Children & Tweens

Children’s Services encompasses library service to children from birth to age 12.  Please see the Let's Play program booklet for current program information or phone 403-502-8526 for more information about any of the Children’s Services programs, collections, or memberships.

The TD Summer Reading Club is back for another year at the Library. Registration for these free programs begins in-person on June 17. A $100 refundable deposit is required. Download the 2017 registration form here. 

Memberships:

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 at the Library to sign-up.

Collections:

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 collections contain 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 few exceptions. Reference items may only be used in the
Library.

In addition to our physical collection we have a number of electronic resources including
popular databases such as Kids InfoBits, NoveList K-8, and World Book Kids. We also
have a number of e-books for children including Tumblebooks, and Overdrive.

Programs:

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
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.

Toddler Time
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.

Preschool Storytime
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 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 from September through May and once a month through the summer. 

Seasonal Storycrafts

Children’s Services offers seasonal storycraft programs on Saturday mornings 4 or more times per year.  Please see the 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 the current
Tween Programs.  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 the Library has 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, the Library’s 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 the Library’s website, 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.

Class Visits

Teachers: if you would like to bring your class to the Library please phone or e-mail Carol

Ann Cross-Roen, Head of Children’s Services 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 Medicine Hat Public Library and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Medicine

Hat have co-sponsored the ‘Sunrise Rotary Ride the Road to Reading’ membership
incentive program and contest for Medicine Hat students in grade 4.  During the
program Grade 4 teachers in Medicine Hat are offered the opportunity to have a Library
Ambassador visit their classroom.  The Library Ambassador will bring a suitcase full of
goodies from the Library’s collection to generate interest and awareness of the Library’s
resources among students.  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.

Children’s Services Contact Information:

For general information, renewals, holds, etc. please phone Children’s Services: 403-502-8526

Carol Ann Cross-Roen, Head of Children’s Services:
Phone: 403-502-8532
Email: Contact Carol Ann