Missions
Complete an activity and you might unlock a more advanced one, and bragging rights, cool badges and maybe even a prize!

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Family Reading

Family Reading is the perfect opportunity to spend time with the ones you love.  The goal of the  mission is to strengthen the family bond and increase literacy opportunities.  Doing an activity in the mission is voluntary and the mission does not earn you any extra points towards the completion of the program.  We hope you enjoy the activities and have fun!


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25 Pts

January Reading Challenge: Who Are You?

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. 



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Kids Mission Week 1: Chilling out this Summer!

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!



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Kids Mission Week 2: Summer Reading is heating up!

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!



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Kids Mission Week 3: Roaring into Summer Reading

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!



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Kids Mission Week 4: Summer Reading is BUZZING

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!



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Kids Mission Week 5: Reeling in a great Summer!

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!



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Kids Mission Week 6: Surf's up for Summer Reading!

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!



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Kids Mission Week 7: Summer Reading was sizzling

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!



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Kindness Challenge

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!



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50 Pts

Letters to a Young Poet

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.



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Pre- Readers Mission Week 1: Chilling out this Summer!

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!



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Pre- Readers Mission Week 2: Summer Reading is heating up!

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!



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Pre-Readers Mission Week 3: Roaring into Summer Reading!

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!



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Pre-Readers Mission Week 4: Summer Reading is BUZZING

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!



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Pre-Readers Mission Week 5: Reeling in a great Summer!

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!



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Pre-Readers Mission Week 6: Surf's up for Summer Reading!

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!



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Pre-Readers Mission Week 7: Summer Reading is sizzling!

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!



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50 Pts

Tails & Tales Reading Bingo

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



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50 Pts

Tails and Tales 6 Word Stories Contest

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 refdesk@billingsmt.gov 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!



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50 Pts

Tails and Tales Pet Tales Photo Contest

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 refdesk@billingsmt.gov. 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. 



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200 Pts

Teen - Art Class at Crooked Line

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. 



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500 Pts

Teen Parks Mission

Summer is here, and it's time to get outside and enjoy some sunshine! Billings has a ton of really great public parks to visit, so this mission is asking you to take some time and explore your city to see what it has to offer! Visit each park and take a photo of yourself in front of the Park sign (the sign with the name of the park on it), and then upload the photo here. Earn 50 points for each completed activity, and if you complete all ten of them you'll get a bonus 500 points!

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500 Pts

Teen Reading Mission

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!





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500 Pts

Teen TECH Lab Mission

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!



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100 Pts

Teen Video Challenge

The Teen Video Challenge is hosted by the Collaborative Summer Reading Program. Teens can create a short video (no more than 60 seconds) explaining their interpretation of this year’s summer reading theme of animals, with the slogan "Tails and Tales." 5 winners will be chosen and will receive a $200 cash prize, as well as $50 worth of material for our library! Participants who complete the challenge will get 1000 extra bonus points for Summer Reading! To learn more or submit a video, visit the CSLP Teen Video Challenge page.

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200 Pts

Teen- Growing Microgreens

Join us June 25th at 11am - 12pm for an outdoor workshop for TEENS at Billings Public Library with guest presenter, Emilie Burditt. Learn about microgreens, how to start growing them, and leave with your own starter kit. The workshop will take place on the patio outside of the Library Community Room. Attend to receive the secret code that you can enter for Summer Reading points! Register here
Emilie is an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Billings Metro VISTA Project. Learn more here.

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50 Pts

Teen- Write a Book Review

Write a review about any book you've read and submit it to the BPL Teen Blog!

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500 Pts

Volunteer with Reading Rocks

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

Apply Online Here



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500 Pts

Writer's Block

Every writer has moments when their mind goes blank. It can be frustrating and annoying when you really want to write something, but just don’t know where to start. Use the following activities to help you turn that blank page into an unforgettable story! Each activity is worth 50 points when you complete it, and if you complete the entire mission you'll get a 500 point bonus!



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