Welcome to BPL's Great Billings Book Hunt 2022! Here's your reading mission for the 1st month.
In January, we are asking, "Who Are You?" Read a book by an author who shares your cultural heritage, or a book about your ancestors' heritage, history, or set in your ancestral culture. Badges earned for this challenge will be entered for our Quarter 1 drawing.
This challenge will be open from January 10th - 31st.
Take part in the Mission Challenge. When you complete each Activity you will receive 20 points. You do not have to finish all Activities in the Mission, but if you complete all 10 Activities you will receive a badge for finishing the whole Mission and receive an extra 100 points!
Small gestures make the most difference on a daily basis. It's easy to get so preoccupied with our own lives that we forget about others, but with just one simple act of kindness, we can change the way someone else's day goes, and we can better ourselves and the world in the process. This challenge is designed for you to take the time to do something for someone else — and hopefully they will pay it forward to the next person!
Become pen pals with one of Montana's Poet Laureates! Each Monday during Summer Reading a new poem will be posted to the Billings Public Library's Teen Page. Write your own poetry as a response and mail it to Melissa.
She will respond to every letter sent to her!
Pick up fun stationary, envelopes, and stamps from the library if needed. Upload a photo of your letter before you mail it to earn points.
Can you get a Summer Reading BINGO? Complete five activities from the Bingo card in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Yes, the FREE space counts! Then log the titles you read to register your BINGO.
Once you complete your BINGO, you will be eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the summer reading program.
Enjoy all those tales (and tails) this summer!
Download your Tales and Tails BINGO card
Sometimes the shortest stories are the best! Tell us a story in 6 words, and be entered into a contest to win lunch on us. Enter your stories through the Billings Public Library Facebook Messenger or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org between June 7th and June 13th.
The contest will be judged by voters on Billings Public Library's social media, with the winner being the one who gets the most "likes". We will announce the winner the week of June 21st. You'll also receive a code from us when you enter, so don't forget to come back to your Summer Reading page to earn your points and 6 Word Stories badge!
You love to share your pet photos and we love to see them, that’s why we are giving you another chance to share. We’re doing a special Tails & Tales pet photo contest for Summer Reading! To join you will need to register for our Summer Reading program, send us a photo of your pet and a story you would like to share about them (only a couple of sentences needed). Photos and stories can be sent through Facebook Messenger or to email@example.com. Submit your photo the week of June 21st through the 27th; winners will be announced the week of July 5th.
Photos will be shared on our social media and the 3 most liked will win prizes! We'll give you a code just for sending us your photo, too, so don't forget to come back to your Summer Reading page to earn points and the Pet Tales badge.
This class will be an exploration of visual storytelling techniques and elements inspired by the timeless story, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After reading the book, we will meet on June 14th, 11am-1pm at Crooked Line Studio for a discussion and art activity. We will begin by discussing the themes, symbols, and ideas within this beloved story, as well as the technical ways in which the author communicates some (perhaps troubling) issues with adulthood and society at large. We will learn about satire and illustration techniques. After the discussion, we will dive into making our own collages! We will explore the relationships between ideas, words, and images, and each participant will put together their own unique story.
Registration is required in order to receive a copy of the book and to attend the art class. Only one registration is needed for both. Books supplies are limited and will become available for pickup from the library starting June 1. A free PDF ebook is also available to view on the Teen Page.
Art Class Instructor: Damin Johnson is a Billings artist known for his participation in local arts events and partnering with various groups, including Billings Public Library, MSUB’s Art Department, and the art collective Altitude: 3123.
Discover how reading changes the world by doing these activities! Earn 50 points for each activity completed. Complete ALL activities in this mission and earn 500 extra points!
Hang out in the TECH Lab and try out some S.T.E.A.M. activities! Earn 50 points for each activity completed. Complete ALL activities in this mission and earn 500 extra points!
The Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help give books to kids! Each day starts with unloading and setting up the tables with books and sanitation. Volunteers must attend a brief training and should be prepared to volunteer for about an hour each day, for at least 4 days throughout the program.
Volunteer with Reading Rocks and Earn Points for Summer Reading by being a storyteller or assist in distributing books.
Required Training: Tuesday June 8th OR Wednesday June 9th @ Lincoln Center Noon-1pm.
Volunteering opportunities will occur from June 14 - July 22, 12:15pm - 1:00pm at the following locations:
Mondays: Orchard Elementary & Castle Rock Park
Tuesdays: Central & Pioneer Park
Wednesdays: Big Sky Elementary & Castle Rock Park
Thursdays: Central & Pioneer Park
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