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!
Summer Reading 2021: Tails & Tales
This year's theme is Tails and Tales, and we are preparing a program full of special challenges, contests, and online events, all centered on animals both wild and domestic. Registration and logging are open now! The last day to register and log books & activities is July 17th, and the last day to purchase raffle tickets for the Grand Prize baskets is July 24th.
Donate to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter:
- June 1st - July 30th. Bring needed pet supplies to the donation bin, located by the 1st floor Help Desk!
Pick up a Take & Make craft:
- July 1st (2nd Floor Help Desk): Grab one of our Tails and Tales Take & Make kits for adults while supplies last. Humphrey the Hedgehog is looking forward to meeting you! The trick is that you have to make him first using an old book and your mad paperfolding skills. Complete instructions and materials are provided.
Check out our Reading Programs page for more details, and the link to sign up! You can register for the program at anytime; the last day to log reading and spend your points for raffle tickets is July 24th.
One Book Billings is Back This Fall!
The One Book Billings program seeks to provide a forum for readers to discuss in small groups books by regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, especially Montana.
Sign up for the September sessions begins August 16. The first book is Down From the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear by Bryce Andrews. Find out more about One Book Billings, including the list of all the books for this series.
The Great Billings Book Hunt
Challenge yourself in the Great Billings Book Hunt! Monthly activities encourage you to search for titles outside your comfort zone. Log your books and complete our challenges, and you might even win a prize.
In July, our challenge is Food, Fact & Fiction. Nutritional literacy is BPL's yearly theme in 2021, and we think it's time to take a closer look at food. This could be a fictional work centered on a particular dish or special meal. Or if your taste runs to non-fiction, look for books on farming, nutrition through the ages, or how we eat today. Then let us know what you thought to earn a badge and be entered into our drawing for Quarter 3.
In addition, don't forget to also log your book via the "Log Reading Button" on your home page. This challenge is open from July 1st - 31st. A new challenge will be available on August 1st.
Magic City Stories
Billings Public Library’s mission statement is to connect community so it can grow together, discover the love of reading, the joy of learning, and the sharing of creative expression. From these ideas: embrace, enrich, empower, the Magic City Stories sketchbook project has sprung! Our Stories are a way for us to connect with one another through our thoughts and feelings, our art, and our hearts; across the miles and across generations.
Here’s how it works: Beginning June 1st, library borrowers can check out a sketchbook from the 2nd Floor Help Desk for one week – detailed instructions are included in the sketchbook’s pouch, along with a few drawing and writing tools. During this time, the borrower can fill the sketchbook pages with stories, sketches, poetry, memories, moments, coloring, collage, or whatever ideas they wish to express and share in the medium of their choice. Creative prompts are included with the sketchbook in case help is needed. We’re asking that the content be kept family-friendly. At the end of the loan period, the borrower can return the sketchbook to the 2nd Floor Help Desk and check out another.
Once each book is full, we’ll digitize it and add it to our collection.
Yoga in the Park
Join Bess Lovec for free yoga classes at Pioneer Park (near tennis courts). Bess focuses on hatha yoga, incorporating vinyasa flow. Beginners and advanced yoga students are welcome. *Space is limited. Registration and accident waiver forms are required. Call 657-8290 or email email@example.com. *Note Location Change: near tennis courts. Thursday, July 15th & Thursday, July 29th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
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 Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, August 25th, at 7:00 pm. Please email us for more information.
LitCentric Book Discussion Group
We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. We will be meeting virtually on June 29th at 7pm to discuss The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. 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 June and July, we'll be reading along with The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene, and the author will be joining us for a Zoom presentation on July 22nd! 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 and Freading ebooks for our online discussions. Our next selection is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. The books are currently available to check out at the 2nd floor help desk. We will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 4th. Email us for more information.