Invite a Dialogue Inspire a Community

Libraries provide access to information as well as offer the opportunity to IMAGINE the possibilities and inspire a change. 

       Royal Johnson - the man who inspired us! Royal Johnson (5/2/1925 - 11/19/2018) was a community force in Billings since he moved here

from Butte over 50 years ago. He dedicated his life to making our city and our state a better place to live - raising a family, starting a business

and enjoying our Rocky Mountain culture.


"The Library Foundation has been fortunate to have early and consistent financial guidance from one of the

Deans of Montana Finance - Royal Johnson"    - Gary Buchanan  


                 "We commend Royal Johnson's community spirit and generous contributions of time, energy and money  to our city, county and state ...

a longtime champion of good government, higher education and community betterment."  - Billings Gazette Editorial Board


2019 Royal Johnson Forum -
Russia: Beyond the Riddle Inside the Enigma


 2021-2022 Royal Johnson Forum theme and date TBA


Would you like to offer your support by donating or sponsoring future Forums?

Please consider joining us and the Royal Johnson Forum to provide the underwriting necessary to bring nationally known leaders to discuss critical and timely issues. With your support, we will provide the cornerstone needed to gather our community, share information, offer a broad spectrum  of opinions, discuss questions and ultimately provide a spark to inspire, engage and create positive change. The Forum will offer the opportunity to learn more fully about complicated issues and to promote understanding. We learn why there isn't always an easy answer.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your gift will provide the leverage necessary to continue this vital forum. Help us carry on the legacy that Royal Johnson believed was critical for a community to thrive, to access information and the occasion to question. We invite you to inspire a community! Help us engage national leaders to expand thoughtful dialogue within our community.

Make Your Gift Today! To make on online gift, click on the Donate button. Or mail  your donation to Billings Public Library Foundation at 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT  59101. For questions or further information, call 406-237-6149. With your help, we will continue this legacy.


                                               Previous Royal Johnson Forum Speakers - 
           Retired WY Senator Alan Simpson and PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff