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Billings Public Library Dedication

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Saturday marks the official opening of the Billings Public Library even though the new facility has been open for a few weeks.

In the first week of opening, 11,000 people visited the library and 1,000 new cards were issued.

"We could've never predicted there would be that kind of response in the middle of the winter with little parking and the building's not really done, so just really gratified, all the work that went into it and the great reception it's had," said Bill Cochran, Billings Public Library's director.

Josslyn and her mother are at the new library for a second time, and having story time in the library's story tower.

"'This is a Hospital and Not a Zoo" - I really like this book," Josslyn said. "It's really funny. This guy eats animal crackers and he turns into that animal."

"I think this is great opportunity for kids to expose them at such a young age to books and to make their love of learning and love of reading grow," said Jennifer Hoge, Josslyn's mother. "I think it's a great idea."

Cochran says the library is a symbol of language and our community.

"In the time when people think that kids are watching screens and texting, kids learn how to read with word books, easy readers, families want to come in and do story time, sit on the floor with the kids," he said.

Cochran says there is work to be finished on the new library, including a 100-space parking garden in the place of the old library.

Library officials say they are also preparing a time capsule. If you have any ideas, you can email them to refdesk@ci.billings.mt.us or mail them to 510 N. Broadway. The ideas should be 500 words or less.

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