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! 

Next Day of Giving event is Giving Tuesday - scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 2017. This refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanks-giving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

2017 Banned Books Scavenger Hunt

Banned Books

Thanks to all who participated in our inaugural Banned Books Scavenger Hunt! We also want to thank our anonymous donor who helped underwrite the cost of the books and the concert tickets and those business who kindly allowed us to place books in their locations - Sweet Café, City Vineyard, Trailhead Spirits, Thirsty Street Brewing, MoAV Coffee House and Art House Cinema and Pub! Thank you SO much!