Community Partnerships

The Bozeman Public Library is a source of civic pride in this beautiful place we call home. We rely on the generous support of community partners to meet the diverse needs of our citizens. 

Bozeman Public Library’s role in the community is to create opportunities that inspire curiosity, exploration, and connection. Our Library reaches over 400,000 people each year through a diverse range of public programs, events, and classes that offer unique sponsorship and employee engagement opportunities. Whether you are interested in underwriting a specific program, sponsoring our annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, or offering in-kind services, community partners receive a range of benefits that can be tailored to meet your organization’s charitable giving goals.

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation hosts an annual virtual fundraising event. It’s an un-Gala, if you will, and a fun way to raise money for the Library. Guests are invited to stay home, read a book, and donate to the Library what they would have spent on a fancy night out. Funds are also raised via corporate sponsorship, a raffle, and goodie bag sales. This is an excellent opportunity for visibility and employee engagement while also supporting the vital work of the Library, one of Bozeman’s most beloved institutions.

Public Programs and Events

BPL hosts more than 22,900 programs each year that are free to the public. Support from our community partners helps underwrite many of these programs including:

SymBozium is BPL’s award-winning civil discourse series that engages the community in respectful and productive conversation around complex controversial topics. It is a moderated forum with subject-matter experts and opportunity for audience participation. Previous topics include Fake News, The Economics of Immigration, Artificial Intelligence, and Affordable Housing.

One Book One Bozeman is a community reading event wherein one book is selected as the local read. By supporting this selection with author talks, discussion panels and other programming related to the theme of the book, OBOB promotes literacy and community engagement through the shared experience of reading.

Music on the Green is a family-friendly summer concert series hosted on the lawn of the Library Front Plaza.

Now in its 12th year, Children’s Festival of the Book is the only children’s book festival in the state of Montana. This daylong festival brings national, award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to Bozeman and encourages a love of reading for all ages through engaging presentations, workshops and hands-on activities, and an opportunity to meet and interact with “real live” author/illustrators. BPL partners with the Bozeman Public School District to organize a number of elementary/middle school visits the day prior to the Festival. Our goal is to reach 3,000 children each year.

The Bozeman Teen Book Fest launched in 2018. Modeled after BPL’s Children’s Festival of the Book this annual Festival is geared toward teen readers.

Summer Reading is a critical program to promote reading and prevent “summer slide,” the loss of reading and academic skills during the summer months. BPL hosts over 150 children’s programs over the summer with more than 3,600 attendees.

Children’s Creative Workshops are hosted in August each year at BPL. We partner with local instructors from a variety of organizations to develop a month-long series of hands-on activities and classes for kids ages 6–12 years old. These include music, art, gardening, and dance.

Yoga for All is a free, all-levels class for the community taught by certified instructors.

Matching Gifts

Does your organization have a matching gift program that allows you to double your impact? Many employers will match employee gifts dollar-for-dollar. 100% of both donations will support BPL.

In-Kind Giving

BPL welcomes many types of in-kind donations including landscaping, graphic design, printing, media, and lodging.

2020 Community Partners

We thank our longstanding community partners and welcome those that are considering joining BPL for the first time.

Get in touch

For more information on how your organization can partner with the Bozeman Public Library, contact Jen Shoemaker, Development & Communications Manager:

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