November 2020

CANCELLED: Downtown Billings Holiday Parade. The DBA announced the cancellation of the beloved holiday staple on October 21. 

SOS: Send Our Seniors mail. Billings Public Library. Older adults in our community feel the effects of isolation due to quarantines and lockdowns associated with the pandemic. This program aims to put a smile on their faces! Stop by the Children's Department at the Library to pick up a coloring sheet to decorate and write a short, positive message. These long-distance "hugs" will be distributed by the Library's Senior Outreach Department, who will ensure that your artwork gets into the hands of local seniors in need of some cheer during this difficult time. If you prefer to participate in this program remotely, go to for instructions.  

Children’s Digital Resources from Billings Public Library. Digital resources and information is available at For fun and interactive learning resources for children pre-K through middle school, go to the 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!  

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!  

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.  

The Friends of the Billings Library accepts book donations M-F from 10am-12pm.  FYI: Donations may also be left on the designated bottom shelves in the Book Nook. Volunteers staff the workroom on the library's 1st floor next to the Sweet Cafe. 

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. 

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 for more information.  

Originally printed in November 2020 issue of Simply Local Magazine

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