The Billings Public Library Foundation released a newsletter highlighting the amazing things that happened this past month to make the Billings Public Library an even more welcoming place for the community.

Last Wednesday, the foundation had the Royal Johnson Forum commemorating the 50th anniversary of Montana’s Constitution. A panel of Montana political leaders gathered at Petro theater on the MSUB Campus to discuss the state constitution. It was a day filled with thought-provoking conversations about the state constitution’s past, present, and future. With a sold-out luncheon and close to 250 guests at the panel, the 2022 Royal Johnson Forum was truly a big success. 

Donations to the foundation allowed the Billings Public Library Foundation to purchase supplies for the musical version of Books and Babies, one of the most attended programs at the library. The Books and Babies program fosters a love for reading, literacy skills, and music for ages 0 – 2. The musical edition of Books and Babies is held on the first and third Saturday of every month at 10:15 am in the children’s story tower.

With the success of the express lockers outside the library, the foundation has purchased a second unit of lockers! These express lockers act as a miniature library where users can access materials they put on hold and are available 24/7. The second unit will be installed in the heights and the St. Vincent walk-in clinic later this fall. The express lockers make picking up library materials more convenient. 

The Billings Public Library Foundation worked to provide resources and investments for the library to make the library an even more enriching and welcoming environment. These actions just show how much the foundation does for the community.