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 - An Evening of Great Conversation


Another amazing event!! Delicious dinner catered by Thomas Nelson Catering and such a fun variety of interesting and thought provoking table discussions.

Save the Date for 2018 Food for Thought - Thursday, June 7th from 6-9PM at the Billings Public Library!

Read More about our 2017 Food for Thought Sponsors and Table Hosts and enjoy our pictures!

Thanks again to our generous sponsors for your support of the Billings Library Foundation and Food for Thought! 

2017 Banned Books Week Scavenger Hunt

Banned Books

Join in the fun by participating in our first Banned Books Week Scavenger Hunt - September 25th -30th. Find daily clues for locations where copies of banned books can be found. Take a picture of yourself WITH the book and AT the location and post the picture on our FB page -  Those individuals posting pictures of all five books will be entered into a drawing for a variety of fun prizes -- including VIP seats to the Foo Fighters concert in December at MetraPark.

Next Day of Giving event is Giving Tuesday - scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 2017. 

This refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.