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


An evening of interesting and thought provoking conversation, great company and delicious dinner catered by Thomas Nelson catering!! 

Save the Date for 2018 Food for Thought - Thursday, June 7th from 6-9PM at the Billings Public Library! Table Hosts and Topics will be unveiled by May 8th.

Thanks again to our generous 2017 sponsors for your support of the Billings Library Foundation and Food for Thought! 

2018 Royal Johnson Forum Series - Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour

What an exciting and interesting visit we had with Ms Woodruff on April 23rd! She was interesting, informative and so exciting. AND she can proudly claim that she was in Billings, MT when we broke the total snowfall level!
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 And coming up next? Yellowstone Valley Gives!! Please join us and help ignite the passion for reading in our community!!