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Teens

This page is dedicated to everything Teen & YA at the Medicine Hat Public Library.
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!


Teen Programs

In light of the most recent Alberta Government's COVID-19 restrictions and declaration of a Public Health Emergency (November 24th), we have decided to cancel all in-person programming for the interim future. Please call or email for more information.

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

Click through the menu below to see our current offerings of virtual teen programs!


Lit Loot
Various times, pre-booked curbside pick-up
Introducing MHPL's first-ever book subscription box for teens (ages 13 - 19)! Fill out the Lit Loot online form and we will select two library books for you to check out based on your listed preferences, and we'll add a few surprises to create your own personalized Lit Loot bag! Return the books by their due date - the rest of the loot is yours to keep! The library will contact you whe your Lit Loot is ready for pick-up. You can request one Lit Loot per month. Must have a valid MHPL card in good standing to participate.

Black History Month Teen Book Giveaway
Contest open until February 28th
For the month of February, we are celebrating Black History Month and spreading the love by hosting a book giveaway! Enter to win a copy of Nandi Taylor's, a Black Canadian author, debut fantasy novel "Given," and a prize pack from local Black-owned Pure Sweet Honey! Open to teens ages 13-19 with a valid MHPL card.

Paint Chip Mosaic Craft Kit
Starting February 1t, until supplies last
Create a mosaic piece of art using paint chips! Makes a great gift or a unique piece of room décor. Supplies and instructions provided. Please call 403-502-8525 to reserve your kit. For ages 10 - 19.


Friday Night Gaming
Friday, February 12th & 26th; 4:00 - 6:00pm
Join us online for two jam-paced hours of gaming! From Switch Online Play, to Among Us, to Jackbox Games... there will be something new to play ever session! Registration is required to receive each session's private gaming codes. Call 403-502-8525 to register. For ages 13-19 only.

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.

Check out our YouTube page or InstagramTV channel for book recommendations available in our collections including our e-collections (Overdrive's Libby)

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.