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 more than 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 an event, or offering in-kind services, community partners receive a range of benefits that can be tailored to meet your organization’s charitable giving goals.
Public Programs and Events
The Bozeman Public Library hosts thousands of programs each year that are free to the public. Support from our community partners helps underwrite most of these programs, including:
SymBozium is the Bozeman Public Library’s award-winning civil discourse series that engages the community in respectful and productive conversation around complex 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 brings our community together to read and talk about issues in a selected bestselling book each year. Author talks, discussion panels and other programming related to the theme of the book get neighbors talking throughout the year. The event series 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 Library’s front plaza. With food trucks, lawn games, and popular regional bands, Music on the Green is a signature music event on Bozeman’s summer calendar.
Children’s Festival of the Book is an award-winning celebration of children’s literature and childhood literacy. The event brings nationally recognized, award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to Bozeman and encourages a love of reading for all ages through engaging presentations, workshops, hands-on activities, and an opportunity to meet and interact with “real live” book creators. As part of the event, the Library partners with the Bozeman Public School District to offer workshops with the authors and illustrators to in-town and rural schools. All told, the festival reaches well over 3,000 children each year.
The Bozeman Teen Book Fest launched in 2018. Modeled after the Children’s Festival of the Book, this annual Festival celebrates young adult literature and encourages teens to share their own unique voices.
Summer Learning programs gets kids and their families to the Bozeman Public Library to enjoy fun-filled and enriching programs throughout the summer school break. Library summer learning programs are critical to childhood literacy and academic success across all subjects. They’re proven to reduce “summer slide,” the loss of reading and academic skills during the summer months that can cause children to fall behind in school and damage later career potential. The Library hosts more than 150 children’s programs and reaches well over 7,000 children each year.
The Bozeman Public Library currently offers three different adult wellness programs each summer, all taught by certified instructors, that promotes physical and mental health in our community. Yoga for All is a free, all-level, body-positive class. Meditation begins with a guided session and concludes with self-led exploration of the Library’s labyrinth. Qi Gong is an ancient practice that blends mindful breathing, meditation, and slow movements for relaxation and strength.
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.
BPL welcomes many types of in-kind donations including landscaping, graphic design, printing, media, and lodging.
2021-2022 Business Supporters
We’re deeply grateful to businesses in our community and beyond for their support of the Bozeman Public Library Foundation.
2021-2022 Foundation Supporters
We’d like to share our sincere thanks to the charitable foundations who have chosen to support our community through the Bozeman Public Library Foundation.
Get in touch
For more information on how your organization can partner with the Bozeman Public Library, contact
Sonja Bahr, Director of Development & Communications: