Information & Resources For Adults

March/April Events

Tech Tuesdays

April is Financial Literacy Month!  Each Tech Tuesday class will show you resources and tips to increase your financial health:
April 5th:  E-Reader Support (Learn how to use our digital e-books and audiobooks with your device.)
April 12th:  Online Safety (Get sound advice on keeping your information safe online-and shopping tips as well!)
April 19th:  Value Line (The Library offers this great database to its patrons.  Discover how to use it to track your investments from home.)
April 26th:  Online Financial Tools (Find websites and online tools to help you organize your finances.)

Classes are from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the Computer Lab.
*Registration is required.  Please call 657-8290 to register.  

OnBalsamroot by Mary Clearman Blewe Book Billings
Sign up for May's One Book Billings book discussions beginning April 3rd.  Mary Clearman Blew's Balsamroot is a wonderful memoir based on her aunt's diaries, recounting a homesteader child's growth to adulthood in central Montana, with tough choices about leaving and staying. Sign up for one of the discussions at the 2nd floor Help Desk or call 657-8290. Discussions will take place May 2-6, and Mary Clearman Blew will appear at the Library via Skype on Saturday, May 8th at 1:00 pm in the Community Room.

Pulitzer Prizewinning Poets

April's National Poetry Month is too big to be contained to a single month, so we’re starting in March! In conjunction with The Writer’s Voice, Billings Public Library and Humanities Montana will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize by showcasing prizewinning poets. Join us at the Library for the following programs.

  • April 6: Poet Cara Chamberlain will play a filmed interview with Pulitzer-winning poet Maxine Kumin and lead a discussion. 7 pm, Community Room.
  • April 20: Poet Lowell Jaeger presents The Art of Meaningful Conversation, “Good Fences, Good Neighbors”.  Using Robert Frost’s poem “The Mending Wall,” Jaeger will facilitate an engaging conversation with audience members about topics important to their lives. 7 pm, Community Room.

The Tangle Group Coloring Party
Join our Tangle Group, Thursday on April 7th at 7:00 PM and Wednesday April 13th at 1:00 PM, 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.


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, April 28th at 1:00 PM.

Native American Race Relations Series
On Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. The topic is educational issues facing tribal members. This discussion will feature Glenda McCarthy, who developed award-winning mentoring programs in her native Australia for Aboriginal students and fought to build inclusion for all cultures in her schools and curriculum.  She has continued this work since moving to Montana, and in 2012, she was selected as one of Billings School’s Golden Apple recipients. Additional speakers include Dr. Reno Charette, the Director of Montana State University Billings’ Office of American Indian Outreach and Diversity Center, who also teaches Native American Studies, and  Carolyn Rusche, who teaches kindergarten at Sandstone Elementary and also coordinates the Soaring Eagle Dance Group, which performs Native Dance in schools around the area.  The program will be held in the Community Room at 7 pm.

Poetry Reading and Workshop with Katie Rose
Local poet Katie Rose will join us on Saturday, April 23rd at 1:00 PM for a special poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month.  Rose has recently published her first book of poems, The Power of My Words, and will also be giving a workshop presentation with her reading, and will be available to sign books after the event. 



Money Smart Week 2016Money Smart Week
April 23-30th is Money Smart Week. It’s a great time to take stock of your assets and learn some tips to keep your finances in great shape. We have a number of programs this week that can help you take charge of your money. All programs are free, and will be held in the Community Room. Call 657-8290 for more information.

  • Who Wants to be a Credit Millionaire? Jackie Rumph, the  Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Yellowstone County presents an interactive program on credit topics for both teens and adults, so bring a younger or older buddy – or just yourself – to the Library on Monday, April 25th, 5:30 pm
  • Family Budgeting Tips  Jackie Rumph, the  Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Yellowstone County will talk about strategies for stretching your dollars on Wednesday, April 27th at 12 Noon,
  • Savings, Debt, & Long-term Financial Planning Andrew Raduly, an Andrews University doctoral student, will talk about savings, reducing debts, & long-term financial planning and the importance of emergency funds. Wednesday, April 27th, 5:00 pm
  • Financial Planning Tips and Strategies Andrew Raduly, an Andrews University doctoral student, will talk about ideas you can use to keep your finances in order. Thursday, April 28th at 5:00 pm,

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 creativewritersstudio@gmail.com for availability. 

MEET AND GREET! 
Meet our group leaders and fellow writers, and learn more about the Writers' Studio at this informal and fun event.  Saturday, April 23rd, at 2:30 PM in the Conference 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.