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May and June Events

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Have you signed up for Summer Reading? 
We are kicking off the program on June 6th, but you can Sign up now and start logging your books. Check back on the Summer Reading site or on this page to stay up to date!  Each week we will have new programs, puzzles, prize drawings and activities for you to enjoy.  These include:

  • Discover Tuesday, a lunchtime program from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Community Room.  Each program will feature an expert in such fields as yoga, exercise, smoothie-making, and Billings' trail system.  Bring your lunch!
  • Week of Making.  We are celebrating the National Week of Making with crafts and a Knit in Public session.
  • Book Discussion Groups.  Choose either The Martian by Andy Weir or Traveling to Infinity by Jane Hawking, check out a copy of the book and then meet your fellow readers to talk about your reading experience!  We are also concluding our Summer Reading events with our annual Books to Movies matinee, featuring the movies based on these two books, on July 23rd.
  • Movies!  We are featuring two Friday Afternoon Cinematic Escapes DOUBLE FEATURES in July, with the theme Make it Real:  True Sports Movies.
  • Swing into Summer at Billings Public Library Block Party.  We are bringing back this popular community event to kick everything into high gear on June 18th.  Follow our Facebook Event Page for more information.

Tech Tuesdays

June 7: Ereader Support
June 14: Introduction to Computers
June 21: Microsoft Excel
June 28: DIY Green Screen Photography
Classes are from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Computer Lab. *Registration is required.  Please call 657-8290 to register. 

Author Visit!  Gwen Florio
Missoula author Gwen Florio will be reading from Disgraced, her third Lola Wicks mystery novel. In this book, Lola is visiting Wyoming when her vacation is sidetracked as she becomes immersed in reporting the developing and heartbreaking story of a group of small town friends shattered by their experiences in Afghanistan, which makes Lola's own time in that war zone resurface as well. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Monday, June 27th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.

The Creative Writer's Studio
Meetings will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
on the second Wednesday and third Monday of every month. Contact for availability. 

The Tangle Group Coloring Party
Join our Tangle Group, Wednesday, June 8, 1pm and Thursday, June 16, 7pm, in the Community Room, for our next Zentangle and coloring party.  Stop by, relax, learn to doodle some basic patterns, and spend some quality time coloring! Attendees are welcome to bring their own pen, paper, colored pencils, and coloring book, but supplies will be provided. No sign-up necessary. *Our extra project for these sessions will involve Zentangling on mugs and tiles.  Please bring your own mug or tile if you wish to attempt this project.  Solid, light colors work best.

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 are taking a hiatus during the summer and will next meet on Wednesday August 24th,  to discuss Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.  We gather in the 2nd floor Reading Room at 7:00 pm.  Registration is required; please call 657-8290 for more information. 

BPL Knitting Circle
The Knitting Circle meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM.  Our Circle is informal and open to all fiber artists, not just knitters.  We provide space, light, and good company with which to share ideas and inspiration. Our group meets on the first floor of the library in the Popular Materials Room. Bring your fiber project and join us! Thursday, May 26th at 1:00 pm.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group meets every last Tuesday of every month between January and October at 7:00 PM in the second floor Large Conference Room.  We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits.  In May we are reading Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan, and will meet on May 31st at 7pm.  Call 657-8290 or email to sign up.

Paracord Survival Bracelet Workshop  June 17th, 3-5pm, first floor under the Skylight.
Kick off the Week of Making by learning to build a survival bracelet constructed of parachute cord (paracord). Why is it a survival bracelet? The strands of your paracord can be used to mend, tie down, lace up, fish, trap, and perform first aid as well as many other things. A survival bracelet is used by EMTs and active service-members, as well as campers, hikers, and adventurers. Learn to make a bracelet for yourself or a friend, then make a bracelet or two for an active service-member deployed overseas. Show our troops you care!  Supplies provided, no sign-up needed.

For Readers
Looking for something new to read?  Join one or two (or all 11!) of our Email Book Clubs. Each day we'll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. You can choose among mysteries, business books, teen titles, even pre-publication! All you need to provide is your email address. Find out more or sign up for an Email Book Club or check out our Readers' Corner blog.