Library Book Groups
- Turning Page: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, January 22nd, 7:00 pm
- Litcentric: 11/22/63 by Stephen King, January 28th, 7:00 pm
- Graphics: Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley, February 5th, 7:00 pm
- Please call 657-8290 for Information
Upcoming Special Events
The Adult Reading Olympics!
Back by popular demand, the Library is hosting a new round of reading challenges for adults in 2020. Sign up beginning January 21st 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?
Black History Month
BPL and the Black Heritage Foundation of Yellowstone County are sponsoring a series of events exploring African-American history and culture. Please join us!
- 2/6 EMMETT TILL This program explores the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store.
- 2/13 HUEY NEWTON This program explores the history of Huey Newton, a revolutionary African-American political activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966.
- 2/20 POETRY NIGHT This program celebrates poetry in all forms. It’s an open mic night, so bring a favorite poem to read - yours or someone else’s - or choose one of the great poems provided!
- 2/27 BARACK OBAMA This program explores the strong antipathy to Barack Obama’s presidency, and explores the reasons for it.
- 2/1 BLACK PANTHER is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested. (2018 - PG-13)
- 2/8 GREEN BOOK is a biographical comedy-drama film. Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. (2018 - PG-13)
- 2/15 HARRIET is a biographical film about Harriet Tubman from her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad. (2019 - PG-13)
- 2/22 GOOD HAIR is a documentary film about the importance of hair in African-American culture. Prompted by a question from his young daughter, comic Chris Rock interviews celebrities such as Ice-T and Raven Symone, and visits hair salons, stylist competitions and even an Indian temple to learn about hair culture. (2009 - PG-13)
- 2/29 FENCES is a period drama film, based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh, but once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter. (2016 - PG-13)
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. Brightly colored handmade items will be distributed to Family Services for folks in need in the Billings and Yellowstone County area, blue hats will be sent to Be Strong, an organization that raises awareness of bullying in schools, and muted colors will be sent to Operation Gratitude to support veterans and active military serving far from home. We need your help to knit (or crochet) 1 hat every 3.65 days in order to reach our goal of 100 hats in 2020. *We will also accept handmade mittens or scarves; guidelines and free patterns are available at the Second Floor Help Desk. Please return completed gifts to the Second Floor Help Desk by December 31, 2020 - don’t forget to include a tag listing the item’s fiber content!
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.
Knitting Circle and Fiber Arts Group
Thursday, January 23rd, 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 - 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 January 22nd, when we will discuss American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Call 657-8290 to register.
LitCentric Book Discussion Groupmeets 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 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and books are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk today for our meeting on February 5th. Read the book and then join us to share your thoughts over a slice of pizza!