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November Book Reveal!

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

Join us on Wednesday, November 11th at 7 PM in the Off the Leaf Lounge to discuss!

Tie-in Campaign (November 18th):  For the third year in a row, the larger HPA organization is challenging chapters to raise awareness about income inequality. As we saw in the Hunger Games, there is a divide between the conditions for the districts and the capitol, a divergence that is mirrored somewhat by our real world—in lack of educational opportunities, income inequality, healthcare coverage issues, and a variety of other problems that arise from a disparity beyond simply “working hard” and “not working hard enough”. Odds in Our Favor seeks to address the issues in the districts and help make sure the odds are in EVERYONE’S favour. As with last year, we welcome community members to participate by telling us their inequality story on twitter with the hashtag #MyHungerGames (and if you @HPAbillings, it will show up on our website!) or on tumblr by providing a story and even a picture. If you’d like to find out what’s being done to help the 99% and how you can get involved (even in small ways), meet up with us at the premiere of Mockingjay to receive some information on Represent.us (to help our voices be heard by congress) and other initiatives to balance the inequalities we see in our society.

In honour of the release of Mockingjay part two (Hunger Games movie/book #3), the Harry Potter Alliance is once again calling on members of the community to share the story of their experiences with economic inequality. In order to add the voices of our Billings community to this discussion, we welcome people to participate in this event. We've created an easy-to-fill-out form that will help your voice be heard, as well as telling you other ways in which you can add to the conversation, if you so desire. We'd really like to hear from you so we can learn how to make the odds in everyone's favour.

Come find us at the release to learn more, visit Odds in Our Favour to participate, or join up with us at our November HPA meeting to hear about our collaboration with Fight for 15 again!

October Book Reveal!

Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

Unlike in other months, we don't want you to come having read the whole book!  Find a story or two you want to share, and we'll tell spooky stories at our meeting on October 14th (same time and place as always)

September Book Reveal!

Posted by [email protected] on August 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I, Robot- Isaac Asimov.  

Join us on Wednesday, September 9th at 7 PM in the Off the Leaf lounge to discuss it!

August Book Reveal!

Posted by [email protected] on July 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

13 Reasons Why-Jay Asher

Join us Wednesday, August 12th at 7 PM at Off the Leaf to discuss it!

Tie-in Campaign (September 20th): As Jay Asher’s story shows us, there can be a multitude of reasons that could drive someone to complete suicide. It’s a heavy topic that many would rather avoid, but during National Suicide Prevention Week, we at the HPA want to take some lessons from Mr. Asher and share them with the community. We’ll be providing resources for those who suffer from a mental illness or the loved ones of those who need to know how to help.  We'll have a happiness-boosting activity for those with lived experiences as well as taking some #selfiesagainststigma at our table at the ASFP's Out of the Darkness Walk.  Photos courtesy of our talented photography majour.  We'll have some glow in the dark fabric paint so those who want to customize their shirts to literally bring them out of the darkness can do so, as well.  We hope to see you guys there!  If you want to donate to the ASFP in support of our group specifically, check out our tumblr!  


Affiliate Event

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July Book Reveal!

Posted by [email protected] on June 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

For July, we will be reading the novel that inspired the huge box office hit, The Fault in Our Stars (the movie is eponymously named)!

Join us Wednesday, July 8th at 7 PM in the Off the Leaf lounge to discuss it!  (To share the event, visit its facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1615926455314558/)

Tie-in Campaign:Like our "mother" organization, we will be celebrating Esther Day on August 3rd.  Here's a bit of information about Esther Day (or visit here to find out what the HPA itself has to say about it)--

Most of us are now aware of the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, based on author John Green’s friend, Esther. Before she died, the author and his brother decided to honour Esther’s birthday every year and asked her how she would like to commemorate the occasion. Her wish was to have the day spent celebrating our platonic loved ones—unlike Valentine’s day, which celebrates romantic love, Esther requested a holiday where we tell our friends and family how much we love them. To memorialize Esther—or, as some of you may think of her, Hazel—come celebrate Esther Day with the HPA and make cards for your loved ones! We’ll have crafts available, as well as snacks and activities so you can invite all your loved ones to play games together!

