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! 

Thank You! Billings Library Volunteers and Donors Rock!

Every day over 1,300 people enjoy the Billings Public Library, benefiting from the numerous resources the library provides. From parents bringing in children for a reading program, to a person in search of a job utilizing the computer lab to apply online, our community is able to visit the library for a variety of reasons, thanks to the financial investment of both the public and the private sectors.

Children, teens, families and seniors all enjoy the beauty and wonder of the library. From the moment visitors enter the building, they are greeted by a bright and light space, full of color. As they relax with a book, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy the view, it’s easy to see why so many people make visiting the library part of their daily routine. Community gatherings, book clubs and panel discussions are filling the comfortable and spacious meeting rooms. With easy parking, outdoor gardens and sidewalks, even more people are enjoying their library. With state-of-the-art technology available to use as well as a diverse genre of books in all different formats, the library continues to bring people together to tackle projects and learn more to improve their lives. The library is a place that not only feeds the mind, it also feeds the soul.

The library is not only a melting pot of cultural and learning opportunities, it’s a testament to the power of collaboration. Thank you to all our volunteers for their time, to our donors for their financial support, and to our amazing community for your belief in our library. We are a great city for many reasons, and our library is one of them — all thanks to you!

With sincere gratitude, 

Leslie Modrow for the Billings Library Foundation Board
















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!