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One Book Billings & The Big Read
One Book BillingsOne Book Billings
One Book Billings is a book reading and discussion program. Groups throughout the community will read the same book and participate in facilitated discussions about that title. The Friends of the Library sponsor this series by purchasing the reading copies.

The Secret Life of CowboysDuring April, we feature the book "The Secret Life of Cowboys" by Tom Groneberg.  This is Groneberg's non-fiction account of his love affair with the American West.  In this coming-of-age memoir, Groneberg leaves Chicago, friends, and family for a resort town in the Colorado Rockies. He works as a wrangler leading tourists on horseback. Later, Groneberg moves to Montana, where he works at several ranches before buying one of his own. This serious autobiographical book is a revealing look at America’s last frontier. 

Discussions will take place the first week of May.  Call or come up to the library to reserve your copy now and sign up for one of the six discussions:
  • Monday, May 5 at 5:30 pm with Terra Beth Jochems - Library 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Monday, May 5 at 7 pm with Bernie Quetchenbach - Library 1st Floor Popular Materials
  • Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm with Bernard Rose - Rocky Mountain College Student Union Building
  • Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm with Kris Keup - Library 1st Floor Popular Materials
  • Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm with Corby Skinner - Billings Family YMCA
  • Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm with Jennifer Quinn - Huntington Learning Center

In January 2014, six book discussions took place in the newly-opened library about the acclaimed novel FOBBIT, by David Abrams.   The Library welcomed Mr. Abrams for a special talk "How to Tell a War Story," a Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program. The free presentation was hosted by the YMCA Writer's Voice.

Get more information on other One Book Billings titles.

The Big Read

The Big ReadThe Writer's Voice of the Billings YMCA and Billings Public Library have received funding several times for The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. It includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature and an extensive Web site providing comprehensive information on authors and their works.

The most recent book for The Big Read is True Grit by Charles Portis.

Six book discussions took place in various places in Billings.  Participants received 
a free copy of the book.
True Grit Book DiscussionsTrue Grit by Charles Portis
  • Monday, March 3, 5 pm - Castlerock Middle School Library - Discussion Leader: Terra Beth Jochems
  • Monday, March 3, 7 pm - Billings Public Library, 1st Floor Popular Materials Room - Discussion Leader: Bernie Quetchenbach
  • Tuesday, March 4, 7 pm - Rocky Mountain College Library - Discussion Leader: Bernard Rose
  • Wednesday, March 5, 7 pm - Billings Family YMCA - Discussion Leader: Corby Skinner       
  • Wednesday, March 5, 7 pm - Billings Public Library, 2nd Floor St Vincent's Conference Room - Discussion Leader: Kris Keup         
  • Thursday, March 6, 7 pm - Huntington Learning Center, Discussion Leader: Jennifer Quinn 
Don't miss the Big Read Film Series, featuring John Wayne films and including discussions every Saturday in March from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Community Room.

Review a list of The Big Read titles.