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April/May Events

Tech Tuesdays

April is Financial Literacy Month!  Each Tech Tuesday class will show you resources and tips to increase your financial health:
April 26th:  Online Financial Tools (Find websites and online tools to help you organize your finances.)
May 3rd:  E-Reader Support (Learn how to use our digital e-books and audiobooks with your device.)

Classes are from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in the Computer Lab.
*Registration is required.  Please call 657-8290 to register.  

OnBalsamroot by Mary Clearman Blewe Book Billings
Sign up for May's One Book Billings book discussions.  Mary Clearman Blew's Balsamroot is a wonderful memoir based on her aunt's diaries, recounting a homesteader child's growth to adulthood in central Montana, with tough choices about leaving and staying. Sign up for one of the discussions at the 2nd floor Help Desk or call 657-8290. Discussions will take place May 2-6, and Mary Clearman Blew will appear at the Library via Skype on Saturday, May 8th at 1:00 pm in the Community Room.

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! Thursday, April 28th at 1:00 PM.

Poetry Reading and Workshop with Katie Rose
Local poet Katie Rose will join us on Saturday, April 23rd at 1:00 PM for a special poetry reading in honor of National Poetry Month.  Rose has recently published her first book of poems, The Power of My Words, and will also be giving a workshop presentation with her reading, and will be available to sign books after the event.

Gardening Series: Plight of the Monarch ButterflyMonarch Butterfly.jpg
Joyce Hendricks, Master Gardener and member of the Thumb R Green Garden Club, will discuss what has been happening to the beautiful monarch butterfly, why they are important to all of us, and how each of us can play a part in increasing their habitat. 
Wednesday, April 27th, Community Room, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Money Smart Week 2016Money Smart Week
April 23-30th is Money Smart Week. It’s a great time to take stock of your assets and learn some tips to keep your finances in great shape. We have a number of programs this week that can help you take charge of your money. All programs are free. Call 657-8290 for more information.

  • Who Wants to be a Credit Millionaire? Jackie Rumph, the  Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Yellowstone County presents an interactive program on credit topics for both teens and adults, so bring a younger or older buddy – or just yourself – to the Library on Monday, April 25th, 5:30 pm, 2nd Floor Computer Classroom.
  • Family Budgeting Tips  Jackie Rumph, the  Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Yellowstone County will talk about strategies for stretching your dollars on Wednesday, April 27th at 12 Noon, Community Room
  • Savings, Debt, & Long-term Financial Planning Andrew Raduly, an Andrews University doctoral student, will talk about savings, reducing debts, & long-term financial planning and the importance of emergency funds. Wednesday, April 27th, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Community Room
  • Financial Planning Tips and Strategies Andrew Raduly, an Andrews University doctoral student, will talk about ideas you can use to keep your finances in order. Thursday, April 28th5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room 

56 Counties by Russell RowlandAuthor Visit: Russell Rowland
Russell Rowland's new book is Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. To really get to know the state, Rowland traveled to every corner and every county. Rowland spent the better part of two years studying and traveling around his beloved home state, from the mines of Butte to the pine forests of the Northwest, from the stark, wind-scrubbed badlands of the East to the tourist-driven economies of the mountain West. Along the way, he considered our state’s essential character, where we came from and, most of all, what we might be in the process of becoming. Join us as he talks about lessons learned along the way on Wednesday, May 11th, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room. Books will be available for purchase.

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. 

Meet our group leaders and fellow writers, and learn more about the Writers' Studio at this informal and fun event.  Saturday, April 23rd, at 2:30 PM in the Conference Room.

LitCentric Book Discussion Group meets every last Tuesday of every month between January and October at 7:00 PM in the second floor Large Conference Room.  We use a combination of self-purchased copies and library book club kits.  We're currently reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel for discussion on April 26.  Call 657-8290 or email to sign up.

May the 4th Be With You!  Celebrate the Force on Wednesday, May 4th with a special showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 4:00 PM in the second floor Large Conference Room.  Snacks and special Star Wars coloring pages (we hope you like coloring in the dark) will be provided.

The Tangle Group Coloring Party
Join our Tangle Group, Thursday May 5th at 7pm and Wednesday May 18th at 1pm, in the Community Room, for our next Zentangle and coloring party.  Stop by, relax, learn to doodle some basic patterns, and spend some quality time coloring! Attendees are welcome to bring their own pen, paper, colored pencils, and coloring book, but supplies will be provided. No sign-up necessary.

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.