Teens

TEEN EDUCATION & CREATION HUB


Visit the TECH Lab - A space for teens to come in, hang out and use 21st century technology to create exciting projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

TECH Lab Spring Hours:


Tuesday-Friday: 3-7 pm
Saturday: Open Lab 1-5 pm

The TECH Lab will be starting its

summer hours

on June 5th. Starting then, the hours will be:
Tuesday-Friday:
1-3 pm Focus Time (see below)
3-6 pm Open Lab
Saturday:
1-5 pm Open Lab


TECH Lab

Teen Events At-a-Glance


We have a lot of things going on at the library, so here's a quick list of all of our upcoming events. Scroll down the page to find more info on the program you're interested in, or call us at 696-8538.

  • TECH Lab Artist in Residence
  • Featured Program: SUMMER READING!
  • Summer Focus Times
  • Workshop: Intro to Photography
  • Create a Mandala with Adobe Illustrator
  • Design Your own Comic Book
  • Fortnite Fridays
  • Teen Book Group
  • Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Test Prep E-Books

Getting ready to take the SAT or GRE? Just need some extra help with geometry? Want to be a firefighter or police officer? Then check out the library's new collection of digital reference books for test prep and study help! All of the titles are free to access and download. All you need is a library card! See our selection, and get studying.

TECH Lab Artist in Residence.

Interested in being the TECH Lab's next Artist in Residence? Have some interesting skills you want to share? Or maybe just interested in working with teens, and making some extra money for it? Contact Cody at 696-8538 or e-mail him at allenc@ci.billings.mt.us.

Featured Program

Teen SR

Summer Reading is almost here! Sign-ups start on May 14, and you have until July 28th to read, attend workshops, and complete missions to earn points. Use those points to buy raffle tickets for great prizes like an Amazon Fire tablet, a Guitar Kit, a fair pass, and more! Check out our Summer Reading Page for a link to sign up!

Summer Focus Times

Every summer the TECH Lab splits its time between open lab and what we call "Focus Time." Each day during the week, the lab will reserve time for teens to come in and try out some new equipment or explore something that they find interesting, related to a given theme. There are no rules, grades or expectations. We just want you to come in and create something awesome! Focus Time topics will change throughout the summer, and possibly be replaced by certain programs, but right now the schedule we have is:

Tuesday: Design

Wednesday: Robotics

Thursday: Gaming

Friday: MAKING

Focus Time days start on June 5th and run from 1-3 pm in the lab. Be sure to stop by and see what we have going on!



Upcoming Programs

Workshop: Intro to Photography Pt. 1

Tuesday, July 17th

1-3 pm in the TECH Lab

Learn the basics of cameras, how to get the proper exposure and effects in your photographs! Call 657-8290 to register today.

camera
mandala

Create a Mandala with Adobe Illustrator

Wednesday, July 25th

3-5 pm in the TECH Lab

A step-by-step lesson on how to create mandala designs in Adobe Illustrator. Make your own and take it to color at home! Call 657-8290 to register.

Design your own Comic Book

Every Wednesday in July

1-3 pm in the TECH Lab

Calling all writers and artists! We’re going to spend the month of July writing, designing, and illustrating our own comic book. This is going to be a collaborative effort, so we need people who enjoy writing as well as creative artists to create illustrations. We’ll be working with hand drawn art as well as digital art software such as Adobe Illustrator, so it’s a good chance to try something new and help create something amazing! Call 657-8290 to sign up today!


comic books
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Fortnite Fridays

Every Friday

1-3 pm in the TECH Lab

Fortnite is now on the Nintendo Switch, so the TECH Lab is going to be hosting a couple hours of Fortnite mayhem every week. Swing by the lab to hang out and try one of the best games around!


Teen Book Group


​Thursday, Aug. 2nd, 4:00-5:00 pm


Teen Study 2

Join the Library's Teen Book Group. We meet once a month on Thursday afternoons. Snacks and drinks are provided. In August, we’re reading Colleen Houck’s Reawakened, an "epic Egyptian inspired adventure". Register and reserve your copy of the book by calling 657-8290.
2018 Reawakened

Teen Advisory Group
Teens who are 13 to 19 years of age can apply to be part of our Teen Advisory Group - the TAG.  The TAG advises the library about programs for teens, helps promote services, and volunteers at the library.

Volunteering at the Library


Are you looking for ways to spend your free time? The TECH Lab is looking for 16-18 year old teenagers to help lead and mentor younger teens in the lab during open hours. Volunteers need to be interested in technology, willing to teach and learn alongside other teens, and be in the lab for a minimum of 4 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, or just give back to your community! For more information, contact Cody in the TECH Lab. Submit an online application..

Looking for a good book?


Check out these great reads.

Suggest A Title


Is there a teen title you would like to see in the Library's collection? Submit your suggestion online.


Local Teen Interviews Architect of Billings Public Library

Katelyn Bauer interviewed Will Bruder, the architect for the new Billings Public Library building,
and used the TECH Lab equipment to edit the video together. Way to go Katelyn!