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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

Save the Date for 2017 Food for Thought!

The popular fundraiser, Food for Thought, is sponsored by the Billings Public Library Foundation and will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Table hosts and their topics will be posted on our website the first week of May 2017.

For more information call Leslie at 237-6149

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GivingTuesday 2016


GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Your online donations made on GivingTuesday - November 29th - will help the Billings Public Library Foundation and our First Chapter Society campaign put books into the hands of children in our community. Books that will help ignite the passion for reading. As an added incentive, a very generous donor from the community has agreed to match the first $500 in donations that we receive.  

Your donation can help us Change a Life ... One Book at a Time!