First Chapter Society

How early should you start reading to your child?

As surprising as this sounds, you should start reading to your child the first day you bring your baby home from the hospital! Children who are read to hear 30 million words by the time they start kindergarten enjoy greater success in school and in life. Unfortunately, too many children are losing the chance for the critical brain development.

The BPL Foundation's new First Chapter Society draws awareness to the importance of reading to children. By donating to this project, you will help put books in the hands of children and support reading programs for young parents. Help us raise vital funds for early childhood literacy by pledging your support today. Help open the first chapter to the love and importance of reading!

FCS Events


Food for Thought 2018

WHEN: Thursday, June 7th from 6-9PM

WHERE: Billings Public Library


Food for Thought - An Evening of  Great Conversation represents all that is important about our library -- exchange of free thought, gathering of community and access to knowledge.

This year's Special Project is a Pedal Power-ed Library. A mobile outreach program designed to increase educational engagement across the Billings community. A librarian on a bike rides to pre-arranged sites for story time, STEAM activities and to gift books. WiFi will be available for people to renew books.

Your contribution will go towards the pur-chase of books and materials that will be distributed throughout Billings. Please help us put more books in children's hands and ignite the passion for reading!

For a complete list of this year's Table Hosts and their topics, please click here. Tickets always go quickly so call to reserve your seat at this year's exciting event.

2018 Yellowstone Valley Gives

To those of you who donated to the Billings Library Foundation during the 2018 Yellowstone Valley Gives campaign ...


Your generous donations will help us put books in the hands of children in our community.

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2018 Royal Johnson Forum Series - Judy Woodruff

What an exciting, interesting and informative visit we had with Ms Woodruff on April 23rd! Thank you to all who attended the Royal Johnson Forum events. The response has been so positive!

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 Upcoming Events
 Bicycle Library - June 2018
Food for Thought - June 7th, 2018
 Banned Books Week - Sept 23-29th, 2018
Tapas and Topics - September 2018