Friday Night Fun Returns!
Join us for weekly programs throughout the school year. There's sure to be something for everyone in your family!
All programs begin at 6:00 pm in the Community Room unless otherwise noted. September's events include:
- Sept. 30th: Audubon Bat Walk. (off-site)
- Oct. 14th: Game Night! (Children's Craft Corner, 5:00 - 7:00 pm)
- Oct. 28th: Teddy Bear (and friends) Sleepover. (Children's Story Tower, 6:00 pm)
Upcoming Programs for Adults
One Book Billings
The 2022-2023 season has begun.
Sponsored by a grant from Bernard Rose through the Billings Public Library Foundation, the One Book Billings program seeks to provide a forum for library patrons to read and discuss in small groups regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, especially Montana. Discussion groups come together five times a year (every other month from September to May), each discussing the same book.
In November we are reading The Grizzly in the Driveway by Robert Chaney. Books and Discussion signups will be available beginning October 1st.
Celtic Guitarist and Storyteller
Sept. 27th. (6:00 pm, Community Room): The Billings Public Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic guitarist and storyteller Jerry Barlow for a special concert. As a touring performer, Barlow travels throughout the Midwest, South and Rocky Mountain regions presenting his program of music, history, and humor from the British Isles. He recently spent several weeks in Cape Breton, NS, where he learned a smattering of Gaelic and marveled at the history of the Great Clans, ultimately adding some Cape Breton-style step-dance music to his program! Barlow’s repertoire features music and stories from the medieval time of Scottish, Irish and English history – a time filled with wonderful legend and lore. There will be ample opportunity for some toe-tapping, some sing-along and even some step-dancing if you are so inclined.
artXbpl Brings Art Demonstrations to BPL
Sept. 29th (6:00 pm, Community Room): Louis Habeck. Billings-based artist Louis Habeck will demonstrate his innovative sculpting techniques. Whether through painting or sculpture, Habeck prerfers to depict peculiar, melancholy creatures, investigating the dark transitional times in their lives. See his work here!
But is It Tolkien?: The Rings of Power Series, the Text, and the Fans
Thursday, October 20th, 6:30pm, 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!
Oct. 22nd: Tim Lehman (2:00 pm, 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 2022
We are back with a third year of reading, challenges, and prizes! 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.
September Challenge: Banned Books. The American Library Association recognizes Banned Books Week during the last week of September, and we challenge you to take part as well! This month, read a book from one of the ALA's yearly lists and then tell us what you think. We hope by the end of the month, you'll proudly say, "I read banned books!"
Complete the mission by telling us about what you read to earn a badge for Quarter 3. This challenge will be open from September 1st - 30th.
Nintendo Switch Games are Now Available for Checkout!
We are pleased to announce that Nintendo Switch video games are now available for checkout at the library! Games are limited to two (2) games per patron, and will be checked out for 14 days. We have an assortment of DVDs and books related to video game history and culture available, as well, so feel free to check out some fun, informative companion materials!
The initial rush went better than expected! More games have been ordered and should be available in the near future!
Games can now be placed on hold but are not renewable. Games will accrue $1/day in late fines to a maximum of $10. Games must be checked out at the 2nd-floor Reference desk.
Click here to view our full Nintendo Switch games collection!
Library Book Groups!
The Library sponsors book discussion groups which are sure to whet your appetite for something different:
Turning Page Book Discussion Group
Our next discussion will be on Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead on Wednesday, September 28th, at 6:30 pm in the 2nd floor Yellowstone Board Room. Please email us for more information.
LitCentric Book Discussion Group
We meet the last Tuesday of the month, January through October. We're currently reading Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food by Liz Carlisle and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for our discussion on October 25th, at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Email us to sign up!
Billings Bookmarks: An Online Book Group
We want to talk with you about what you’re reading! As part of The Billings Bookmarks, you can share thoughts about your current reads, connect with fellow Billings readers, and have some fun.
Come to our Facebook Group Page for more information.
Looking for your Next Favorite Book or Movie?Visit our Readers' Corner to find out what members of our Library Staff are reading and watching. You will see what we are excited about, and can join in the conversation! To learn about the latest hot titles, check out Book Sizzle. Then come back next week; we update these pages regularly!
Discover our online resources! You can check out e-books, magazines, and audiobooks, take a class, learn a new language, stream your favorite music and much more. Try it out today!
Don’t forget to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds - BPL will also be posting links to other great sites that have other ways to educate, entertain and distract you!