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

We are so excited to offer new and exciting  in-person programming for Teens (ages 13 - 19) ranging from anime nights, crafting, videogames, and book clubs. See below for details. Registration is required for a majority of programs and masks must be worn for in-person programs.

Call to register: 403-502-8525
Email to register:
stephaniek@shortgrass.ca

Teen Craft Club
Thursday, November 19th @ 6:30pm

Honor Currie Room
Learn how to make your own mask strap and/or lanyard using 90's-inspired Kandi beads! All supplies provided.

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, November 24th @ 6:30pm
Legion Room

We will be reading and discussing Reverie by Ryan La Sala, a fantasy novel full of witches and secret worlds. From November 2nd - 16th there will be unlimited eBook and eAudiobook downloads available on the Libby app, or grab a physical copy here.

Virtual Mario Kart Tournament
Wednesday, November 25th @ 4:00pm

We're taking video gaming online! Start your engines for an hour of high-speed online Mario Kart racing fun! Code to join: 2192-15656491. Add us on Switch with the Friend Code: SW-16092784-5200. Watch the tournament stream on Twitch or join the Discord chat.

Virtual D&D
Saturdays, various times

We are offering virtual Dungeons & Dragons sessions using Roll20 and Discord. For more information and to register for a session, please contact andrewp@shortgrass.ca.

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.

It's time to unwind your mind with and do some self-care with a DIY Stress Ball Take Home Kit!  

Kits available to pick up at MHPL for the month of November; while supplies last. For youth ages 10-19.

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, November 16th @ 4pm - Historical Fiction
  • Monday, December 14th @ 4pm - Wintery Reads

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 2020/2021 President Matthew Miller & 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.