Upcoming Special Events

CivilDr. Jonathan Adelman Conversation:  The Middle East:  Re-alliances and Elusive Peace

The Billings Public Library joins Congregation Beth Aaron in welcoming Middle East expert Dr. Jonathan Adelman of the University of Denver, who will present this topic as part of our continuing Civil Conversations series.  Tuesday, March 20th, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.  

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 in March 22, and 29. Also April 5, 12, 19, and 26.

The Fellowship of the Fiber 

Thursday, March 22; April 12 and 26, 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!

Filmmakers’ Festival cover image dog on a snowy road in a car’s headlights The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmaker's Festival Tour

In its  fourth year at Billings Public Library, we are pleased to present the most recent selection of short films, documentaries and art from Portland's Northwest Film Center.  Each year this festival accepts entries from leading regional filmmakers from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska.  After the festival, a selection of the best short films are sent on tour, and you can see them at your library! The films show in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 27th, at 7:00 pm.  

Sign up for May's One Book Billings begins April 2

a-bloom-of-bonesMay's book discussions will feature A Bloom of Bones by Montana writer Allen Morris Jones. 

Eli Singer, a rancher and poet in remote Eastern Montana, sees his life upended when a long-buried corpse—which turns out to be a murder victim from Eli's childhood—erodes out of a hillside on his property. This discovery forces Eli to turn inward to revisit the tragic events in his past that led to a life-changing moment of violence, while at the same time he must reach outside himself toward Chloe, a literary agent from New York whom he is falling in love with. 

Sign up by stopping by the 2nd floor help desk or calling 657-8290, beginning Monday, April 2.

How to E-Book with Montana Library 2 Go

If you are just getting started with e-books, or want to know more about Billings Public Library's digital downloads through Montana Library 2 Go, this is the class for you. We will give you a tour of the website, and introduce you to the Libby app, its newest and easiest way to access e-books and audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet. Computer Classroom, April 10th, at 4:00 pm. *Registration is required: Please call 657-8290 to sign up.

Native American Lecture Series

Thursday, April 12, 5:00 pm in the Community Room (time change!) The Native American Lecture Series will join forces with Western Native Voice to have a dinner and panel discussion about racial issues. Western Native Voice will be providing food, and it will start at 5:00 and after the panel discussion, attendees will break up into groups to discuss ways of becoming more involved in the process.

2018free-clipart-murder-8Master Gardener Mystery Night

Come to the Library and help us solve a family friendly gardening mystery. Test your knowledge with a tool identification activity, visit a square foot garden display, and learn more about plants and the Master Gardener Program. Snacks will be provided. Thanks to the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for cosponsoring this event. Watch the YouTube video  Friday, April 13th, 6:30 pm, Community Room

People and Perspectives:  Tami Haalandtami haaland

Our second guest in our new series highlighting community leaders in the fields of education, politics, society, media, business, medicine and culture is former Montana Poet laureate Tami Haaland. We will explore her perspective on higher education, the state of the arts community in Billings, the role of poetry in society, and so much more.  Monday, April 16th at 7:00 pm, 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 March 28th, when we will discuss To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. 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 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
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!