Special Events 

Library Book Groups

  • Turning Page: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon, October 23rd, 7:00 pm
  • Litcentric:  Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, October 29th, 7:00 pm
  • Graphics: Watchmen by Alan Moore, December 4th, 7:00 pm
  • Please call 657-8290 for Information

Upcoming Special Events

Peter FletcherClassical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

Long-time audience favorite Peter Fletcher is returning to Billings on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist, who performs over 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed. Peter offers an audience friendly, solo recital including repertoire that runs the gamut from the Baroque Period through the 20th Century. His current recital program includes Bach, Paganini, Vivaldi, and more. The concert will culminate with Isaac Albeniz’s Rumores de la Caleta, one of the most exciting Spanish works in the classical guitar repertoire. CDs will be available for sale. This program is free, courtesy of the sponsorship of The Friends of the Library.

bat-1280x480Gardening Series: All about Bats with Megan O’Reilly, MFWP Wildlife Biologist

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Community Room

Megan will focus on the life history of bats, dispel some popular myths about bats and showcase some of the new technology wildlife biologists utilize for both research and outreach. *Thanks to our cosponsors, the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners.

Logo_of_National_Novel_Writing_MonthNaNoWriMo:  Come Write In!

Wednesdays in November at 5:30, in the Conference Room

    The 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th

Is this the year you write your novel?  November is National Novel Writing Month, and the Library is teaming up with local volunteers to provide a supportive space for you to work on your personal NaNoWriMo challenge of writing 50,000 words of a new novel.   

Ken Robison WW I Montana book coverKen Robison: World War I Montana: The Treasure State Prepares

Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 pm, Community Room

Montana's cowboys, miners, foresters, farmers and nurses entered World War I in April 1917 under the battle cry that would resonate on the battlefields in France--"Powder River, Let 'Er Buck!" Montana men served in a greater percentage per capita than any other state. Hundreds responded to the call, including local women and minorities, from the nation's first congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin, to young women serving as combat nurses on the front lines. Additionally, the state provided vital supplies of copper and wheat. Learn what role celebrities like "cowboy artist" Charlie Russell played in the war and how Montanans mobilized, trained and deployed. Acclaimed historian Ken Robison, of the Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton and a Montana Historical Society "Heritage Keeper", uncovers new and neglected stories of the Treasure State's contributions to the Great War.

Classes and Crafts:

Tai Chi for Everyone presented by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Billings

In the Taoist tradition, a person's health depends on the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. The Taoist Tai Chi arts exercise the entire physiology, including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and the internal organs. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, including grip-less, flat-soled shoes, and should be prepared to sign a waiver.Thursdays at Noon in the Community Room.

The Fellowship of the Fiber 

Thursday, October 10th, 1pm, Large Conference Room
We are the library's fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber arts.  We get together the second and fourth Thursdays of every month 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!  This is our Fellowship, we look forward to your company!

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 usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. We gather in the 2nd floor Board Room at 7pm.  Our next meeting will be October 23rd, when we will discuss The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. Call 657-8290 to register.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group

  meets the last Tuesday of every month between January and October 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 Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

Email 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 Watchmen by Alan Moore, and books are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk today for our meeting on December 4th. Read the book and then join us to share your thoughts over a slice of pizza!

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!