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Montana Labor and Union History, with Rich Aarstad
Tuesday, October 11, 6pm in the Community Room
Copper made Butte the "richest hill on earth" during the late-19th and early-20th century, but strong labor movements made that same city the "Gibraltar" of trade unionism. How did these two realities exist simultaneously, and what efforts went into preserving/dismantling them? The Billings Public Library invites you to a presentation with Rich Aarstad, State Archivist with the Montana Historical Society, who will discuss these topics in detail on October 11, from 6:00-7:00PM in the Library Community Room. This event is free and open to the public. Come and learn about our state's long, fascinating history with labor unrest, about workers' organized efforts to improve their working and living conditions, and the forces that stood in opposition. Bring your thoughts and questions!
Rich Aarstad grew up in Libby, MT. He attained both his B.A. and M.A. from University of Montana, and has been with the Montana Historical Society since 2001. Rich started his career with the MHS as a Reference Historian, and has been the Montana State Archivist since 2021.
Friday Night Fun Game Night!
Friday, Oct 14, 5pm in the Children's Craft Corner
Join us for a Friday Night Fun game night! Family-friendly games and LEGOs will be available in the Children’s Craft Corner from 5-7pm.
Child & Family Resource Fair
Thursday, October 20, 3pm in the Community Room
Billings Public Library invites its patrons and community members to discover free resources from various agencies who provide health and education assistance for children and families.
But is It Tolkien?: The Rings of Power Series, the Text, and the Fans
Thursday, October 20, 6:30pm in the Community Room
Join Daniel Funderhide, President of The Council of Westmarch, as he discusses the enormously popular (and divisive) Amazon series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, which has garnered much strong reaction, both positive and negative, as well as confusion. The talk will explore the series' themes and intentions, relation to Tolkien works, and fan reaction. There will be opportunity to ask questions after the lecture, as well as a bit of trivia for a prize!
Special Viewing - BPL Fine Art Collection
Friday, October 21, 6pm in the Community Room
Join us in the Library Community Room for a special viewing of select pieces from the library’s fine art collection, including our Charles Russell watercolor, Joseph Sharp oil paintings, and “Yellowstone Kelly” map. From 6:00-6:45PM, Librarian/Archivist Joe Lanning will present on the history of the library’s fine art collection, after which the pieces will be on display for you to enjoy until 7:30PM. This event is free and open to all.
Author Event with Tim Lehman
Saturday, Oct 22, 2pm in the Community Room
Join us for an author event featuring Tim Lehman. He is the author of two books, Public Values, Private Lands: American Farmland Preservation Policy, 1933-1985 (University of North Carolina Press, 1995) and Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He has also published articles and numerous reviews in professional and popular journals.
The Great Billings Book Hunt
Challenge yourself in the Great Billings Book Hunt! Monthly activities encourage you to search for titles outside your comfort zone. Log your books and complete our challenges, and you might even win a prize.
Check out the Library's YouTube Channel - helpful and interesting videos of all sorts.
See many other programs and activities on our web pages, at Events for Adults, or things for children 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: 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.