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March/April Events

Tech Tuesday Classes for March

March 31: Everything You Read on the Internet is True!? - Internet Hoaxes for April Fool's Day, a special presentation from our computer guru, Lynne.

For April, Tech Tuesday presents BPL Online Resources:  So much more than E-Books!

April 7: Ereader Support  Registration Required for this class only.  Please call 657-8290 to register!
April 14: Auto Repair Reference Center
April 21: Montana Memory Project
April 28: Testing and Education Reference Center

All classes begin at 4:00 PM, second floor Computer Classroom.

Wellness Series Presented by Dr. Ed Madrid

March 21st: Intestinal Disorders  1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Community Room
March 28th: Metabolic Syndrome & Autoimmune Disease 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Community Room

Dr. Ed Madrid has been in clinical practice since 1986. He is certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Functional Medicine and as a Gluten Practitioner. He currently practices in Laurel and Columbus.

DIG:  Meet Yellowstone Valley Poets on April 2nd

April is National Poetry Month, and Patrick Wilson of Sacrifice Cliffs Theatre will help us kick it off by leading a live community conversation with local poets.  Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland along with Dave Caserio, Danell Jones and Cara Chamberlain will join us for an informal discussion of poetry and process, along with accounts of their experiences publishing their works.  7:00 PM, Community Room

Friday Afternoon Cinematic Escapes Continues with "Worldwide Dreams"

April 3rd:  Devdas (2002, NR) 2:00 PM
April 17th:  Biutiful (2010, R) 2:00 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 April 7th, 5:30-6:30 PM, Community Room.

The Creative Writer's Studio

Our initial meeting will take place on April 8th at 7 PM in the second floor Conference Room.  Writers of all levels welcome.  Questions can be directed to

The Importance of Bees

Billings Master Gardener and beekeeper Shari Kisch shares the important role bees play in our food supply, the impact of CCD, and how a bee colony works.  All ages welcome.  April 25th, 11 AM, Community Room.

BPL Knitting Circle

The Knitting Circle meets every fourth Thursday of the month from 1pm - 2:30pm.  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!

Money Smart Week Programming @ Billings Public Library

Billings Public Library is pleased to present financial programming in correlation with Money Smart Week, which occurs April 18th-25th. Working with Rocky Mountain Bank, Western Security Bank, Billings Coupon Clippers, and the Yellowstone County MSU Extension office, we will be offering programs throughout April that focus on many different financial concepts.

Tuesday, April 7th: Debt Prevention and 1st Time Homebuyer's Introduction
Tuesday, April 14th
: Debt Prevention and 1st Time Homebuyer's Introduction

Interested in buying your first home? Want to learn more about debt prevention and money management? Don't know where to begin? We've got you covered. A senior personal banker and a mortgage loan officer with Rocky Mountain Bank will be here to assist you with any questions you may have, as well as walk you through what it takes to purchase your own home. We will be covering all topics at both sessions, so feel free to attend either session for these great resources. Registration is required. Please call 657-8258. 3:30-5:00 PM, Community Room.

Thursday, April 16th: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Learn about eating healthy on a budget with Phyllis R. Hansen, an MSU Extension Agent. Learn tasty tips, sample some healthy foods, and participate in some hands on food preparation (time permitting). Registration is required. Please call Billings Public Library at 657-8258. 12:00-1:00 PM, Community Room

Saturday, April 18th: SAVING, One Coupon at a Time with Billings Coupon ClippersSaving, One Coupon at a Time

Join us for a free one hour class to learn about using coupons in Billings. We will cover how to match coupons and sales, explain how to effectively use the BCC website, and provide a list of coupon apps to use.  We will also discuss sales cycles and how to "stock up" to save until the next sales cycle comes around. Registration is required. Please call Billings Public Library at 657-8258.
2:00-3:00 PM, Community Room.

Wednesday, April 22nd: Financial Foundations

The Western Security Bank Education Center is an interactive online money management program that explains critical financial concepts in a series of eight short online modules. Developed by Western Security Bank, the program is self-paced, flexible to your schedule and even remembers your progress. Come learn more about this amazing website and allow a representative from Western Security Bank to help you navigate your way through the various modules. Registration is required. Please call Billings Public Library at 657-8258.
4:00-5:00 PM, Computer Lab.

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.