Upcoming Special Events
College basketball isn’t the only madness this March! Throughout March, the Library is pitting the bestsellers of the past year against each other to decide the winning book of the year. Your part is to make the calls by choosing your favorites! Watch our social media during March to cast your votes in each round. Want to follow the bracket? Download your own copy here.
March 1st - 30th online; Championship trophy will be awarded March 30th.
We are celebrating April's National Poetry Month with a Poetry Contest for all ages!
Billings Public Library and The Friends of BPL invite you to celebrate National Poetry Month in April with us by participating in a poetry contest. Not only will there be cash prizes, but the top three poets will get some time in the spotlight by reading their winning submission at our Poetry Night on Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room!
The contest will be broken into three age groups: Children (age 0-12), Youth (age 13-19), Adults (age 20+) and three cash prizes will be awarded in each age group. Each poet may submit up to three poems for consideration. First Place in each group will receive $25.00, Second Place, $15.00 and Third Place, $10.00.
We will be accepting submissions starting March 18th through April 12th, and our winners will be announced on April 23rd. First place winners from each age group will get to read their winning poem at Poetry Night.
Submission Guidelines: Participants may submit up to three poems that have not been previously published, one poem per page. Include a title page, which must include the following: Name, Age, Phone Number, Address, and Poem Titles. Poems will be judged anonymously, so do not put name on the poems themselves; just on the title page. Print your entry forms and turn everything in at the first floor Help Desk. You may also submit your entries electronically, here.
Happy writing, fellow poets! We look forward to receiving your submissions. Best of luck to you all.
Poetry Night : National Poetry Month Celebration!
Help celebrate National Poetry Month with the Billings Public Library. Guest speaker Dawn Noelle Archer will share her creative process and read from her selection of poems being published this spring! Also, enjoy the winning poems of the Poetry Contest read by the winners themselves! April 30th, 6:30pm- 8:00pm, in the Community Room.
Building a Place for Poultry in Montana: Harriette Cushman and Poultry Work in Montana
Amy McKinney, associate professor of history at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, discusses Harriette Cushman and her efforts to create a comprehensive poultry program in our state. The first female poultry specialist in the Unites States, Cushman crossed many boundaries throughout her thirty-three-year career with the Extension Service. The Library is pleased to present McKinney's talk in partnership with The Western Heritage Center's High Noon Lecture Series. Thursday, March 21st, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room.
The Best of the 45th NW Filmmakers' Festival Tour Returns to BPL!
The NW Film Center presents this short film collection each year, and we are pleased to have it back for its 5th year at Billings Public Library! Each year this independent film festival accepts entries from leading regional artists from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska. After the event, a curated selection of the best short films are sent on tour, and you get to see them at BPL.
This year's tour features films from each represented state, including an entry from Montana's Michael Workman. From Parts Unknown is a documentary about underground amateur wrestler Jesse "Madman" Manson, who finds himself having to make a decision about the sport that brought him self-expression but also multiple injuries. Workman's film received the festival Judge's Award for Stand Out Film.
Saturday, March 23rd, at 1:00 pm, in the Community Room.
Geek Out! Stranger Things
We are closing out this season of Geek Outs with a program featuring this standout Netflix show.
Celebrate the awesomeness of Stranger Things with us! Create your own special Eggo concoction, join the search for Will, take part in a short Dungeons and Dragons adventure (or cheer on the players!), get your picture taken and more! Friday, March 29th, at 6:30 in the Community Room.
One Book Billings: Wonderlandscape by John Clayton
Our final One Book Billings selection for this series will be Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon by John Clayton. Books will be available on April 1st for discussions that will take place the week of May 6 - 9. Author John Clayton will join us May 11 to talk about Yellowstone Park, this book and his other writing. Please join in!
Books are provided for participants courtesy of the Billings Public Library Foundation.
Yankees & Rebels on the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers
April 18th, 6:30 pm, Community Room: Join us for a talk with acclaimed historian Ken Robison, who will reveal the thrilling history behind this war-weary wave of migration seeking sanctuary and opportunity on Montana’s wild and scenic frontier.
During the 1860s and 70s, the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers served as natural highways, through snags and rapids, from St. Louis to Fort Benton and the Upper Yellowstone for steamboats bringing Yankees and Rebels and their families to the remote Montana territory. The migration transformed the region that became Montana from the isolation of the fur trade era to the raucous gold rush days that would keep the region in turmoil for decades. The influx of newcomers presented fascinating Montana legends including Captain Grant Marsh and his steamboat Far West, Yellowstone Kelly roaming Yellowstone country, the mystery of the fugitive Jesse James gang, young former slaves seeking freedom, and Colonel Everton Conger’s journey from leading the greatest manhunt in American history to the Montana Supreme Court.
Presented in partnership with The Western Heritage Center's High Noon Lecture Series!
A Tolkien Mini Film Festival presented by The Council of Westmarch
April 27, 10:30am, Community Room This one-day event features a number of Tolkien-related fan films, shorts, and rarities, curated by The Council of Westmarch, and shown in anticipation and celebration of the upcoming biographical film, Tolkien. This event is free to the public, however tickets are required to gain entry. Bring a snack to share with fellow viewers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere for this very special event!
The Festival schedule is as follows: 10:30am Screenings Begin, 12:30pm Lunch Break (attendees will be on their own for lunch and should plan accordingly), 1:30pm Screenings Reconvene, 4pm Festival Ends
Tickets can be acquired in person at the second floor help desk of Billings Public Library beginning April 1st.
The Council of Westmarch is Montana's official branch of The Tolkien Society, a UK-based educational charity devoted to promoting the life and works of professor J.R.R. Tolkien. The Council meets regularly to discuss Tolkien's works and conducts annual celebratory events, as well as other public lectures and events.
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
We are the library's fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber arts. We get together the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday 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. Our next meeting will be March 27th, when we will discuss Room by Emma Donoghue. Call 657-8290 to register.
LitCentric Book Discussion Groupmeets 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 by Nina George and will meet on March 26th.
Email email@example.com 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 Drowned City by Don Brown, and books will be available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk on March 1st. for our meeting on April 3rd. Read the book and then join us to share your thoughts over a slice of pizza!