January 2021

Billings Public Library’s 24th Annual Family Reading Program begins Jan 19. Designed to encourage families to develop the habit of reading aloud together, families will read together 20 minutes a day for 20 days. Families registering for the program receive a book bundle to start their reading journey. Families completing the program receive coupons to local businesses (as supplies last) and entered into a drawing for a special grand prize. More info/register: https://billingslibrary.org/395/children.

SOS: Send Our Seniors mail. Billings Public Library. Older adults in our community are feeling the effects of isolation due to quarantines and lockdowns associated with the pandemic. To participate in this program remotely, go to www.billingslibrary.org/sosmail for instructions. These long-distance "hugs" will be distributed by the Library's Senior Outreach Department.

Children’s Digital Resources from Billings Public Library. Digital resources and information are available at https://billingslibrary.org/395/Children. For fun and interactive learning resources for children pre-K through middle school, go to Learning Resources page. STEM activity? STEM Resources page. Virtual tours and exploring local history? Arts & Cultural Resources page. Research Project? Kid-friendly search engines on the Research Databases page. Homeschooling? Homeschooling and At-Home Learning page for guidance, tips and tricks, and support.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Billings Public Library. Join the challenge to read 1,000 books with your child by the time they enter kindergarten! www.billingspubliclibrary.org/1000books

Virtual Story Tower. Do you miss hanging out in Billings Public Library’s Story Tower? Here’s your chance to visit it virtually! Head to the Library’s Children’s page and be transported to the Story Tower for fun games, videos, songs, and other learning activities. Stop by each month for new adventures! www.billingspubliclibrary.org.

Billings Public Library’s Teen Education & Creation Hub (TECH Lab) remains closed due to public health precautions. Activities are still available to teens via the Teen Take-Away Kits and virtual programming.

Virtual Teen Programming. Ongoing virtual meetings, dates and times vary. Billings Public Library. The Democracy Project: engages high school students in civic action through community partnerships. Entertainment Review: Teens ages 13-19. A blog written by teens, for teens. Teen Book Group: Reading and discussions for teens. www.billingslibrary.org/teens.

St. Vincent Healthcare Virtual Tour of Labor & Delivery. SVH has a recorded tour of Labor & Delivery that can be found on the Midwifery and Women’s Center Facebook page, a closed group. Requests are approved as quickly as possible.

Bright by Text | United Way of Yellowstone County. Access expert content and messages about free and low-cost events and resources specific to the Billings area. Sign up (parents/caregivers with children under age 5): text 406Parents to 274448. http://www.unitedwayyellowstone.org/bright-text

Travel immunizations are available by appointment only via RiverStone Health. Call 406.247.3382 to schedule an appointment.

Respite openings at The Family Tree Center. 9am-12pm. For ages 0-5 years. No income requirements. Call 252.9799 or email julieh@thefamilytreecenterbillings.org for more information. 

Originally printed in January 2021 issue of Simply Local Magazine

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