Teens

Youthopia

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) and TikTok (@mhplteens).


One Book One Summer

OBOS is back! This year, we're reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling (winner of the YRCA 2020 Intermediate category). Read the book by borrowing a physical or electronic copy (e-book or e-audiobook) from us, then enter to win a $100 MH Mall gift card from July 2nd - August 31st! 

Check out our cool promo video about the book and program!

Enter Here!!

For tweens/teens ages 10-18 with a valid MHPL card.

Tune in to our InstagramTV channel (@mhplteens) every Thursday to listen to excerpts of Insignificant Events in the Life of Cactus by your Youth & Community Librarian, Stephanie! 

Special thank you to Sterling Children's Books for allowing us to read excerpts of this book on our InstagramTV channel; All Rights Reserved, Sterling Publishing Co. 

Week One Video

Stagecoach Pass, the amusement park in "Insignificant Events in the Life of Cactus," doesn't have a roller coaster attraction, so we want you to create your own roller coaster design by creating a Marble Run! You can use any materials you like (cardboard tubes and boxes for example), and it can be any size! But a marble must be able to travel from the top to the bottom of your Marble Run.

From July 2-31st, share your video and/or pictures of your marble run to us on Instagram or upload them to your Google Drive account and email them to stephaniek@shortgrass.ca and you will be entered to win a Summer Fun Pack full of books and goodies!

Example Marble Run: 

For tweens/teens ages 10-18.

Coming August 2020!


July BINGO for Tweens & Teens

Download your BINGO card for the month of July and complete the activities to make a BINGO! From July 2-31st, submit your BINGO to us to be entered to win one of two $25 Coles and EB Games gift cards! You can submit multiple, unique, BINGO's throughout the month. 

Submit Here!!

For tweens/teens ages 10-18.


Wheel of Reading

Introducing: Our own virtual summer reading game called THE WHEEL... OF... READING!!!

We want to help make reading FUN with our new virtual summer reading game, The Wheel of Reading! Since we couldn't offer our regular Monoporead game this year, we created this online version as a way to get you excited about borrowing new books. We encourage you to play often, up to once per day. Schedule a no-contact pick-up to get the recommended reads that the wheel suggests or come in during open hours.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY!

If you need a little demo on how to get started, watch this short video.

At the end of the summer, we'll throw ALL players' names into a hat and draw FIVE children/tweens and FIVE teens/adults to win $50 gift cards to Chapters/Indigo!


Crafting with Stephanie

New step-by-step crafting tutorials every week* 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.

*as long as we are able


Teen Book Chat

Tunie in to our Instagram Live stream (@mhplteens) every Monday at 7pm where your Youth & Community Librarian will be recommending a variety of YA fiction and non-fiction available in our collections including our e-collections (Overdrive's Libby and rbDigital).



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.

*Please note, all Teen Nights have been suspended until further notice due to the current pandemic. Please read our Blog about all of current and future reopening plans.

TIC-TAC Teen Nights run from 7-9:30pm, but entrance to the program occurs only from 6:45-7:15pm. To learn more about each TIC-TAC Teen Night, check out the most recent Hang Out program booklet.

*Please note, all Teen Nights have been suspended until further notice due to the current pandemic. Please read our Blog about all of current and future reopening plans.

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 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 Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

*Please note, all in-person TIC-TAC meetings have been suspended until further notice due to the current pandemic.  Please read our Blog about all of current and future reopening plans.


TIC-TAC 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.