We want to see your photographs of Billings from the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!
From March 1st – May 1st, participants may submit up to 10 photos depicting the Billings area during our recent history. Submissions will be displayed during a special Friday Night Fun event on May 12th, and may be submitted to the newly renovated Montana History Portal.
Defending the Fourth Estate: Reviving Local Journalism and Why It Matters
March 14th, 12:00 pm,
in the Community Room
The Billings League of Women Voters is joining with Montana Free press for a conversation about the state of journalism today, with a special lens on reporting in Montana, led by guest speakers Alexis Bonogofsky and Claire Overholt. This program is free and open to the public.
Friends of the Library Host a Collectible Book Sale
March 11th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, in the Book Nook.
Collectibles and treasures await all book lovers! Stop in at take a look.
Lectures and Special Events
Author Talk: Blood Money by Kathleen McLaughlin
March 9th (7:00 pm, Community Room) McLaughlin’s book is a haunting investigation into the underground for-profit medical industry, uncovering the exploitation of America’s most vulnerable. Join us for this revealing discussion, sponsored by The Writer’s Voice.
March 9th (6:00 pm, Teen Corner or online) The authors will discuss how their children’s graphic novel came to be and read a selection. Thunderous is grounded in contemporary Indigenous experiences while also centering traditional Lakota ways. To participate online, register here.
Seeds: Starts and Swaps
March 11th (10:00 am, Community Room) The Billings Community Seed Library will host a workshop on starting seeds like tomatoes, peppers, and native species. The presentation will include a seed swap and kids’ activities!
Social Awareness Series: Human Trafficking
March 27th (3:00 pm, Community Room) This series aims to embrace differences, empower and inform patrons, and enrich our community by providing opportunity for thoughtful and engaging dialog. This month, our series continues with talks on how human trafficking affects our state and local communities. This event will be presented by a member of the FBI and the DOJ.
Library Groups & Classes
United Federation of Trekkies
March 1st (5:00 pm, Community Room) A group of Star Trek fans get together, watch an episode, and discuss! This months episode is "Darmok" from Star Trek: The Next Generation season 5, episode 2. Trivia and behind-the-scenes stories, as well as the themes of the episode and Star Trek in general. Costumes encouraged.
Qigong & Tai Chi Open Practice
Thursdays in March (5:30 pm, Community Room) Qigong and Tai Chi are very similar "internal arts" that confer a raft of health benefits. Join us for weekly sessions; instructors will be present.
D&D for Grownups
Saturdays in March (1:00 pm, Large Conference Room) We are hosting Game Master Shane Noble and his Pathfinder campaign, every Saturday in the Large Conference Room. If you are a gaming newbie, don’t worry. We can walk you through getting started, and even loan you some dice.
Please Note: Our sessions are currently full, but we will make new registration available whenever we have openings.
Conversations in Spanish
Thursdays in March (3:30, Large Conference Room) Ven a la bibliotecha. Come practice speaking out loud! This is an opportunity to use your skills with someone who has also been learning the language. Any level is welcome. Your presenter is not fluent but is continually working to become so. We’d love to see you there!
BPL Film Society
March 21st & 25th We are a “watch first —meet later” group, and if you love cinema and lively discussion, this may be the group for you!
March’s film is The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson (2014, R) You can watch on your own, or join our screening; the discussion group will meet at the end of each month to replay some pivotal scenes from the film, followed by a discussion and analysis. Here’s a link for more information and registration.
March 21st (5:00 pm, Community Room) SCREENING
March 25th (3:00 pm, Yellowstone Board Room): DISCUSSION
Senior & Adult Art Group
March 27th (9:30, Community Room) Join Bonny Beth Luhman from Stickman Studios for a class in observation drawing. The class is free and supplies are provided.
March 28th (10:30 am, Community Room) This group meets once per month, providing an opportunity for Adults experiencing memory loss and their caregivers to socialize and enjoy an activity.
For more information or to register, please call Suzanne at (406) 259-3111
Friday Night Fun
Join us for weekly programs throughout the school year. There’s sure to be something for everyone in your family! All programs take place in the Community Room unless otherwise noted.
March 3rd: Irish Craft Night (6:00 pm) Learn how to make a St. Brigid’s Cross, or craft a Shamrock wreath. We’ll have Irish treats, too!
March 10th: Card Game Tournament: WAR (6:00 pm). Join us for a bracket style WAR tournament and strive for victory! Prizes will be awarded.
March 17th: An Evening of Traditional Irish Music (5:30 pm) Soothing Irish refrains, under the Oculus.
March 31st: Women’s History Month Movie Night: Moana (5:30 pm) Celebrate one of Disney’s strongest female leads with Moana (2016, PG), and enjoy a fun craft, too!
The Great Billings Book Hunt 2023
Our popular, year-long, online reading challenge continues! Sign up, log your reading, participate in challenges, and maybe earn a prize.
In March, we’re Celebrating Women’s History Month! For this challenge, we would like you to read a book with a strong female lead, either fictional or historical. On the fiction side, consider family dramas like Min Jin Lee’s "Pachinko", "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones, or even a thriller like "Where the Forest Meets the Stars" by Glendy Vanderah. In Non-Fiction, start with biographies of women you admire or histories in a range of topics by authors like Stacy Schiff, Kate Moore, or Sonia Purcell.
This challenge will be open from March 1st – 31st, and badges earned will be eligible for a monthly gift card drawing.
One Book Billings‘ discussions are taking place the week of March 6th – 9th for John N Maclean’s memoir, Home Waters. On Saturday, March 11th, the author will discuss his work at 1:00 pm in the Community Room. This talk is open to all.
Turning Page Book Group is reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng for our discussion on March22nd at 6:30pm in the Yellowstone Board Room. *
Litcentric Book Group will discuss Walking Home: Common Sense and Other Misadventures on the Pacific Crest Trail by Rick Rogers on March 28th, at 6:45pm in the Yellowstone Board Room and via Zoom. *
*Unless noted otherwise, book club kit copies of each of our group’s titles are available to check out at the 2nd floor Help Desk on a first come, first served basis.
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