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 2019 An Evening of  Great Conversation

This popular event represents all that is important about our library -- exchange of free thought, gathering of community and access to knowledge. Our 14th annual Food for Thought is scheduled for Thursday, June 6th at our award-winning Billings Public Library.

This year's Special Project will be the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program which will be starting later this year. 

Our sincere Thanks to everyone who supported Food for Thought 2018! Together we raised over $35,000 for the Billings Public Library Foundation. We look forward to seeing all of you again at this year's event.

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2018 Royal Johnson Forum Series - Judy Woodruff

What an exciting, interesting and informative visit we had with Ms Woodruff! 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.  



Our sincere thanks to Yellowstone Valley Electric Coop and Operation Round Up! We were recently awarded funding for the Billings Public Library Bookmobile and the purchase of large print books for seniors, children's books and DVDs for families. We will also be able to purchase something new - VOX, which are children's books that talk.

Thank you for your support and generous donation, YVEC!! 
















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