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

Please join us Thursday, September 27 at the Billings Public Library for the first Topics and Tapas event. From 6P to 8P in the Royal Johnson Community Room/Garden, literary-minded young professionals are invited to sip wine or beer, sample assorted tapas from local restaurants and participate in conversations focused on culture, current events and politics.

Based on the Library Foundation’s popular event, Food for Thought, Topics and Tapas is geared toward a younger genera-tion, offering a less formal but still intellectually engaging opportunity to discuss "hot topics" and exchange ideas. Topics and Tapas will feature five table hosts - providing guests the ability to participate in several conversations. Participants are encouraged to "speak their mind" with a free-flowing agenda of discourse and discussion. Tickets are $35 dollars in advance or $40 at the door. Seating is limited, so register today by clicking here 

 Upcoming Events
Library Card Sign Up Month - September  
  Banned Books Week - Sept 23rd-29th, 2018
BBW Scavenger Hunt - Sept 23rd-29th, 2018
Tapas and Topics - September 27, 2018
Giving Tuesday 2018 - November 27, 2018
Food for Thought 2019 - June 6, 2019