Welcome to the Billings Public Library!

Located in beautiful downtown Billings, MT, the Billings Public Library strives to be a place of exploration, education, and inclusiveness that provides entertainment, research resources, music, computer technology, digitization services, and educational opportunities for our community.

July is here, firecrackers are popping, and the Library has an exciting line-up of fun programs. Keep an eye on our events calendar and other web pages for updates.

Summer Reading events continue in July with our Young Author Contest, and a book discussion group for adults.

Young authors (ages 8–18) have an opportunity to exercise their imaginations by writing 1300 –3000 words and submitting the story to Billings Public Library for a chance to win a cash prize presented by the Friends of the Library. There will be a winner in each age category: 8 –10, 11–12, and 13 –18. (The age group a child is in is the age they are on July 1.) First Place is $100! Winners will be announced in August at the Young Authors Reception. The winning stories will be published to our Writers' Page. Good luck and happy imaginations! For questions, please call 657– 8256 or email kidsdesk@ci.billings.mt.us.

Gavin Woltjer, Library Director

Director Gavin Woltjer

The Turning Page & Adult Summer Reading group book discussion of “Life” by Keith Richards, will be at 7pm, Wednesday, July 25, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, led by me (Gavin). With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created songs that roused the world. He lived the original rock and roll life. Now he tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Sign up now at the 2nd Floor Help Desk or call 657–8290. A limited number of reading copies are available to lend to participants.

For Older Adults, our One-on-One Tech Tutoring is always available by appointment. Are you interested in learning to better use your computer, smartphone or other device? Is there a website, app or other program you would like some help with? Give us a call and sign up for a free, personalized session with a librarian that will help answer your questions and make you a more confident user of technology. Call 657–8255 to make an appointment.

Come Sing-Along with Grease at 6:30pm, on Tuesday, July 24, in the Community Room! You know the songs, so come sing along with the movie! Lyrics will be provided — we’re in it for fun. Feel like dressing up in your 50’s finery? Go for it! All ages are welcome, but please know that the film is rated PG-13 for mature content.

Attend a performance by The Kilted Man! Enjoy music played on traditional instruments! Matthew Gurnsey's program includes Irish and Scottish music performed on traditional instruments such as the concertina, bodhran and mandolin. He will be at the library on Saturday, July 28, starting at 3pm in the Community Room.

Meet author Buck Buchanan and hear all about the story of Denni-Jo and Pinto that emerged from a song he wrote for a young girl named Denni-Jo. Join us at 10:30am, Saturday, July 28, in the Community Room.

Join us in July for many fun programs!

Summer Reading is in progress - Libraries Rock!

Sign up and start logging hours, minutes, and books, and come to fun programs. Check out all the events, programs & prizes on our Summer Reading pages:

The Turning Page Book Discussion Group uses the Library's collection of book club kits and usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. They gather in the 2nd floor Reading Room at 7pm. Call 657-8290 to register.

The LitCentric Book Discussion Group meets the last Tuesday of every month between January and October at 7pm in the second floor Large Conference Room. They use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. Bring your mug for coffee!  This month the discussion is from 7–8:30pm, on Tuesday, July 31.

I hope that when you visit your Library you will also take some time to visit the Sweet Café and enjoy a cold or hot beverage and a snack while also experiencing the many services provided to you.  The Café is open Mon-Fri from 10am-2pm & 3pm-5pm.

The Billings Public Library has designated 2018 as the "Year of Financial Literacy." Throughout the course of the year, the Library, through various community partnerships, will provide programming, services, and educational opportunities for all residents of Yellowstone County.

The Library is many things to many people. It is our goal that every person who visits the Library leaves with a positive experience. A strong and popular library reflects well on the entire community.

Part of our ongoing improvement process involves reviewing feedback from you. We value your opinion of our Library and what we are doing to serve you. I appreciate the trust you place in the Library. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me. If I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.

We look forward to your visit!
Gavin J. Woltjer
Library Director