Children’s Services encompasses library service to children from birth to age 12. Our Let's Play program booklet is your resource for all current programs for children. If you have questions about Children’s Services, programs, collections, or memberships please phone 403-502-8526.
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Children’s library borrowing cards are available free of charge. We require that a parent or legal guardian sign as a guarantor for patrons under the age of 13. Visit us to sign-up.
The Children’s Library has materials at various levels to meet the needs of children from infancy through the tween years (ages 10 - 12).
Our nonfiction collection contains information items for both popular browsing and homework support. We carry a variety of popular children’s magazines and have a large selection of children’s audio visual materials.
Our fiction collection contains board books, picture books, beginning readers, beginning chapter books, and novels for children. We also have a collection of totes which are thematic kits containing a combination of books, CDs, toys, and/or puzzles which can be checked out just like a book.
Loan periods are 3 weeks for most items with some exceptions. Reference items may only be used in the Library.
In addition to our physical collection we have a number of electronic resources for ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, music, TV and games. Try the following resources:
We host events for all ages, most of which are free of charge. To see what’s coming up take a look at our events calendar. Please note that age limits for our programs are based on developmental and social targets appropriate to the age group. In order to participate, a child must be within the posted age limit by the day of the program. We do not grant exceptions to our age limits as this could be seen as discriminatory to those who have not been admitted into a program. Thank you for your cooperation.
Early Literacy Programs
Babies and Ones Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
*Registration is required; 30 minutes.
The Babies and Ones Storytime program is for ages 4 - 18 months with a parent or other adult caregiver. Each program is run as a series of 6 sessions on Tuesday mornings from September through May. Participants must register for each session separately. During the program babies and their parent(s)/caregiver(s) will enjoy songs, rhymes, tickles, and knee bounces.
Thursdays at 10:30 am
*Registration is required; 30 minutes.
The Toddler Time program is for ages 18 - 36 months with a parent or other adult caregiver. Each program is run as a series of 6 sessions on Thursday mornings from September through May. Participants must register for each session separately. During the program toddlers and their parent(s)/caregiver(s) will enjoy many of the same rhymes and songs as the Baby program but also more advanced action verses and some books.
Fridays at 10:30 am
Drop-in; 30 minutes.
Preschoolers ages 3 - 6 will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes on various themes each Friday morning. This program runs year round with a two week break at the end of December / beginning of January.
Evening Family Storytime
Tuesdays, once-a-month at 7:00 pm
Drop-in; 30-45 minutes.
This family friendly storytime is most appropriate for ages 2 and up. Enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs to celebrate a new theme each week. Generally the program offers content most appropriate for our youngest attendees at the beginning of the program building to material more appropriate for older children at the end of the program. Pajamas and teddy bears are welcome. This program takes place on Tuesday evenings once-a-month.
Children’s Services offers seasonal storycraft programs on Saturday mornings 4 or more times per year. Check the Let’s Play program booklet for our current offerings.
Tween Programs (ages 10 – 12)
Each month there will be a special evening program just for tweens. Programs are usually held on a Monday from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Please see the Hang Out program booklet for current information. During the summer months we offer additional tween evening programs as well as two-weeks of tween afternoons as part of our Summer Reading Program.
Family Fun Flicks
On the second Saturday of each month at 2:00 pm Children’s Services offers a family-friendly film in the Library’s theatre. View the Movie Time program booklet for current offerings.
Spring Break Movie Matinees
Since 2006 we have offered a week of movies during Spring Break at 2:00 pm each day in the Library theatre; watch the Movie Time program booklet for listings.
Summer Reading Club
During July and August Children’s Services offers a variety of programs in conjunction with the national TD Summer Reading Club program. Children can participate in Monoporead, a fun reading game, as well as a variety of crafts and activities based on the TD Summer Reading Club theme. Registration for Summer Programs begins in mid-June with programs running through July and August.
The Mitten Tree
Throughout December a Mitten Tree will be located in the Children’s Library accepting donations of new hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves which will be distributed to children in need.
Special Programs & Outreach
In addition to our regular program line-up, Children’s Services may also host special programs such as authors’ visits, singers, and storytellers. Special events are advertised in our program booklets and on our online events calendar, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
Children’s Services staff members may be available to attend various community events. Please contact Carol Ann Cross-Roen, Head of Children’s Services, regarding outreach opportunities.
Teachers: if you would like to bring your class to the Library please phone or e-mail Carol Ann to book your class visit. Class visits can include a storytime program, research help/instruction, and/or a tour of the Library.
Sunrise Rotary Ride the Road to Reading
Since 2009 the Medicine Hat Public Library and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Medicine Hat have co-sponsored the ‘Sunrise Rotary Ride the Road to Reading’ contest for Medicine Hat students in grade 4. During the program Grade 4 teachers in Medicine Hat are sent invitations to have a Library Ambassador visit their classroom. The Library Ambassador will bring a suitcase full of materials from the Library’s collection to generate interest and awareness of our resources. The Ambassador will do several book talks and inform students about our free children’s memberships, services, and programs. At the end of the visit each child receives a passport card and a letter for his/her parent(s) describing the program and encouraging them to help their child participate. These passport cards may be traded at the Library for library cards and will then be entered in the Sunrise Rotary Ride the Road to Reading contest. If a child has an old or existing membership with fines or fees owing, these will be waived. Contest prizes have included bikes, skateboards, and Coles’ gift cards.