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!
One Book Billings
April's One Book Billings will be American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee.
This New York Times bestseller tells the enthralling true story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, .and a doting mother. But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley. These forces collide in “American Wolf,” a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West—between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.
Books and sign-ups will be available beginning April 1st. For more information, check out our One Book Billings page.
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.
The Asian American Experience. May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we'd like you to explore books that reflect this rich history and culture. This could be historical fiction or modern life, books set in America or Hawaii, New Guinea, Japan or New Zealand. Look for histories or travelogues, and of course, books by Asian American & Pacific Islander authors: Celeste Ng, Amy Tan, Lisa See, Viet Than Nguyen, & Ocean Vuong are just the tip of a long list of possibilities!
In addition, don't forget to also log your book via the "Log Reading Button" on your home page. This challenge is open from May 1st - 31st. A new challenge will be available on June 1st.
Take and Make May Day Basket
Beginning Monday, May 3rd
Celebrate May by making a May Day Basket. Kits are available on a first come, first serve basis through curbside service and the 2nd Floor Help Desk. No registration necessary. Suitable for adults, teens and older children. Available while supplies last. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, May 26th, 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 May 25th at 7pm to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 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. 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 Bone, Chapter 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith. Copies are available to check out at the 2nd floor help desk now! We will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 2nd. Email us for more information.