Welcome to the Billings Public Library!
Gavin Woltjer, Library Director
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.
The Library's Native American Race Relations Lecture Series continues in August with the presentation by Indian People’s Action of “Native American Lives Matter: Over-incarceration and Police Brutality in Today’s Culture.” That will be at 7pm, Thursday, August 22, in the Community Room
August has a plethora of Adult Book Groups. One Book Billings is starting a new series, this year in memory of Marge McArthur. The first book is ”Arbuckle” by Russell Rowland, the third book in a trilogy about a ranch family in southeastern Montana. Pick up your copy beginning Saturday, August 1, 2nd Floor Help Desk, for discussions in September.
The Graphic Novel Book Group is discussing "Paper Girls, Vol. 1", by Brian K. Vaughan, author, and Cliff Chiang, artist, at 7pm, Wednesday, August 7, in the Yellowstone Board Room.
The Turning Page Book Group selection for August is "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard, and will take place at 7 pm, Wednesday, August 28, in the Yellowstone Board Room.
The LitCentric Book Club will meet at 7pm, Tuesday, August 27th, to discuss "The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen: 83 1/4 Years Old" by Hendrik Groen. Join a book group and have fun reading!
August has a series of special events and focus activities for Teens, many of which require a sign-up, so check now and sign up while there is still space. Focus Time activities run from 1-3 pm Tuesday through Friday, and include an Adobe Illustrator course, Construction Camp, and other fun programs.
Check the Teen page for details and for other special programs, and our ongoing weekly open lab times.
For Children, in August, are two particularly special occasions. First is the Kids Ice Cream Social - celebrate summer with an Ice Cream Social sponsored by Achieve Montana. Along with yummy ice cream, enjoy a fun craft and photo ops from 2–3pm, on Friday, August 9, in the Community Room. Then enjoy the Billings Symphony’s Stillwater String Quartet as they entertain us with some of the greatest hits of Disney. No registration is required and all children and families are welcome! This exciting program is from 2–3pm, on Thursday, August 15, in the Community Room.
See many other programs and activities on our web pages, at Events for Adults, or our Featured Events, things for children & tweens to do on our Children's page, or just keep an eye on our events calendar. The library's web pages hold a wealth of information and activities for all ages.
Many resources are available online with your library card. Explore our digital magazines with RBDigital; learn a foreign language with Mango Languages or a new skill with Universal Class, download free songs at Freegal Music, and have fun with our other databases and downloads.
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 10 am-4 pm.
The Billings Public Library has designated 2019 as the "Year of Multicultural 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