The Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball Oct 2021 graphic

This event has now passed, but we think the Library is worth celebrating every day. Read on below to discover what the festivities entailed, or RSVP and make a donation any time. Thanks!

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation invites you to Stay Home and Read a Book! Relax in your favorite place, read a book, and donate what you would have spent on a fancy night out to support your Bozeman Public Library. 


WHEN: Sunday, October 3, 2021 or anytime you choose to celebrate!

WHERE: Your cozy couch, a remote mountaintop, or wherever you love to read. 

HOW: Choose a book and get lost in the pages! While you’re having a ball reading at home, donate what you would have spent on a fancy night out.

WHY: To support crucial Library programs and services that build childhood literacy, equitable access for all, and a healthy, connected community. 

HOSTS: Authors Christopher Paolini, Edward Hemingway, and Keith McCafferty

Share your love of libraries and what you’ll be reading our Facebook event page or across social media with #ReadForBPL!

New! Raffle Prizes

Feeling lucky? Purchase raffle tickets for prizes designed especially for Library lovers! Opt for as many tickets as you wish for the prize package(s) of your choice. Winners drawn at noon on October 3, notified by phone and/or email, and announced on social media. $25 per ticket.

A little neighborhood library designed by Open Studio Collective adorns a front yard

Little Neighborhood Library

Love the little free libraries in front of neighborhood homes? Now you can have your own! This hand-built library, designed by Allison Louise Bryan of Open Studio Collective, features natural woods and modern lines. Inside, you’ll find sign book copies by event hosts and quality books from the Friends of the Bozeman Public Library. 

A chef-prepared dinner, plated next to wine glasses filled with red wine

Stay at Home with a Chef's Dinner

Relax at home and let Karen Averitt, Ted Turner’s personal chef, do the cooking in your kitchen! Karen will craft a meal for up to six, with your dietary preferences in mind, using fresh, seasonal ingredients from Rosauers. Wine, dessert, and a Wild Joe’s Coffee round out this exceptional experience. Available January – April 2022. 

A zipliner posed to fly at Yellowstone Zipline Adventures

Family Adventure Package

Lift your family’s spirits with high adventures that explore the best of Bozeman family fun! Includes:

  • 4 Zipline Adventure Passes from Yellowstone Zipline Adventures & Montana Whitewater
  • Family climbing for 4 at Spire Climbing Center
  • 4 swim passes to Bozeman Hot Springs
  • 4 passes to JumpTime Bozeman
  • 3 $25 gift cards, valid at Jam!, Revelry, and Dave’s Sushi
  • a $30 gift certificate to Giggles Toys & More
  • A $15 gift certificate to Genuine Ice Cream
Mahoney Vineyards wine bottle with a gold medal

Case of Fine Wines

While you read, uncork a choice wine from Sonoma County’s esteemed Carneros region. Features four bottles each of Mahoney Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Mahoney Vineyards 2016 Carneros Pinot Noir, and Mahoney Family Vineyards 2018 Gavin Chardonnay. 

Exclusive: Party Pack

Party Pack bag with the text, "my favorite book is a library book"

Love a good mystery? Surprise yourself or a friend with a thoughtfully curated collection of delicious, cozy treats for two from top Montana artisans. Delivered to your home October 3 in an exclusive library book bag made of sustainably-grown jute. Quantities limited. $100 each.

Your Author Hosts

Portrait of author Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini Fantasy & Sci-Fi Author

Christopher Paolini‘s #1 New York times bestselling book, Eragon, was made into a major motion picture. His latest novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, was named Best Science Fiction in the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards. Read Christopher’s host letter here.

“Books, and by extension libraries, rank among our greatest treasures. With the contents of a public library, we could rebuild our entire civilization. And that’s without considering the value of fiction for our mental health, development, and enjoyment.”

Edward Hemingway ⋅ Illustrator, Children’s Author

Edward Hemingway wrote and illustrated the Bad Apple children’s books. He also illustrated two adult books celebrating cocktails and colorful legends such as his grandfather, Ernest.

“Visiting your local Public Library is more than just a short trip, it’s a call to adventure. Keep an open mind, pack light, and don’t forget your library card. Bon Voyage!”

Portrait of author Keith McCafferty

Keith McCafferty ⋅ Mystery Author & Outdoor Nonfiction Writer

Keith McCafferty is the author of the award-winning Sean Stranahan mystery series. He is also the survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream.

“My mother worked in the children’s room of our local library. The room’s centerpiece was a Jack and Beanstalk that grew to the ceiling. It would be years before I started writing myself, but the seeds were planted there, at the foot of a beanstalk. Without that library, I might never have written a word.”

Your support changes lives across our community.

Photo collage of schoolkids climbing aboard the Bookmobile, a Yoga for All class, and a baby with a book

Your donations make possible vital programs such as:

Children’s programs that create lifelong learners and provide support to parents.

The Bookmobile, which provides equitable access to Library resources for children, seniors, and rural communities.

Adult movement classes that promote health and connectedness.

Civil discourse and cultural events that educate, lift spirits, and build community.

Special thanks to our gold and silver sponsors:

Gold and silver sponsors of the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball 2021