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!
Harry Potter - Celebrate Your House Spirit
Join us (virtually) for two whole weeks in November where we celebrate our love for the Harry Potter books and movies! Beginning November 6th, a magical Take and Make Kit will be available to pick up through curbside service or at the first Floor Help Desk. Throughout the weeks we will release an accompanying wand-crafting tutorial, home-brewed Butterbeer tutorial, Virtual Road Trip Challenge, and a "Show Your House Spirit" photo challenge. Get ready for some magic-making fun!
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. For questions please email email@example.com and include Adult Take and Make in the subject line.
Publishing 101: Small Presses
Wednesday, November 11th at 5:00 pm on BPL Social Media
Small Presses are often touted as giving writers the best of both worlds--the creative freedom and direct influence on product of indie publishing, with the editing, cover design, and marketing support of traditional publishing. Is the small press route the right path to publishing for you? Join authors Samantha Bryant and Michele Berger and authors/small press owners John Hartness (Falstaff Books), Jason Graves (Prospective Press), and Rachel Brune (Crone Girls Press) to learn the ins and outs and ups and downs of small press life. BPL is pleased to partner with Con-Tinual: The Online Con that Never Ends to bring you this program, just in time for National Novel Writing Month!
Holiday Appetizer Cooking Demonstration
Stella Fong will cook up recipes from her new cookbook Flavors Under the Big Sky: Recipes and Stories from Yellowstone Public Radio. Elk Kielbasa with pomegranate and smashed potatoes with smoked trout will be served up as the perfect beginnings for our more intimate gatherings this season. This talk will be presented ONLINE through GoToMeeting on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 12:00 pm. For additional information and to register, please contact the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adult Reading Olympics
October Challenge: Time to Shiver! Halloween is just around the corner, and we'd like to help you get in the mood by reading a horror novel or ghost story. OR If these genres are not to your taste, how about a guidebook of haunted locations around the world? It can be fun to shiver, sometimes! This challenge is open from October 1st - 31st, and is the first challenge for the fourth and final quarter of the year-long event. A new challenge will be available November 1st.
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!
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 email@example.com *please include "Crooked Line Class" in your subject space.
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 Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, October 28th, 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 meeting virtually on October 27th at 7pm to discuss Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. 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 October, we will be reading I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 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.