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July and August Events

Summer Reading Block PartySummer Reading Block Party returns!

Summer Reading, one of the best times of the year for the Billings Public Library, is ending July 25th, and we're throwing a party to celebrate our patrons achievements this year! We will have balloon animals, face-painting with the Superheroes of Montana, photo ops, food, crafts and science activities including demonstrations of the TECH Lab's 3D printer AND a vehicle petting zoo featuring pop culture cars from Gabriel's Toys alongside vehicles from Billings' Police and Fire Departments. Music will be provided by Detective, and the Society for Creative Anachronism will be on hand for fighting demos and a costume booth.  Follow this event on Facebook for more details and updates.

 Saturday, August 1st, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

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

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: 

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.

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.
August 12th at 7:00 PM, the group leader is JC. 
August 17th 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!

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.

Kidney Disease Education
Reach Kidney Care, in collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation, will be giving two hour long presentations on kidney disease education and support entitled "Your Kidneys and You."  The presentations will be on Tuesday, August 11th and Saturday, August 15th from 2-3pm in the Community Room.  Check out the Events Calendar

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.