Special Events 

Library Book Groups

  • Litcentric:  1984, September 25th, 7:00 pm
  • Turning Page: A Man Called Ove, September 26th, 7:00 pm
  • Graphics: Death by Neil Gaiman, November 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Please call 657-8290 for Information

Upcoming Special Events


Star_Net's Explore Tech Exhibit comes to the Library!

The exhibition shows how engineering provides solutions to better meet human needs and develops sustainable innovations for the future, and how engineers create new technologies to solve problems.  It features hands-on and multimedia components to allow visitors to interact with the exhibit in dynamic ways.  The Library will feature programming for all ages in association with the exhibit, which will be in the Popular Materials Room from August 8th - October 5th.  See the full list of events.

Jerry BarlowCeltic Fingerstyle Guitarist Jerry Barlow Returns to BPL

Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.  We are pleased to welcome acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow back to Billings!  A warm and accessible performer, his music is a mix of traditional styles from the British Isles and his own Celtic inspired songs.  

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Monday, September 24th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.  What do the movies "Logan," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and "Watchmen" have in common? All began as influential comics and became iconic pop culture touchstones. Join us as we take a look at the interplay between pop culture and comics with our own Director, Gavin Woltjer. 

This program also serves as an introduction to the Library's new Graphic Novel Book Club Kits! This group of ten kits includes titles for teens and adults, and have been funded by the generous support of The Friends of the Billings Public Library. 

Intro to Tolkien Cosmology

"The Devising of Things More Wonderful": An Introduction to JRR Tolkien's Cosmology

Wednesday, September 26, 7pm, Community Room.

Join Daniel Funderhide, President of The Council of Westmarch, for this introductory primer on how the world of JRR Tolkien's mythology "works", including the shape of the LOTR universe, its worldview, and its spiritual beings.  Readers who are unfamiliar with Professor Tolkien's sublime classic, The Silmarillion, will find this presentation approachable and fascinating. The Council of Westmarch is an official smial (branch), of the Tolkien Society and is the only smial in Montana or within a four-state radius.  This is the perfect opportunity to interact with other students and scholars of Tolkien's writings.  Light refreshments will be provided and a prize for trivia winners.  You can connect with the Council of Westmarch online at 

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Thanks to a gift from the Friends of Billings Public Library, we've acquired ten graphic novel book club kits, which will be available for checkout in October, and we are celebrating their addition to the collection with the first meeting of a NEW Book Group.  This group will be open to teens and adults who are interested in getting together to discuss some of the best titles in the graphic novel format, an ever-expanding field that joins words and artwork to create unforgettable stories.  We will begin with DeathDeath book coverby Neil Gaiman, a collection of stories from his monumental Sandman series featuring Death, who is personified as a pale and likable young girl.  (Appropriate for adults and older teens, due to some violence and sexual imagery.)  Ten copies are available on a first come-first served basis.  To register, please come to the 2nd floor Help Desk or call 657-8290. 

  • Books are available October 1st. 
  • Our meeting will be held November 7th at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. 

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Local author Vicki Tapia will read from her book Maggie: A Journey of Love, Loss and Survival, followed by a brief discussion and book signing, on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 4:00 pm in the Community Room. 

Inspired by the life of the author's great-grandmother, the book is a timeless story of survival and courage in the face of betrayal and life-altering decisions set against the backdrop of Michigan and the Great Plains of Montana in the late 1880's.  Maggie's journey is a #MeToo journey from another era.

Author Reading and Signing: Cheryl Heser

Walking at the Speed of Light reflects on the journey of grief, depression, and healing. The book's short chapters offer ideas on helping yourself and others through personal dark times using scriptural references. Join author Cheryl Heser as she shares her journey of self-discovery.
Wednesday, October 3rd, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Community Room
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Beginning Quilting: Halloween Table Runner

Are you interested in quilting? Register for the Library’s first quilting series. Each participant must attend all 3 classes in order to finish the project. Participants will make a Halloween-themed table runner. The Library will supply sewing machines and fabric. Call 657-8290 to register.
Friday, Oct. 5th, 19th, 26th. 10:30 to 12:30, Community Room.
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LonnieTateAuthor Visit: Gus Koernig

Former Billings news anchor Gus Koernig is now a novelist! Join him for a reading and discussion of his latest book, The Redemption of Lonnie Tate. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Join us in the Community Room on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm.

Award-winning journalist Gus Koernig spent 30 years in TV news as a reporter and anchor for a number of network-affiliated stations. Gus has ghost-written five books on five different topics. Loren Marsters and Gus Koernig became a writing team in 2013 when Loren sent Gus 28 pages of a spy novel he'd been trying to write for the last thirty years. The father of nine children, Gus and his wife, Glenda, live in Mesa, Arizona, where they enjoy traveling and hiking.

Karen Stevens Karen Stevens' Haunted Montana 

Our favorite ghost hunter and former librarian returns to Billings Public Library to catch us up on her latest ghostly encounters!  The author of numerous books of true ghost stories, including Haunted Montana and Armchair Ghost Hunting, Stevens will talk about haunted places that you can visit--if you dare!  Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 pm, Community Room

Gardening Series: Seed Saving

Learn the art of seed saving including: choosing plants, collecting seeds and the process of cleaning them. Thanks to the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for co-sponsoring this program.
Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Community Room

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Financial Literacy Series: How to Develop an Estate Plan for Your Personal Property

Join Dorothy Long from DIL Appraisals as she talks about how to photograph, list, evaluate and create a thoughtful plan for your family treasures.
Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Community Room

moneyAdulting 101:  Practical Money Skills with Jackie Rumph

Whether you are starting out on your own, or would like a refresher course in budgeting, this is the class for you! Please join Jackie Rumph, Family & Consumer Agent for the Yellowstone County Extension Office, for a fun and informative look at practical tips that can help you more easily handle your money.  Monday, October 29th at 7:00 pm, Community Room

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, September 27th, 1 pm, 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 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 two 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 Reading Room at 7pm.  Our next meeting will be September 26th, when we will discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. 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're currently reading 1984 by George Orwell.
Email to sign up.

Graphics:  A Graphic Novel Book Group

Our first meeting for this new book group, a joint project with BPL's Teen and Adult Services, will be held on November 7th in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at 7:00 pm to discuss Death by Neil Gaiman, a graphic novel appropriate for adults and older teens.  Please call 657-8290 to register.

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!