The Library is OPEN, Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm & Sat 9am - 5pm.
CURBSIDE PICK-UP service continues Monday - Friday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
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!
Adult Summer Reading Continues in July!
"Imagine Your Story" with BPL’s Summer Reading program. 2020 Summer Reading program. You can register yourself or sign up as a family group, and Adults can continue logging their reading and activity progress until July 25th. Log your books, complete weekly activities, and participate in our online events to earn points and enter drawings for wonderful gift cards and grand prize baskets! Click here for more information and to sign up.
Imagine Your Story video lesson presented by Crooked Line Studio available for signup July 1st.
Our friend "Doodlen" Dan of Crooked Line Studio has created an amazing watercolor pencil and colored pencil drawing lesson based on our very own Summer Reading Program! The lesson will be accessible by creating a free Vimeo account and going to Crooked Line Studio’s Vimeo page to purchase the lesson. The lesson, suitable for both adults and younger audiences, costs $10 to access and is approximately 1.5 hours long; an accompanying kit is available for purchase directly from Crooked Line Studio, located at 1206 24th Street West. The cost of a kit is $18. and includes a set of 24 Crayola watercolor pencils, 2 sheets of watercolor paper, and 1 water brush pen.
Billings Public Library is providing this lesson free to the first 30 people who sign up on July 1st by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org *please include "Crooked Line Class" in your subject space.
The Adult Reading Olympics
July’s Challenge: "Imagine Your Story, Part II: Biographies and Memoirs." We celebrated imaginative fiction in June, and this month we’d like you to put yourself in the shoes of a real-life person. Pick up a biography or a memoir, and then let us know what you thought by completing the badge on your Reading Olympics homepage. This challenge is available from July 1st through the 31st, and is the first challenge for Quarter 3!
The Reading Olympics will continue through December, and you can join at any time. 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!
Matthew Gurnsey, The Kilted Man, Returns for an Online Performance
The Billings Public Library is pleased to welcome back acclaimed musician Matthew Gurnsey, The Kilted Man, who will be performing on Saturday, July 11th,via Billings Public Library’s social media streaming platform. The performance will begin at 2:00 pm.
Let the Kilted Man take you on a journey through the mists of time and the magic of Fairy land. Visitthe mountain homes of dwarves and dragons and hear the plaintive love song ofthe King of the Fairies. Sorrow with the Picts as they stand against the legionsof Rome and hold your breath as Bonny Prince Charlie escapes across the sea. Shiver as ghosts float through the streets and highwaymen gallop to their doom in dark forests. Love and adventure await you when the Kilted Man spins his tales of Celtic wonder!
Herbology in Harry Potter
Billings Public Library will host Lynne Puckett on Wednesday, July 15th for an exploration of the magical world of herbs in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. This talk will be presented ONLINE through GoToMeeting at 3:00 pm.
Herbology in Harry Potter is fantastical but grounded in botanical science. The library’s herb expert, Lynne Puckett, will discuss ginger, mint, monkshood, lavender and other herbs. For additional information and to register, please contact the Library at email@example.com.
July 15 Adult Take and Make Kits
Maker crafts aren’t just for kids anymore - now they’re available for adults, too! Our inaugural kit becomes available for curbside pickup on July 15. Each kit will include a simple craft or activity designed to keep your brain young and your imagination limber, and they’ll be paired with a suggested reading list for further activities curated by your crafty librarians. You will receive most of the supplies you need to complete each activity, but in some cases supplies will need to be supplemented ie: scissors, hot glue; some kits will be accompanied by either a recorded or live tutorial (to be announced) and free for everyone to access on Billings Public Library’s YouTube channel. Kit 1: Summer Memories will be devoted to scrapbooking and memory keeping. *There is a limit to one kit per household - kit supplies are generous and will be enough for several people to share. Kits are available on a first come, first served basis, no reservations will be accepted. For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include Adult Take and Make attn. Jennifer W. in the subject line.
The Knitting Circle and Fiber Arts Group
We are pleased to announce that our group has moved to an online format! We’re meeting every Thursday afternoon at 1pm. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in joining our group - you will receive an invitation to attend. *Please note the Knitting Circle is taking a short break after our June 18 meeting, but we’ll be back on July 16!
We are the library’s Knitting Circle and fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber. We get together to talk about what we enjoy the most and share projects. If you’re a newbie at the fiber craft game, we can help you learn - we look forward to your company!
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
Our current book is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, August 26th at 4:00 pm.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LitCentric Book Discussion Groupuses a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. We will be meeting virtually on June 30! Our next read is A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez.
Email email@example.com to sign up and request a copy for curbside pickup.
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. We’re planning to hold discussions for specific titles on our Facebook Group Page this fall!
Graphics: A Graphic Novel Book Group
A joint project with Adult and Teen Services, this intergenerational book group will feature selections from our Graphic Novel Book Kits for bi-monthly discussions. Our next online meeting will be in August--stay tuned for more details!