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Tech Tuesday
December 1: Ereader Support Group 
December 8: Online Christmas: Create Your Own Christmas Cards with Canva.com
December 15: Online Christmas: Online Shopping Tips

All classes meet on Tuesdays in the second floor Computer Lab, 4-5 PM.  Registration is required for E-reader classes only; call 657-8290 to sign up.

Artful Women of Montana: Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld
BiPhoto of Susan Kennedy Sommerfeldllings Public Library and the Zonta Club of Billings bring you Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld, who has been an active member of the Billings’ Arts Community for several years. She considers her role as an advocate for the arts among her most important contributions to the Billings community. She is the owner/artist of Kennedy Stained Glass, a stained glass studio, and has been an actress, singer, director and choreographer in numerous projects with the Billings Symphony, Billings Studio Theatre, and Venture Theatre at Nova Center for the Performing Arts. She currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Committee for the Billings Symphony, the Artistic Committee–Theatre for Nova Center for the Performing Arts, and as the ArtWalk representative to the Billings Cultural Partners.
Tuesday, December 1st, 5:30-6:30 pm in the Community Room

Cinematic Escapes presents "Culinary Delights"
All showings begin at 7:00 PM in the Community Room

Martha.jpgRatatouille December 17Our film series is an eclectic mix of films which all have one thing in common:  Food.   Our cinematic buffet begins with a visit to a struggling Italian restaurant in 1950’s New York and is followed with a sidelong road trip through California Wine Country.  These will be paired with the tale of a modern woman following in Julia Child’s footsteps, and garnished with a couple of scrumptious foreign films along with an animated Pixar classic.  Bon Appetit!

December 3: Mostly Martha (PG, 2001, Comedy, Romance, Drama) Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. Starring Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, and Sergio Castillitto.

December 17: Ratatouille (G, 2007, Animation, Comedy, Family) Directed by Brad Bird. Starring Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, and Patton Oswalt.

Realize Your Goals
AARP created Life Reimagined, a life-enriching workshop to help us realize our goals. Al Ward discusses ways to make your visions into reality. Preregister at 657-8255.
Friday, December 4, 3:30-5:30 pm, Community Room

NaNoWriMo logoNaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) TIGO Party!
NaNoWriMo believes your story matters, and since 1999 has been inspiring writers across the world to complete 50,000 words each in November.  Now that you've completed the challenge, join us at the Thanks Goodness It's Over party to celebrate your achievements.  Saturday, December 5th, from 12:00 - 2:00 PM in the Community Room.

Author Visit: Stella Fong
Historic Restaurats of Billings photo - Historic Restaurants of Billings
Author, writer and lover of food, Stella Fong has just released her first book, Historic Restaurants of Billings. It covers the first cafes that popped up along Montana Avenue to today's most popular restaurants. Stella will share tidbits about your favorite dining spots past and present. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, with all proceeds benefiting the Billings Public Library Foundation.
Tuesday, December 8, 12:00 Noon in the Community Room

Spend Wisely in the Holiday Season
Financial Literacy for all ages! You love to give the gifts, but hate to see the biils? Summer Red from Rural Dynamics discusses wise holiday spending. Free pizza, too!
Tuesdays, December 8, 5:30-6:30 pm, Community Room

Journey to Ithaka book jacket imagethor Visit: Dave Grimland - Journey to Ithaka: Memoirs of American Diplomat
Dave Grimland, author of Journey to Ithaka: Memoirs of an American Diplomat, shares his experiences around the world. Using a poem by 19th Century poet Constantine Cavafy, Dave builds a song of love and laughter, intrigue and violence, all leading to greater understanding and appreciation of the five cultures in which he's lived.
Tuesday, December 8, 7:00 pm in the 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.
No Meetings in December; January meetings will be held on the 13th and the 25th beginning at 6:30.

Northern Cheyenne tribal flagNative American Race Relations & Healing Lecture Series
Following the success of the Native American Race Relations and Healing Symposium in August, the library will sponsor a monthly lecture series addressing Native American issues. The first lecture features former tribal chairman John Robinson from the Northern Cheyenne tribe. Mr.Robinson will talk about Tribal Sovereignty. The event is free to the public.
Thursday, December 10, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Community Room

Tech for Older Adults
These classes are for adults and older adults who already have a basic knowledge of computer and internet use. Space is limited - please call 657-8290 to reserve your spot!
December 11: Facebook
December 21: Open Lab
All programs are held 3:30-5:00 pm in the Computer Lab

Journey to The Force Awakens Celebration
Logo for Star Wars the Force Awakens from wikimedia.comSaturday, December 12, 12:00 PM in the Community Room.  Join us for this special afternoon where we celebrate the Force through reading, cinema, and crafts.
Our launch party begins at 12:00 noon with a special screening of The Empire Strikes Back  for sci-fi action violence.*film is rated PG

While the movie is running, snacks and activities will be available

     -  Build Star Wars character magnets, paint your favorite scene on bookends, and craft a lightsaber
     -  Test your knowledge of Star Wars books and movies by attempting any or all of our trivia challenges.  Prizes will be awarded from random drawings of correct trivia answers.
     -  Test your library know-how with a library-wide scavenger hunt.
     -  Don your best intergalactic garb and get your picture taken in front of our green screen!
     -  Stop by the Teen Tech Lab and help construct a special project or branch off on your own with a myriad of fun technology choices the Lab has to offer.  *must be ages 13 to 17 to hang in the Tech Lab.

We hope you can join us for this special day!  Check our Star Wars Facebook page for updates throughout November and December.  https://www.facebook.com/events/931759260249963/ 

All ages are welcome.  All activities are free.  No registration required to attend.  Costumes are encouraged

Trivia Night! Trivia Night December 15
Assemble your team and join us for an evening of trivia challenges! Test your knowledge of art, history, literature and more!  Call 657-8258 or stop by the second floor help desk to sign up your team (7 people maximum allowed).
December 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, Community Room

A Celebration of Holiday Music
The Big S
Big Sky Chorus group photoky Holiday Chorus presents a selection of the sounds of the season. You will enjoy beautiful harmonies from this a capella choir.
Saturday December 19, 11:00 am, under the skylight on the 1st Floor.

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!  *There will be no meetings in December - see you on January 28th!

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.