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April and May Events

Tech Tuesday presents BPL Online Resources:  So much more than E-Books!

April 21: Montana Memory Project
April 28: Testing and Education Reference Center

In May, join us for a two-part series on getting the most out of Microsoft Word:

May 4th:  E-Reader Support Registration Required for this class only.  Please call 657-8258 to register!
May 12th:  Word Basics
May 19th:  Word 2.0
May 26th:  NO CLASS, Memorial Day week

All classes begin at 4:00 PM, second floor Computer Lab.

Artful Women of Montana

On the first Tuesday of the month, Billings Public Library and the Zonta Club of Billings will present a discussion with a guest writer, artist, or entertainer who will share her experiences working in the arts. Our next presentation will be May 5th, 5:30-6:30 PM, Community Room.

The Importance of Bees

Billings Master Gardener and beekeeper Shari Kisch shares the important role bees play in our food supply, the impact of CCD, and how a bee colony works.  All ages welcome.  April 25th, 11:00 AM, Community Room.

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!

Money Smart April @ Your Library Attend all our financial education programs for Money Smart in April!
Billings Public Library is pleased to present financial programming in correlation with Money Smart Week, which occurs April 18th-25th. Working with Rocky Mountain Bank, Western Security Bank, Billings Coupon Clippers, and the Yellowstone County MSU Extension office, we will be offering programs throughout April that focus on many different financial concepts.

International Harry Potter Day!

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Billings Public Library Cordially invite you to a day of fun and magic!  Saturday, May 2 is International Harry Potter Day, the day we celebrate the special world of author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.  Join us in the Community Room at 11:30 AM, our special guests ZooMontana are bringing an owl and a snake for you to meet.  Following ZooMontana's presentation is a costume contest under the skylight on the first floor.  Dust off your Hogwarts robes or other Harry Potter costume because prizes will be awarded for best costume in the adult, teen, and children's categories.  At 12:30 PM Wand-making Workshops commence in the Teen Tech Lab, Teen Area, and Large Conference Room.  A selection of Harry Potter movies will be screened while we make our wands and enjoy butterbeer and cauldron cakes.  Also, test your Potter fandom by picking up a trivia challenge - prizes will be awarded in a random drawing from correct trivia answers.  All ages are welcome.  We hope you can join us for this special day!  Check out this event on Facebook for updates throughout April.

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.
May 13th at 7:00 PM, the group leader is JC. 
May 18th at 7:00 PM, the group leader is Jon.

40th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival Tour

The Library is excited to be able to bring you this festival of short films featuring the best of the annual Northwest Filmmakers' Festival!  Danielle Duhaime of the Northwest Film Center says that the showing will include "documentary, drama, comedy, animation and experimental work from award-winning filmmakers living in the Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State.)"   May 30th at 2:00 PM in the Community Room.

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.

This year, try our 52-Week Challenge !  Sign up, set a goal, and participate in our mini-challenges.