We look forward to seeing you there!  Don't forget to tell your loved ones, that you love them!

Accio Books Update

Posted by [email protected] on June 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh my goodness, you guys!  Want to know what the final count for Accio Books 2015 was?? 254 books!

That's 254!

You helped us DEMOLISH the larger HPA organization's goal for the chapters, which was 175 books.  And this is only our first year participating in Accio Books!  

We owe it all to Sue Powell and her amazing group at Barjon's Books.  They were so helpful, hospitable, and gracious about helping out our little organization and, in turn, our Billings community.  We're so grateful for their help and we're excited to let her know soon what the final destination was for each of our 254 books, and we'll add to this post to let you know, too!  In the meantime, here's a picture of all the books!  Thanks again to Barjon's Books for hosting our donation box and to everyone who donated!  You guys rock!  

June Book Announced!

Posted by [email protected] on May 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

For June, to celebrate the release of Jurrasic World (the movie), we will be reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton!

Our tie-in campaign will center around environmental awareness and challenges science faces in congress (a mirror of the role corruption from money plays in the catastrophe experienced by those involved in Jurassic Park).  We'll have a drop-off location for your e-waste, education and FACTS, legislative initiatives and engagement opportunities, as well as an upcycled craft sale to benefit our chapter and an environmental charity of our choosing (but only one that has four stars on Charity navigator, of course!)

We hope to see you at our craft sale at Billings Biggest Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20th from 7 AM to 3 PM.  Come find us and stay tuned for other details!

Accio Books!

Posted by [email protected] on April 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After our April 1st meeting with our box decorating, we finally found a home for a drop box for Accio Books donations.  What is Accio Books, you ask?  It's an annual book drive to raise books for both the chapter's community as well as a national/international partner, chosen by the larger HPA organization.  This year, our chapter will be raising books for both local libraries as well as Operation Breakthrough, in Kansas City, Missouri, who provides education and learning materials to less fortunate children.  The HPA has set a goal of 175 books for each chapter, so hopefully you'll help us!  Until June 2nd, we will be collecting books as part of the campaign, and our dropbox can be found at Barjon's Books (223 N 29th St).  Any new or used books are welcome, and we appreciate the donations.  A big thank-you goes from our chapter to Sue Powell, the owner at Barjon's, who is happily housing our box at her store.  So stop by if you have anything to donate, and thank you from us and all the people you'll be helping!

Here's what the larger HPA has to say about the campaign, including more about Operation Breakthrough, our partner this year.

Pop Lit Book Club

Posted by [email protected] on April 4, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

What is Pop Lit Book Club you ask?

HPA Billings' new book club that features popular literature-- hence the name-- ranging from the Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars to un-movified titles, such as 13 Reasons Why.  Each month, HPA members will lead a discussion with community members about the book of the month, and together everyone will form a greater understanding of the novels.  Some might inspire silly questions, while others encourage deep thinking, and people can say as much or as little (short of monopoloizing the conversation) as they feel comfortable with.  

The book club will meet on the second Wednesdays of the month at 7 PM in the Off the Leaf lounge or executive room (varies by month), and the book that will be discussed will be posted on the website after the current month's discussion.  Suggestions are welcome (the Minister can be reached at: [email protected]).

For those who are interested in participating more fully and engaging with the literature, the HPA will supply events pertaining to the book of the month for a majority of the books, allowing those who enjoyed the stories to bring them to life.  

Note: Although HPA members are encouraged to participate in the book club and will be the "hosts", book club members are NOT required to join the HPA or participate in their events.  They will never be bothered with HPA emails.  Book club members are more than welcome, but membership of the two groups is not mutually inclusive.

We hope to see you there!!!

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

September 9

October 14

November 11

December 9