Happenings in Children's

We have a lot of things happening in the Children's area.  Scroll down the page to find information on the program you're interested in, or call us at 657-8256.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Poetry Contest

March 18th - April 12th

Billings Public Library and The Friends of BPL invite you to celebrate National Poetry Month with us by participating in a poetry contest. 

  • The contest will be broken into three age groups: Children (age 0-12), Youth (age 13-19), Adults (age 20+) and three cash prizes will be awarded in each age group.  Each poet may submit up to three poems for consideration.  First Place in each group will receive $25.00, Second Place, $15.00 and Third Place, $10.00.
  • Winners will be announced on April 23rd. First place winners from each age group will get to read their winning poem at Poetry Night on Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room!  .

Submission Guidelines: Participants may submit up to three poems that have not been previously published, one poem per page. Include a title page, which must include the following: Name, Age, Phone Number, Address, and Poem Titles. Poems will be judged anonymously, so do not put name on the poems themselves; just on the title page.  Print your entry forms and turn everything in at the first floor Help Desk. You may also submit your entries electronically, here.

Happy writing, fellow poets! We look forward to receiving your submissions. Best of luck to you all. 

Tween Explorer - Hieroglyphic Cartouche 

Wednesday, April 17th

Community Room

4:00 - 5:00 pm

  • 9-12 year olds
  • The mysteries of Egypt are at our door! 
  • Lets embrace the mystery and practice of Egyptian hieroglyphics!
  • Stop by the Children's desk or call 406-657-8256 to register.

American Red Cross 

Pillowcase Project

Saturday, April 20th

Community Room

9 - 11 am

  • The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a free, interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. 
  • The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards and teaches safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness.

Jr. Adventure - Beautiful Batik

Wednesday, April 24th

2nd Floor Conference Room

4:00-5:00 pm

  • 6-8 year olds
  • The beauty of batik is in the wax and color. 
  • Come explore this colorful art form for yourself!
  • Stop by the Children's desk or call 406-657-8256 to register

Special Story Time Event

Monday, April 29th

Story Tower

10:30 am

  • Author Dawn Noelle Archer will be here  to read her book Oh Joy, Bok Choy & Other Greens for Me! 
  • This book reminds us to share the simple joys of working and playing together and helps to discover some fun ways green vegetables can be prepared and enjoyed.
  • A snack from the story will be shared and books will be available for purchase.

Coding Club

Friday, May 3rd

2nd Floor Computer Classroom

4:00-5:00 pm

  •  6-12 year olds
  • Join us for an hour of coding! 
  • This club is all about you learning to code with your fellow peers at your pace. 
  • All skill levels welcome!

May the Fourth Be With You - Kickoff to Summer Reading

Saturday, May 4th

Community Room

10:30am - 1pm

  • Join us for a special Star Wars Saturday, celebrating May the Fourth AND the beginning of Summer Reading sign-ups!
  •  Events kickoff with story time, presented by our very own Jedi Master, immediately followed by a screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. 
  • Enjoy snacks and galactic crafts! Register yourself or your family for the library's Summer Reading Program for a chance to win one of our Star Wars door prizes. 
  • Attend the program in your choice of Star Wars costume for bonus entries to win a door prize.

R.E.A.D. to a Dog  

Saturday, May 4th

Story Tower

11am - Noon

  • Each reader will have the chance to read to one dog
  • All children who are readers are welcome
  • Registration is the day of the program at the Children's desk
  • Space is limited
  • More Information on R.E.A.D.

Tween STEAM  - Making Millions

Wednesday, May 8th

Community Room

4:00-5:00 pm

  • 9-12 year olds
  • Join us for special guests from First Interstate Bank share their insight on how increase your wealth!
  • Stop by the Children's desk or call 406-657-8256 to register

Make and Take Spring Craft

Monday, Monday May 13th

Craft Corner

3:00-4:45 pm

  • Join us for a fun Spring Craft
  • No registration required
  • All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Clean up starts at 4:45

Jr. Science- Art Market

Wednesday, May 15th

Community Room

4:00-5:00 pm

  • 6-8 year olds
  • Let your creative side unwind! 
  • We will supply the art supplies and you decide what art you want to create! 
  • Stop by the Children's desk or call 406-657-8256 to register

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Vox Books!

Available now in the Children's Area!

Make learning and literacy development more exciting with VOX Books. VOX Books are physical books equipped with an audio player that narrates to children as they follow along. 


  • Hardcover book with full audio recording 
  • Headphone jack for individual learning and a built-in speaker
  • Fully portable– the rechargeable battery allows up to 100 listens per charge and no Wi-Fi or data are required
  • Easy set up– simply push a button to listen and read, from beginning to end