Become A Library Card Sponsor

Literacy is for everybody. Support our campaign to provide A Library Card for Every Hatter.

A Library Card for Every Hatter - #MHPLforYXH

The Medicine Hat Public Library is a place for everybody. It’s a community living room. We strive to make the library a safe, welcoming place for our community - for everybody in our community - to socialize, interact, and make new connections. The library is continually looking for opportunities to improve our services and reach as many people in our community as possible.

One way we did that recently was by removing a barrier to access. We’re talking about FREE library cards! FREE library cards for EVERY Hatter! We have the generosity of the community to thank for that. Since we started this campaign in 2021 thousands of Hatters have received a FREE library card. In turn, we have provided many benefits to businesses/individuals willing to sponsor library cards so that our community can access all of our great services for FREE and we continue to do so.

We believe that a well-read community is a healthy community. Using your library card to read books, to conduct research, to take personal and professional development courses, to learn a new language, to get study help, to get tips on resumé writing, etc., can help make you a better person, a better employee, and can improve your mental health.

These are some of the ways that having a library card can benefit our community.

Continue reading to learn about our sponsorship levels and the benefits of becoming a library card sponsor.

Public Sponsorship

This sponsorship type provides FREE cards to the general public. The dropdown boxes below list the benefits of each sponsorship level. 


Recognition:

  • tax receipt issued.

Recognition:

  • social media post to promote sponsorship (Facebook, Instagram).

Recognition: 

  • your logo/name printed on stickers and attached to library cards;
  • feature in our newsletter (delivered to more than 13,000 patrons);
  • your logo/name listed in our What's On booklet for duration of sponsorship (more than 3,000 printed annually);
  • your logo/name featured on our TV display during sponsorship;
  • introduction/highlight post of your business on our blog to announce your sponsorship; and 
  • minimum of 2 social media posts to promote sponsorship and to share photos/videos of the cards being used by our patrons (Facebook, Instagram).

Recognition: 

  • your logo/name printed on stickers and attached to library cards;
  • feature in our newsletter (delivered to more than 13,000 patrons);
  • your logo/name listed in our What's On booklet for duration of sponsorship (more than 3,000 printed annually);
  • your logo/name in a banner ad on the homepage of our website during sponsorship (over 350,000 unique pageviews were made in 2022);
  • your logo/name featured on our TV display during sponsorship;
  • introduction/highlight post of your business on our blog to announce your sponsorship; and 
  • minimum of 3 social media posts to promote sponsorship and to share photos/videos of the cards being used by our patrons (Facebook, Instagram).


Recognition:

  • your logo/name printed on stickers and attached to library cards;
  • feature in our newsletter (delivered to more than 13,000 patrons);
  • your logo/name listed in our What's On booklet for duration of sponsorship (more than 3,000 printed annually);
  • your logo/name in a banner ad on the homepage of our website during sponsorship (over 350,000 unique pageviews were made in 2022);
  • your logo/name featured on our TV display during sponsorship;
  • introduction/highlight post of your business on our blog to announce your sponsorship; and 
  • minimum of 5 social media posts to promote sponsorship and to share photos/videos of the cards being used by our patrons (Facebook, Instagram).


Recognition:

  • your logo/name printed on stickers and attached to library cards;
  • feature in our newsletter (delivered to more than 13,000 patrons);
  • your logo/name listed in our What's On booklet for duration of sponsorship (more than 3,000 printed annually);
  • your logo/name recognition on posters/banners at all of our service desks (Children's Desk, Information Desk, Circulation Desk, Reference Desk);
  • your logo/name in a banner ad on the homepage of our website during sponsorship (over 350,000 unique pageviews were made in 2022);
  • your logo/name featured on our TV display during sponsorship;
  • 2 ads in the Medicine Hat News to recognize sponsorship;
  • introduction/highlight post of your business on our blog to announce your sponsorship; and 
  • minimum of 10 social media posts to promote sponsorship and to share photos/videos of the cards being used by our patrons (Facebook, Instagram).


Employee Sponsorship

Want your employees to learn new skills, be more well-rounded, less stressed, and mentally healthier? Pay for their library cards! 

Sponsorship fees are based on the number employees in your organization and can be calculated as: # of employees x $5.00

To start an employee sponsorship, email us at employeesponsorship@shortgrass.ca. We'll give you all the details at that time, but basically, all we need from you is a list of your employee names. We'll get temporary library cards created for all of your employees and will hand deliver them to you. When your employees have their temporary cards they'll need to visit the Library to show us their identification; once we've verified ID we'll convert their card into one with full borrowing rights. 

An optional extra is to request a presentation at your business by one of our library staff members to showcase to your employees how to access our physical collection and online resources.

Note: Employee sponsorships will need to be reinstated annually. 


Organization Sponsorship

Is there an organization in Medicine Hat that you're passionate about supporting? Support the wellbeing of their clients by sponsoring their library cards! 

Here's a short list of the types of organizations that you could choose to support with your sponsorship: 

  • Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society
  • Root Cellar Food & Wellness Hub
  • Nurture Pregnancy Centre
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Medicine Hat Community Housing Society
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Saamis Immigration
  • REDI Enterprises
  • CORE Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • McMan Parent Link
  • Miywasin Friendship Centre
  • Veiner Centre
  • Meals on Wheels


Pay-It-Forward Sponsorship

Have you ever rolled up to the drive-through window to find out that the person in front of you paid for your order? Or walked out of a coffee shop and left behind a sleeve on the bulletin board inviting someone to have a free drink on you? We want to keep those good vibes going and inspire people to pay-it-forward at the library. If you feel like doing the most ultimate of Canadian gestures and paying for someone else’s library card, we would surely appreciate you for it. The story of your contribution to the library could be told for generations. We might even throw imaginary confetti* at you.

*imaginary confetti throwing is not guaranteed and is subject to the discretion of each individual library employee. 


Can We Count You In?

Help us reach our goal of putting a library card in every wallet/purse/murse/backpack/fanny pack this year by becoming a sponsor of our Library Card for Every Hatter campaign. If you would like to discuss these sponsorship levels in more detail, please contact Chris at chrisb@shortgrass.ca or 403-502-8536.