Special Events 

Library Book Groups

  • Turning Page: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, August 28th, 7:00 pm
  • Litcentric:  The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old, August 27th, 7:00 pm
  • Graphics: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, August 7th, 7:00 pm
  • Please call 657-8290 for Information

Upcoming Special Events

Arbuckle by Russell RowlandOne Book Billings Sign-Ups Begin for Russell Rowland's Arbuckle

Sign up in August for book discussions the week of September 9th - 12th.

"When Catherine Boland meets a shy young ranch hand at the bank where she works, she has no idea that he just took part in a recent vigilante hanging that she has been very outspoken about. And although George Arbuckle was not a willing participant in that hanging, he worries that once Catherine learns about his participation, he will lose her for good. This is just the first of the challenges facing this young couple in late 19th century Montana. Arbuckle, the third book in a trilogy about a ranch family in southeastern Montana, also takes on issues of rape, abortion, and the difficulty of developing a happy life in the early homesteader days."

Sign up by stopping by the 2nd floor Help Desk or by calling 406-657-8290. Books provided to participants courtesy of the Billings Public Library Foundation. 

The 2019 - 2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Marge McArthur.

*synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.

Native American Lecture Series

August 22nd, 7:00 pm, Community Room

Part of the ongoing Native American Race Relations Lecture Series, Indian People's Action will discuss "Native American Lives Matter: Over-Incarceration and Police Brutality in Today's Culture."

Meet John Clayton, Author of Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America's Public Lands

Author John ClaytonNatural Rivals: A book by John ClaytonJohn Clayton's new book explores how two very different, yet very influential men approached the question of American wild lands and how they should best be protected for generations to come.  Red Lodge writer Clayton's previous book, Wonderlandscape, won the High Plains Book Award for Nonfiction in 2018. Come meet John Clayton on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. This program is co-sponsored by The Writer's Voice.

Russell Rowland, Montana AuthorOne Book Billings: Meet the Author

Russell Rowland, author of Arbuckle, the September selection for One Book Billings, will be at the Library to talk about his book and the family legacy that inspired the novel. He will also talk about his other books and the writer's life. Saturday, September 14, 1:00 pm, Community Room. This program is sponsored by the Billings Public Library Foundation, in memory of Marge McArthur.

Civil Conversation: Owning Our History - Japanese Internment

Kunio Yamamoto facing Heart Mountain, 1944, Frank and George Hirahara Photographs Collection, WashinIn 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the incarceration of thousands of residents of the western states with Japanese ancestry, both immigrants and citizens alike. The legacies of that decision are still echoing within the American consciousness. Dakota Russell, Executive Director of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, will talk about the ramifications of the Japanese internment to those who went through it and for the country. A discussion will follow. Please plan to take part on Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm in the Community Room. Photo: Kunio Yamamoto facing Heart Mountain, 1944. Frank and George Hirahara Photographs Collection, Washington State University Libraries’ MASC, used with permission.

Love That Dog - a playMontana Repertory Theatre: LOVE THAT DOG!

LOVE THAT DOG is a one-person play adapted from the book by Sharon Creech. A young student ruminates on the confusing, pointless nature of poetry and the complete impossibility of a person writing their own poems. But over the course of the play, a young poet emerges with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and, of course, a dog. This play is fun for all ages.  Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm in the Community Room

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, August 22nd, 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.  We are on hiatus over June and July, so our next meeting will be August 28th, when we will discuss Destiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Canice Millard. 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. Bring your mug for coffee!  We are currently reading The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old  and will meet on August 27th.

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 Paper Girls, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, and books are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk today for our meeting on August 7th. 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!