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Harry Koyama Art Demo May 26

Art Demo by Harry Koyama

Community members are invited to attend an art demonstration by renowned Billings-based artist Harry Koyama. An impressionist, Koyama’s oil paintings capture American West wildlife, landscapes and Native American subjects. His studio/gallery, Harry Koyama Fine Art, is located in historic downtown Billings. This event is part of a series dubbed Art by Billings Public Library, or “artXbpl,” which will showcase a variety of artists and types of artistic expression throughout 2022.

Was It Worth It Book Cover

Author Event: Doug Peacock

Friday, May 27th, 6-7pm in the Community Room

Doug Peacock, author of Was It Worth It?: A Wilderness Warrior's Long Trail Home will join us for an exciting presentation and book signing!  

Author Bio: Doug Peacock ( is an American naturalist, outdoorsman, and author. He is best known for his book Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, a memoir of his experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, much of which he spent alone in the wilderness of the western U.S. observing grizzly bears. He co-founded Save the Yellowstone Grizzly, Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for Round River, which works with indigenous people and governments in Namibia, Botswana, North, South and Central America to develop conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. Round River has emerged as one of the most successful medium-sized conservation groups anywhere, having contributed to the preservation of more than 20 million acres of wilderness. Doug lives in Emigrant, Montana, and spends considerable time in the Sonoran Desert, southeast Utah and with the grizzlies of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.

Summer Reading begins Monday, June 6th!

Summer Reading

JoinKid Lit logo us for a celebration of children’s literature and chances to meet regional authors and illustrators!

June 8th - 11th

Wednesday, June 8th

- 11am-12pm - Dorothy Patent: Nonfiction (virtual)

- 3-4pm - Sheila Ruble: Western Middle Grade

- 4:30-5:30pm - AJ Otjen: Native American Stories

- 6-7pm - LuAnn Rod: Western Middle Grade

Thursday, June 9th

- 12pm-1pm - Kent Davis: Magical Middle Grade (Story Tower)

Friday, June 10th

- 4:30-5:30pm - Susan Adrian: Magical Middle Grade

- 6-7pm - Janet Fox: Magical Middle Grade

Saturday, June 11th

- 10-11am - Sue Lawrence: Picture Book

- 11:30am-12:30pm - Precious McKenzie: Middle Grade

- 1-2pm - Illustrators Panel with Jen Ard, Erika Wilson, Edward Tanzosh, and Jeanne Bowman

- 3-4pm - Illustrators Reception featuring original artwork

- 4:30-5:30pm - Sneed B. Collard III: Nature Books

This event is sponsored by This House of Books, Writer's Voice, Community Seven, Rocky Mountain College, and Humanities Montana.

The Great Billings Book Hunt 2022

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.

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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.