Our Library Calendar: Now you can check out our programs, register for events, and even request a meeting room reservation, all in one spot.
Oceans of Possibilities Coming Soon!
Our 2022 Adult Summer Reading program kicks off on June 6th.
Log your reading, write book reviews and participate in exciting missions to be eligible for weekly prizes. Attend our adult programs to unlock secret codes that will boost the points you can earn every week; use those points to buy raffle tickets for our nautically themed grand prizes. Complete the summer-long BINGO challenge for even more chances to win. It’s going to be a great program and we hope you join us for a summer of cerulean-hued high adventure in the Oceans of the Possibilities!
Adult Take and Make Wildflower Grow Kit
Celebrate Earth Day with the library’s wildflower grow kit, available to pick up at the Second Floor Help Desk. Parking lots and grass lawns are dead zones for pollinators, the insects humans rely on to help us pollinate the food we harvest and eat. Planting a small pot of wildflowers provides shelter and food for our precious pollinators and helps combat their declining numbers. The seeds in this kit were selected especially for our region and support Montana’s native pollinators (not just bees - show the beneficial insects you love them and get your wildflowers planted!
This kit was funded in part by HHMI/Tangled Bank Studio, PBS Nature and Passion Planet as part of the #PlantWildflowers Initiative.
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, and more games have been ordered and should be available in the near future!
Games cannot be placed on hold or renewed, and 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!
Keystone Native Species with Patrick Plantenberg
May 20th, 1-2:30pm, Community Room
We are excited to host Montana Native Plant Society President, Patrick Plantenberg, as part of BPL’s #plantwildflowers initiative (sponsored by Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature). Plantenberg will discuss the unique keystone native plant species integral to Montana ecosystems.
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.
May's Challenge: Get Caught Reading! This is Get Caught Reading Month, a time to promote literacy and reading for fun - but we're going to change it up a bit, and ask you to read a thriller in May! This could be a detective story, romantic suspense, a domestic thriller, a book about spies either real or fictional, true crime--whatever genre you find yourself caught in. Don't delay, "the game is afoot!" Complete the mission by telling us about what you read to earn a badge for Quarter 2. This challenge will be open from May 1st - 31st.
May Bonus Challenge: Send us a photo of yourself or a family member "caught reading" in public to earn a bonus badge, 15 extra points, AND a chance to win a Crumbl Cookie gift card!
Stop by the Second Floor Help Desk to see our current selection of ex-library books and audiobooks that are free for adoption. Our gently used items are looking for new homes that will give them love and purpose. Adopt a book today!
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 Dutch House by Ann Patchett, and we will be holding our meeting on Wednesday, May 26th, 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 Raw Material: Working Wool in the West by Stephany Wilkes for our discussion on May 25th, 7pm via Zoom. Email us to sign up!
Complicated History Discussion Group - Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
Kristin Du Mez, professor of history at Calvin University, has written a significant and controversial new history on Christianity in America that's become a popular choice among church and community reading groups. Check out a copy from the library throughout the month of May and join us for a discussion in June!
10 copies available for checkout at 2nd-floor Reference desk. Patrons with their own copy encouraged to attend discussion scheduled for June 15, 2022, 6:00PM in Yellowstone Board Room. 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!