in the subject line.

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Geek-In! Marvel Comic Universe

Our library Geek-Outs! have staggered back to life in a new incarnation!  For the month of September we celebrate all things Marvel (from the comfort of our homes).  Keep watch on our social media for activities we'll drop throughout the month.  On Monday, September 28, a very special Take and Make: Superhero Edition will be available for pickup and will include activities, crafts, quizzes, and a little gift. The following Friday, October 2, we will issue a Superhero Mission (it's a secret until then) which will need to be completed by Sunday night.  So mark your calendar with these important dates and times and be ready to Assemble (virtually, of course!).

Random Fandoms logoRandom Fandoms Presents: "Finding Yourself in the Story", a Conversation with LGBTQ+ Authors on Fandom.

 Premieres Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:00 pm on BPL social media.

BPL's Random Fandoms series is partnering with Con-Tinual, the online Con That Never Ends, to present : " 'Finding Yourself in the Story,' a Conversation with LGBTQ+ Creators on Fandom." Michael G. Williams, author of “The Withrow Chronicles,” leads a diverse panel of authors and artists in a conversation about their favorite creators, finding themselves in stories as queer people, and how to view problematic depictions critically while still participating in fandom.

Take a Virtual Road Trip 

MT highway mapDo you want to go on an adventure? Take a virtual road trip across Montana! 

You’ll have to figure out answers to some tricky questions about Montana people, places and history to be able to start each new leg of the trip. And we can’t wait to introduce you to Bob, your travel buddy. The journey begins here - Start Your Road Trip

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September Challenge:  Fan Inspiration!  Authors are fans, too, and they sometimes show it by basing their works on books that came before, whether through a re-imagining or updating, or analyzing their favorite classics through critique.  This month your challenge is to read a book that expands or re-imagines a classic tale.  This challenge is open from September 1st - 30th, and completes Quarter 3.

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!

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Thank you to all of our Adult Summer Reading participants and sponsors!

  Click here for more information about our prizes.  


Imagine Your Story video lesson presented by Crooked Line Studio: Space is available!

Our friend "Doodlen" Dan of Crooked Line Studio has created an amazing watercolor pencil and colored pencil drawing lesson based on our very own Summer Reading Program!  The lesson will be accessible by creating a free Vimeo account and going to Crooked Line Studio’s Vimeo page to purchase the lesson.  The lesson, suitable for both adults and younger audiences, costs $10 to access and is approximately 1.5 hours long; an accompanying kit is available for purchase directly from Crooked Line Studio, located at 1206 24th Street West.  The cost of a kit is $18. and includes a set of 24 Crayola watercolor pencils, 2 sheets of watercolor paper, and 1 water brush pen.

Billings Public Library is providing this lesson free to the first 30 people who sign up by emailing refdesk@billingsmt.gov *please include "Crooked Line Class" in your subject space.

The Knitting Circle and Fiber Arts Group is on Hiatus until further notice!

Thank you, all our regular attendees, for the wonderful project inspirations!  We'll miss you!

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 Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7:00 pm. Please email us for more information.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group

 
uses a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits.  We will be meDone Editingeting virtually on September 29th at 7pm to discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles.  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.   In September, we will be reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai together!  Come to the Facebook Group Page for more information.   

Graphics:  A Graphic Novel Book Group

A joint project with Adult and Teen Services, this intergenerational book group will feature selections from our Graphic Novel Book Kits for bi-monthly discussions. Our next online meeting will be on October 7th at 7:00 pm, when we will discuss Blacksad, by Juan Diaz Canales, which is available on the Library's Freading service.  Email us 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!