Upcoming Special Events

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GeLibraries Rockt ready to rock it out this summer, with our Adult Summer Reading program. Sign-up begins online May 14

Programs, puzzles and logging for Adults begin on June 4th.  Here are some program highlights in June: 

  • Book Discussion Groups.  We have two great books: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and Life by Keith Richards.  Book kit books may be checked out at the 2nd floor Help Desk beginning on June 4th.
    • June 27th:  Discussion for A Visit from the Goon Squad, 7:00 pm, Conference Room
    • July 25th:  Discussion for Life, 7:00 pm, Conference Room
  • Douglas Lorain, Montana resident, author of more than a dozen best-selling hiking and backpacking guidebooks, and winner of the prestigious National Outdoor Book Award will show pictures and tell stories about his brand-new book 100 Classic Hikes: Montana released through Mountaineers Books. This event is co-sponsored by the Eastern Wildlands Chapter Montana Wilderness Association. June 5th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Community Room.
  • World Wide Knit in Public Day at Off the Needles We are so excited about partnering once again with our friends at Off the Needles for our 6th annual KIP day – so excited, in fact, that we’re packing up our favorite fiber art books and bringing them to share on the Bookmobile! Check out Bookmobile librarian Patti’s spinning wheel demo, sit and knit with us under the Off the Needles pavilion, and visit both the shop and the Bookmobile to be eligible for some yarny good prizes!  We hope to see you Saturday, June 9th, 11-2pm at Off the Needles, located at 1206 North 24th St.
  • Jennifer Pharr Davis, hiker and author of Pursuit of Endurance, visits the library for a presentation that includes readings. slides and storytelling. This program is co-sponsored by Montana State University Billings Outdoor Adventure Program and Time Out Sports. June 14th, Community Room. 
    • 5:30 pm: We are planning a hosted group run!  All ages and abilities welcome. 
    • 7:00 pm:  Presentation, Community Room. 
  • Swing into Summer Reading Block Party!  Our annual Summer Reading kick-off returns the the library parking garden.  Join us for music from Spur of the Moment, food, and family fun including air-brush tattoos and tie dye.  June 23rd, 11:00 - 2:00. 

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.

volcanoFriday Fun: Learning About Volcanoes

May 18 is the anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington. We'll learn a bit about that eruption and what causes volcanic explosions. Weather permitting, there may be a small eruption in the Community Room garden. Join us at 6:30 pm, Friday May 18 in the Community Room.

The Fellowship of the Fiber 

Thursday, May 24th, 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!

Adulting 101:  Square Foot Gardening with Amy Grandpresquare foot gardening photo by Korye Logan via

 We're launching a new series designed to help you learn useful skills to navigate your Adult years!  First up, learn how to get big gardening returns in small spaces by using Square Foot Gardening techniques.  Tuesday, May 29th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Community Room.

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 May 23rd, when we will discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. 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 A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.
Email to sign up.

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!