Teens

Teens at the Library

Teens (ages 13 – 18) 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).

Play videogames at the Library every Wednesday in July* and August from 7:00 - 8:30pm. A selection of Nintendo Switch and PS4 games will be available. You can even try your hand at Virtual Reality! Free snacks provided. 

*no session July 24

**For ages 13 - 18 located in the Honor Currie Room.

Back by popular demand, the Flipping the Pages of Summer reading contest is back! Submit all your summer reads to us for the chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes in July & August! Contest ends on the last day for each respective months, and names will be drawn on the first day of the following month.

Submit your reading RIGHT HERE or in-person at the Library. 

All in-person entries receive a library loonie. If the book you read was borrowed from MHPL, you get your name entered twice!

*Must be ages 13-18 and have a valid library card in good standing.

**Children's books and books read outside of the months of July and August do not qualify.

Introducing a *NEW* teen summer program... One Book, One Summer! Be a part of a community of like-minded readers AND have the chance to win! 

This year's selected book is Rick Riordan's The Hidden Oracle, winner of the 2019 Young Reader's Choice Awards: Intermediate Division: 

"In this book, the first in Riordan's Trials of Apollo series (a spin-off of his bestselling Percy Jackson series), the god Apollo is punished by Zeus and sent to Earth in the form of a gawky teenage boy. He is forced to serve a 12-year-old demigod girl who just recently discovered her powers, faces danger from an ongoing series of mythological creatures trying to kill him, and attempts to solve the mystery of why the Oracle of Delphi has gone silent." - Publisher's Weekly

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Starting in July, visit MHPL once you have read The Hidden Oracle to enter your name in the draw for a $100 gift card to the Medicine Hat Mall! Contest ends Thursday, August 22nd. Receive additional entries** into the draw by attending our One Book, One Summer events in July & August:

Blackout Poetry
July 2 - 12
In honour of the god of poetry, Apollo, try your hand at creating blackout poetry.
Available during library hours in Youthopia

Drop-in Book Club
July 18 & Aug 15 from 3-4pm
Drop in to eat snacks, make a camp bracelet or string art, and discuss The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.
Located in the Legion Room

Camp Half-Blood Escape Room
July 31 from 12-4pm
Suggested group sizes: 4-6 people
Do you have what it takes to escape the Apollo cabin at Camp Half-Blood before time runs out?
Session 1: 12:20-1pm
Session 2: 1:20-2pm
Session 3: 2:20-3pm
Session 4: 3:20-4pm
Email mirandal@shortgrass.ca or Call 403-502-8525 to register
Located in the Legion Room

Evening at Camp Half-Blood
Aug 22 from 5-8pm
Calling all Demigods! Come visit Camp Half-Blood for an evening and compete in a Three-Legged Death Race, compete in The Hidden Oracle Trivia Contest, and eat LOTS of pizza!
Email mirandal@shortgrass.ca or Call 403-502-8525 to register
Located in the Honor Currie Room

*Programs are for ages 13 - 18 
**Excluding Blackout Poetry

Youthopia

TicTac Group

TIC-TAC Teen Nights

Teens (ages 13 – 18) 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 Hang Out program booklet.

What is TIC-TAC?

Teens Initiating Change – Together and Committed (TIC-TAC) is a council of teen volunteers, ages 13 – 18 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 18 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 Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm on the following dates: 

  • September 25, 2019
  • October 30, 2019
  • November 27, 2019
  • December 11, 2019

Join us for one of our many Summer Teen Programs! TIC-TAC Nights will resume in September.


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Tic-Tac President Jesse Glock & Vice President Emily Hess.

If you’re interested in joining TIC-TAC please visit the Library to fill out an application.