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Celebrate Your Freedom To Read with MHPL

What Is Freedom to Read Week? Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that has been organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council for the past 36 years to encourage Canadians to recognize the importance of intellectual freedom, a right we are promised under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (



We Read Canadian!

February 19th is the inaugural I Read Canadian Day! It celebrates the richness and diversity of Canadian literature. Children's author, Eric Walters brought this day to life by collaborating with a few different organizations. These included the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers, and the Ontario Library Association. Walters was inspired to create this day when he heard some troubling news - sales of Canadian…



February: Thinking About Love, Talking About Teen Dating Violence

We don’t stick a 14-year-old in the car and let them drive off when their birthday arrives – so why do we do the equivalent when it comes to dating and relationships? February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society has partnered with the Medicine Hat Public Library to visit local middle schools, high schools, and other local youth support programming to make buttons that promote healthy relationships and share info on healthy relationships. Why? Teenage romance is often portrayed as…



A Librarian Answers Your Ungoogleable Q's About MHPL

When we have a question these days, our automatic response is to search Google for an answer. But what do you do when you can’t find an answer through Google? If you’re like me, I have given up on many queries because, honestly, if Google doesn’t know the answer who would? And looking any further outside of Google is not really convenient for my fast-paced lifestyle. (Who else can relate?) But what if giving up on your search to answer that one burning question that’s been bothering you for weeks is actually preventing you from accessing a world of possibilities? As a librarian, I am biased when I say that…



4 Effective Ways To Limit Your Kids Screen Time

Why is too much screen time bad? Every day, I look at a screen. Whether it’s my laptop, my computer at work, my phone, or watching Netflix I almost never go through the day without looking at a screen. Screens have become part of our daily lives. I think most of us already know that staring at a screen for prolonged periods of time isn’t the healthiest activity in the world as it has links to anxiety, depression, and addictive symptoms. Normally when I consider healthy screen habits I’m thinking about how to limit my time spent staring at a screen, but after a recent talk at the Medicine…



103 Reasons to Have a Library Card

Today is the 103rd Anniversary of our library!  On our 100th Anniversary, Mayor Clugston signed a proclamation marking November 21st as “MHPL Day.” We’ve celebrated this day in different ways for the past 3 years – in 2015 we had a big party; 2016 we gave away a lifetime membership to the first child born (Ella Knibbs); and in 2017 we gave away a theatre package to one lucky winner and 151 of their friends in our newly renovated theatre.  This year, we’re sharing reasons why EVERYONE in…