Here's What's Happening!
The Billings Public Library is pleased to be partner with local high school senior Elizabeth Berns to bring a Hope Tree to the City of Billings. The Hope Tree at the library will be adorned with tags that library visitors will inscribe with messages of support, hope for the future, and love for those suffering from depression and to raise awareness about suicide prevention. This project is supported by the GFWC Billings Junior Women’s Club through a donation of self-help books for children. The books are available beside the Hope Tree supply table in the library lobby. In keeping with the BPL’s Platinum Leeds status, all materials and supplies associated with the Hope Tree are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
The Hope Tree Project will be active from May 28 through September 1.
Magic City Stories
Billings Public Library’s mission statement is to connect community so it can grow together, discover the love of reading, the joy of learning, and the sharing of creative expression. From these ideas: embrace, enrich, empower, the Magic City Stories sketchbook project has sprung! Our Stories are a way for us to connect with one another through our thoughts and feelings, our art, and our hearts; across the miles and across generations.
Here’s how it works: Beginning June 1st, library borrowers can check out a sketchbook from the 2nd Floor Help Desk for one week – detailed instructions are included in the sketchbook’s pouch, along with a few drawing and writing tools. During this time, the borrower can fill the sketchbook pages with stories, sketches, poetry, memories, moments, coloring, collage, or whatever ideas they wish to express and share in the medium of their choice. Creative prompts are included with the sketchbook in case help is needed. We’re asking that the content be kept family-friendly. At the end of the loan period, the borrower can return the sketchbook to the 2nd Floor Help Desk and check out another.
Once each book is full, we’ll digitize it and add it to our collection.
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.
iVox Books that Move!
iVOX is a children’s book app for ages 3-8, which engages and delights curious young minds with the latest in storytelling technology. Part eBook, part audiobook and part virtual pop-up. Children follow along with the exciting stories while interacting with 3D characters and scenes immersed in the narrative like never before (no 3D glasses needed!).
Download the app, log in with your library card and watch children's books come to life!
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.