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

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

This year's Special Project was the new Pedal Powered Library -- a mobile outreach program designed to increase educational engagement across the Billings community. Event contributions went towards the purchase of books and materials that will be distribute by the Bicycle Library throughout Billings. And help us to put more books in the hands of children and help ignite their passion for reading!

Thanks to everyone who supported our 13th annual Food for Thought! Together we raised over $35,000 for the Billings Public Library Foundation.



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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Topics and Tapas 2018

Our inaugural Topics and Tapas event was well attended and well received! Our sincere Thanks to all who attended the event. We also want to thank our Table Hosts - Matt Blakeslee, Sam Boerboom, Adam Gross, Jeremiah Young, Maggie Zaback and Cori Day for their time and their energizing discussions. We look forward to continuing this event. and would love to hear your feedback.  

 Giving Tuesday

Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.















 Upcoming Events
  Giving Tuesday 2018 - November 27, 2018
Food for Thought 2019 - June 6, 2019