Library Book Groups
- Turning Page: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, February 27th, 7:00 pm
- Litcentric: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, February 26th, 7:00 pm
- Graphics: Drowned City by Don Brown, April 3rd, 7:00 pm
- Please call 657-8290 for Information
One Book Billings: Sign Up for March Discussions
One Book Billings will be reading Joe Wilkins' FAR ENOUGH: A WESTERN IN FRAGMENTS in March. A series of short prose fragments told from several viewpoints, FAR ENOUGH follows Willie Benson, Wade Newman, and young Jackie Newman as they crisscross the high plains of eastern Montana, each searching for something to hold onto. Sign up starting February 1st at the 2nd floor Help Desk or by calling 657-8290. Discussions will take place March 4-7.
Blind Date with a Book!
February 1st - 28th: Take a chance on one of our Blind Date books--you might find your heart’s desire! Choose a wrapped book from our display and check it out. Then “rate your date” with the help of our scorecard and return it to the library. You will be entered to win one of these romantic prizes by returning your scorecard by March 15th:
1) Dinner Date: $50.00 Gift Card to Walkers Grill
2) Movie Date: 2 Movie Passes with Complementary Snack and Beverage from the Art House Cinema & Pub.
3) Museum Date: 2 Self-Guided Tour Passes to the Moss Mansion.
4) And Flowers!: $20.00 Gift Card from Gainan's.
Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Black History Month
February is Black History Month and the Black Heritage Foundation and Billings Public Library present a series of programs and films reflecting the African-American experience. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. History.
Programs: Thursdays, 7 pm in the Community Room
- February 14: "Honor Deferred" is a documentary about African-American soldiers who had to wait 50 years to be awarded the Congressional Medals of Honor they had earned during World War II.
- February 21: Poetry Night - Classic poetry by African-American poets - join in the reading or even bring a favorite poem of your own.
- February 28: Black Power 1967-1975 - Learn about the Black Power movement and the impact it made on America.
Films: Saturdays, 11 am in the Community Room. Some films include mature themes and content.
- February 16: "Miracle at St. Anna" (2008, R) Set in 1944 Italy, Director Spike Lee's story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.
- February 23: "To Sir, With Love" (1967, NR) Idealistic engineer-trainee (Sidney Poitier) and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Gardening Series: Composting
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Community Room. Join Bryce Glen, owner of Rocky Mountain Compost, to learn about composting and soil amendments. Thanks to the Yellowstone County Master Gardeners for cosponsoring this event.
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
We are the library's fiber arts enthusiasts who knit, crochet, embroider, spin, felt, and generally love fiber arts. We get together the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday 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!
One on One Tech Tutoring
It's never to late to learn! Would you like some help learning to better use your computer, smartphone or other digital device? Give us a call and sign up for a free one-hour session. Our Senior Outreach Librarian will help answer your questions and make you a more confident user of technology. To set up an appointment, call 657-8255.
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 Reading Room at 7pm. Our next meeting will be February 27th, when we will discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. 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. Bring your mug for coffee! We are currently reading by Elizabeth Kolbert and will meet on February 26th.
Email email@example.com 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 Drowned City by Don Brown, and books will be available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk on March 1st. for our meeting on April 3rd. Read the book and then join us to share your thoughts over a slice of pizza!