Children

Adventures in Story Time

Stories, songs and craft activity

Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 10 am

Story Tower


Adventures in Story Time introduces young children to books, songs, crafts, and other fun interactive activities designed around a theme.  Each weekly Story Time is a chance to practice reading readiness skills like listening during stories, letter awareness and predicting. Themes for the month of September include:All About Me, Apples, Leaves and Farms.

Adventures in Story Time 10 Story Tower

Books Babies CLassic


Books and Babies: Classic

Stories, songs and play

Thursdays, 3:15-4pm 

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10:15-11am

Story Tower


Want to foster a love of reading at an early age and build important early literacy skills for your young child (ages 0-2)? Join us in the Story Tower for stories, rhymes, and finger plays intended for our littlest pre-readers!   

Books and Babies: Music

Stories, songs and play

1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:15-11am

Story Tower


Introducing the musical edition to our ever popular Books and Babies program! Music creates a positive connection to literacy and language between your child (ages 0-2) and you! Join us every 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10:15am in the Story Tower for books, hands-on musical play and fun! 

 

 

Books Babies MUSIC
Art Club for Tweens

Art Explorers: Art Club for Tweens 

Thursdays 

4-5pm 

Children's Craft Corner

Unleash your inner-artist by exploring fun art concepts. Create new projects every week… Painting, zines, mixed media, still life, portraits—you name it, we’ll do it! Ages 9-12. No pre-registration required.

Click here to view the schedule

R.E.A.D to a Dog 

1st Saturdays of Every Month

11:00AM - 12:00 PM

Story Tower


Reading aloud helps your young child expand their vocabulary and improve reading comprehension. Learning to read can be scary; a friendly face, particularly one with a wagging tail, can ease reading anxieties and build confidence.  Each child will be able to sign up on the day of the program and have a chance to read to one dog. Space is limited.  

READ to a Dog is an affiliate program of R.E.A.D.® (or) Reading Education Assistance Dogs® which is part of Inter-Mountain Therapy Animals of Salt Lake City, Utah.  This program is made possible by funding through the Otto and Yvonne Mansfield Endowment for Pet Therapy at St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation and the Billings Public Library Foundation.

R.E.A.D Announcement

TIY Kits updated


Try It Yourself (TIY) STEAM Kits

Now available for checkout!

Through generous grants from the Friends of Billings Public Library and the Billings Public Library Foundation, kids and families will have the chance to explore STEAM components in a new way.

  • Children and families can enjoy  hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)
  • 12 kits are available; each kit contains a unique collection of multi-media materials including books, DVDs, games, and models chosen to appeal to a variety of learning styles and ages.

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! 

Android app 

Apple app

iVox

1000Books Logo - Bear with Green Book

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you have a child not yet in kindergarten? Sign up today and foster a love of reading at an early age. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are all encouraged to participate. 

One book a day = 1000 books before kindergarten!

 Register Here

Bright by Text

Bright by Text is a free texting services that helps parents and caregivers make the most out of their early interactions by suggesting fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, ways to aid a child’s physical development, and much more. In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about free and low-cost events and resources specific to the Billings area, such as health clinics, preschool enrollment periods, and fun events for families.

To sign up, parents and caregivers with children under 5 years old can text 406Parents to 274448. They will receive 2 to 5 text messages per week that includes a link to a landing page with more detail, short modeling videos, and links to related resources.

Bright by Text _Library Promo_Updated10.19.2021

Visit our Virtual Story Tower!

Do you miss hanging out in our Story Tower?  Here's your chance to visit it virtually! Click on the images for links to fun games, videos, songs and other learning activities.  Stop by seasonally for new adventures.