2020 was a year with more plot turns and cliffhangers than a David Baldacci novel

Every Great Library Needs a Solid Foundation

Wow!  2020 was a year with more plot turns and cliffhangers than a David Baldacci novel. More people than ever were falling through the cracks and looking for connections.

As scary as the year was, there were many heartwarming parts too.  Witnessing the care, concern and the amazing generosity of our community truly has been inspirational. You stepped up and made a difference to so many people by giving to the Billings Public Library Foundation. 

Because of the Library building being closed, access to computers and technology was also closed.  The calls from the public asking about computer use and access for printing was overwhelming.  We recognized this need and understood that something needed to be done to provide these critical services.

The Library Foundation decided to use funds collected on #Giving Tuesday for the purchase of mobile hotspots.  For those of you not aware of this national day of giving, it was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity in their local communities. Here is the Billings Gazette story about the Library Foundation's Giving Tuesday project Click here for article

Mobile hotspots, which provide internet access, have become increasingly popular over the last couple years.  It’s a simple and easy solution for many people who can’t or aren’t able to have internet services.  These hotspots can be checked out, just like a book, from the library and offers unlimited internet connection for up to two weeks at a time. 

Thankfully, we were very successful and thanks to generous Library Foundation supporters, the Foundation has purchased 20 additional hotspots for the Library’s collection. 

Additionally, we had a donor step forward and challenged his book club to add to his donation for the purchase of 10 Chrome Books.  Because of these book lovers, the Library will be rolling up a mobile computer lab to spots around Billings and Yellowstone County.  People who have limited or no computer access will now be able to communicate with love ones, apply for jobs, or file their taxes.

Check out this follow up story from the Billings Gazette about the Library Foundation’s success in meeting not only our goal but of meeting the needs of our community. Click here for article

Your support to the Billings Public Library Foundation is not limited to one project.  Your funds also make it possible so that the Library can provide more resources to all of its users, including, more books for children and adults, materials for One Book Billings discussion groups, Literacy activity kits for young children and so much more.

We encourage you to follow our progress through this blog or through our social media posts and join us as we ensure that our Library remains the cornerstone of our wonderful community. You know that it takes a solid Foundation to make a great Library. We couldn’t be more proud or grateful of all you do for our Library and our community.   

Leslie Modrow