Due to concern for public health and safety, we are CANCELLING ALL PUBLIC PROGRAMS until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
While the Library is closed, it’s a great time to discover the resources BPL offers online. Check out e-books 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!
Online Programs and Resources
Library Book Groups
- Turning Page: Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith. Date and Time TBA.
- Litcentric: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Date and Time TBA.
- Graphics: Akira, volume 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo, Date and Time TBA.
- Please call 657-8290 for Information
BPL’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest
Accepting Online Submissions from March 2nd to April 3rd
Celebrate National Poetry Month in April by participating in Billings Public Library’s Second Annual Poetry Contest.
Poets of all ages are welcome to submit their work as the contest is divided into three age groups—Children (age 0-12), Young Adult (age 13-19), and Adult (age 20+). Three cash prizes will be awarded in each age group: First Place: $50, Second Place: $30, and Third Place: $20.
We will be accepting submissions starting March 2nd through April 3rd. The winners will be contacted before the end of April. Further details regarding the event will soon be posted on the library’s website and social media platforms. Call 657-8258 or visit our website for more information.
One Book Billings
One Book Billings is canceled for May. American Wolf will rescheduled into our next series.
The Adult Reading Olympics
March’s Challenge: "Spring Fancies". Read a book about love, and tell us about it.
Back by popular demand, the Library is hosting a new round of reading challenges for adults in 2020. Sign up and start working towards your reading goals--or stretch outside your comfort zone with monthly exercises in different genres or authors. Log your reading to earn points, and complete monthly reading challenges! You will be awarded badges for the completed challenges, and be entered into quarterly prize drawings. At the end of the year, top readers will be entered into grand prize drawings based on the number of points you earn! Are you ready for this challenge? Sign Up Now!
100 Hats Challenge
Our library Knitting Circle is challenging itself to gather 100 locally hand knit or crocheted hats to send to children, teens, and adults who need help staying warm in 2020. To date we have collected over 200 hats from community crafters to be distributed to Family Services serving the Billings and Yellowstone County area, and Operation Gratitude to support veterans and active military serving far from home. *We ask that knitters and crocheters continue to create hats and scarves through the COVID-19 disruption and to store their creations at home until it is safe once again for the library to collect these items. Follow these links for guidelines and free patterns if you are crafting for Operation Gratitude. Please remember to attach a tag listing the item’s fiber content!
Library Book Groups! The Library sponsors book discussion groups which are sure to whet your appetite for something different:
Turning Page Book Discussion Group
uses the Library's collection of book club kits and gather in the 2nd floor Board Room at 7pm. Our current book is Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith. Call 657-8290 to register. (Discussion date for this book will be announced when available.)
LitCentric Book Discussion Groupmeets at 7pm in the second floor Large Conference Room. We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. We are currently reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. (Our next discussion date will be announced when available.)
Email email@example.com to sign up.
Graphics: A Graphic Novel Book Group
A joint project with Adult and Teen Services, this intergenerational book group will feature selections from our new Graphic Novel Book Kits for bi-monthly discussions. Our next selection will be Akira, volume 1, by Katsuhiro Otomo, and books are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk today. Read the book and then join us to share your thoughts over a slice of pizza! (Our discussion date will be announced as soon as we are able.)