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!
One Book Billings
April's One Book Billings will be American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee.
This New York Times bestseller tells the enthralling true story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, .and a doting mother. But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley. These forces collide in “American Wolf,” a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West—between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.
Books and sign-ups will be available beginning April 1st. For more information, check out our One Book Billings page.
The Great Billings Book Hunt
Challenge yourself in the Great Billings Book Hunt! 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.
In April, we are Inspired by the Bard. William Shakespeare's birthday is traditionally given as April 23rd, 1564, and we're celebrating the Man from Stratford Upon Avon this month! Read a play, pick up a book of his sonnets (April is also National Poetry month), find a biography or critique of his career. If these ideas do not appeal, not to worry, there are many novels and stories based on his works and his life as well! (HINT: look for books by Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler, Christopher Moore, Ian Doeschner, Karen Harper, and Tracy Chevalier.) Read the book of your choosing, then tell us your thoughts to earn a badge and be entered into Quarter 2's prize drawing.
This challenge is open from April 1st - 30th. A new challenge will be available on April 1st. You can start your hunt anytime this year by clicking on the link below.
Take and Make Blooming Bookmark Craft
Beginning Monday, April 5th
Celebrate spring by decorating a plantable bookmark (paper is embedded with flower seeds). Kits are available on a first come, first serve basis through curbside service and the 2nd Floor Help Desk. No registration necessary. Suitable for adults, teens and older children. Available while supplies last. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 Lilian's Last Dance by Christene Meyers, and we will be holding our meeting online on Wednesday, April 28th, at 7:00 pm. Please email us for more information.
LitCentric Book Discussion Group
We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits. We will be meeting virtually on April 27th at 7pm to discuss Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston. 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. In April, we are reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Come to the Facebook Group Page for more information.
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 and Freading ebooks for our online discussions. Our next selection is The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell from Neil Gaiman's Newbery Award winning novel. Copies are available to check out at the 2nd floor help desk now! We will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 7th. Email us for more information.