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Escape the Ordinary logoEscape The Ordinary! 

Summer Reading for all ages begins on June 8th, but you can sign up for Early Registration and start logging your books now!  We have a great schedule of programs, puzzles, movies and summer book clubs that celebrate this year's theme as well. 
Find the full schedule and sign up here.

Special "Escape the Ordinary" Tuesday Presentations  Join us for these exciting, extraordinary presentations on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM in the Community Room:

June 23: Martial Arts Academy Self-Defense demonstration
June 30: Billings Police Department K-9 Unit with Officer Firebaugh and Kooko
July 7: Artful Women of Montana
July 14: Big Sky Fencing Association Olympic Style fencing demonstration
July 21: Go Wild with Worbla Workshop *registration required

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

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 Cinematic Escapes:  "Heroes and Villains."  Stories and movies both need great heroes and great villains, so our next Friday afternoon matinee series features some of the best of each!  We chose our films from the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest list, and we hope you can join us for some of these great Escapes: 

July 17th:  The Wizard of Oz (1939, NR)
August 7th:  Psycho (1960, R)
August 21st:  Alien (1979, R)

All film showings will begin Friday afternoons at 3:00 PM in the Community Room.
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, when we welcome Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland.

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.
June 10th at 7:00 PM, the group leader is JC. 
June 15th 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!

Panel Discussion

Join us as author Jim Mueller gives a presentation on his book Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn, which will be followed by a panel discussion on Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn featuring local author/historian Tim Lehman. The panel will be taking questions from the audience, so if you have any questions or want to learn more about this historic event be sure to stop by!

Learn more about this event

July Events

Author Visit
Western author J.D. March will visit Billings Public Library on July 7th from 2-4pm in the Community Room.  March will be giving a presentation on her book, Dance With the Devil, and talk about her experiences and her writing. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Learn more about this event.

3D Printing Exhibition
Stop by the Community Room from 3-5pm on Wednesday, July 22nd to take a look at the library's 3D printers!  The printers will be on display, 3d objects will be printed, and their will be a brief tutorial on how to design and create your own 3D images.  See you there!  Learn more about this event.

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.