Teens

Youthopia

Teens at the Library

Teens (ages 13 – 19) have their own dedicated area at the Medicine Hat Public Library. “Youthopia” is made by teens, for teens. We have thousands of Young Adult resources – books, movies, TV shows, music, magazines, video games, etc. – that you can access from home or at the Library with your free card. If you haven’t visited in a while, make a point to stop by and rediscover your library.

Stay up-to-date with all teen library happenings by following us on Instagram (@mhplteens)TikTok (@mhplteens), or Discord!


TIC-TAC Teen Nights

Teens (ages 13 – 19) are lucky enough to have the Library all to themselves for two nights a month! After the Library closes on alternate Fridays, teens are invited to themed nights that range from videogaming to anime to improv. To see what’s coming up take a look at the What's On program booklet.

*Please note, Teen Nights will be happening on a virtual platform until further notice due to the current pandemic. 

One book to connect the world. Every year, a book is selected by a committee to be read aloud during a set 6-week period, and during that time participants are encouraged to try and make as many global connections as possible. This program has been happening every year for the past ten years and millions of connections made in more than 86 different countries!

From October 5th - November 13th, tune in to our InstagramTV channel where every week Stephanie (Youth & Community Librarian) will be reading a section of the 2020 YA Global Read Aloud title: "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, & You" by Ibram X. Kendi and adapted by Jason Reynolds.

If you listen to an episode, or read along with your own copy or library copy (physical or digital), you can enter in to win a Teen Gift Basket from us! ENTER HERE!!!
Starting October 5th and will close November 13th.
Eligible winners must be between the ages of 13-19 with a valid MHPL card.

Hang out at the library online! Join library staff and your fellow Medicine Hat teens in a digital teen space. You Can join in on programs, play games together, participate in contests, share your art and stories, and more!

Click here to join!

For more information or help joining, contact Stephanie.

This ready-to-play entertainment pack will transform your home into a DIY escape room! It's all the fun of a regular escape room but crafted to captivate youth ages 10-19 with engaging puzzles and a story line that will ignite your imagination!

Community Coming Together (CCT) is proud to partner with MHPL to offer these kits to families to enjoy and learn about perseverance, facing challenges, working as a team, and many other growth mindset skills. 

Kits available to pick up at MHPL for the month of October; while supplies last.

Tune in to our Instagram Live stream (@mhplteens) once a month where your Youth & Community Librarian, Stephanie, will be recommending a variety of YA fiction and non-fiction available in our collections including our e-collections (Overdrive's Libby and rbDigital).

Next Book Chat Dates:

  • Monday, October 19th @ 7pm - Spooky Reads for Halloween

Previous Book Chat Videos & Recommendations:

Check out our YouTube page or InstagramTV channel for step-by-step crafting tutorials with Youth & Community Librarian, Stephanie! Make sure to tag us on Instagram or TikTok using #CraftingWithStephanie if you post a picture or video of your creation.

What is TIC-TAC?

Teens Initiating Change – Together and Committed (TIC-TAC) is a council of teen volunteers, ages 13 – 19 who work with the Youth and Community Librarian at the Medicine Hat Public Library to help the Library become a more inviting, appealing place for teens, and to enhance teen library services and programs in the community. New members are invited to join in September of each year. If you’re interested in joining TIC-TAC fill out an application, and submit it at the Library or to our Youth and Community Librarian at stephaniek@shortgrass.ca.

You can become a member if you are:

  • Between the ages of 13 and 19 years old (grades 7 – 12)
  • A library member (cards are free!)
  • Able to spend about 7 hours per month with the group
  • Enjoy working with others as a team
  • Interested in the Library and improving library services for teens

New members are invited to join in September of each year. If you’re interested in joining TIC-TAC fill out an application, and submit it at the Library or to our Youth & Community Librarian at stephaniek@shortgrass.ca.

  • Is an advocate for teen and library services
  • Attends monthly meetings (Sep – Jun)
  • Enhances and updates the teen collection
  • Helps plan fun and engaging teen nights
  • Attends teen nights and assists with preparation and clean-up
  • Helps recruit new members
  • Create partnerships between TIC-TAC, the Library, and the community

  • Learn new skills and leadership roles
  • Make a difference in the community
  • Enhance resume and/or college application
  • Promote literacy and help others
  • Meet new people and enjoy fun activities
  • Have your ideas matter

TIC-TAC meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm*.

  • September 30th
  • October 29th
  • November 26th
  • December 10th

*With the exception of Wednesday, September 30th.


TIC-TAC 2019/2020 President Emily Hess & Vice President Caitlyn Cloke.

If you’re interested in joining TIC-TAC fill out an application, and submit it at the Library or to our Youth & Community Librarian at stephaniek@shortgrass.ca.