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May and June Events

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.

Tech Tuesday Summer classes are here!
All classes begin at 4:00 PM, second floor Computer Lab.

May 19: Word Basics 2.0
June 2:  Ereader Support  *registration required
June 9:  Basic Computer Troubleshooting
June 16:  What's a Sound Card, Anyway?
June 23:  Maintaining Your Computer's Hard Drive
June 30:  Open Lab
July 7:  Ereader Support  *registration Required
July 14:  Beginning Computers
July 21:  Basic Internet
July 28:  Open Lab
Summer Reading Book Discussion Groups!   As part of our Adult Summer Reading Program, we're excited to bring you these two discussion groups with titles chosen specifically by your librarians to tie in with the theme "Escape the Ordinary".  Sign up at the Second Floor Help Desk.

Tuesday, July 21, 7 PM, Large Conference Room - The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Wednesday, July 22, 7 PM, Large Conference Room - The Constant Gardener: A Novel by John le Carre

Join us on Saturday, July 25 in the Community Room for special showings of the movies based on these books! 

The Monuments Men
(2014, PG-13, 118 min.)  Directed by George Clooney and starring Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Hugh Bonneville.  Screening begins at 11:30 AM.

The Constant Gardener (2005, R, 129 min.)  Directed by Fernando Mereilles and starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.  Nominated for four Academy Awards and Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress.  Screening begins at 2:30 PM.

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 June 2nd, 5:30-6:30 PM, 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.
May 13th at 7:00 PM, the group leader is JC. 
May 18th at 7:00 PM, the group leader is Jon.

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!

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.