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

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

The Library is Open! Click through the banners below to see our line-up of teen programs! For more information, please contact the Youth & Community Librarian:

Call: 403-502-8537
Email: stephaniek@shortgrass.ca

Flipping the Pages of Summer Reading Contest
Teens and tweens: submit all your summer reads for the chance to win one of four $50 gift cards to the Medicine Hat Mall in July & August. If the book you read was borrowed from MHPL, you get your name entered twice! Books read outside of the months of July and August do not qualify. For ages 10-19. Enter here or at the library.

Youth Book Club: Dragon Pearl
Thursdays, July 7 - August 11 | 7-8 PM | Library Lawn
Not your ordinary book club! Join us for 6 weeks over the summer for fun activities, crafts, games, and exclusive swag based on our One Book One Summer title "Dragon Pearl" by Yoon Ha Lee. You'll even receive an extra entry into the Flipping the Pages of Summer contest and a chance to win a copy of the next book in the series for joining the book club! For ages 10-16. Online registration is required.

Youth Poetry Club
Monday, July 4, 18 and August 8 | 2-3 PM | Legion Room
Receive a poetry kit with free things: A notepad, a pencil, crafts, and boundless imaginings! Write a poem or two, then come and meet for a talk, snacks, and group activities. Online registration is required.

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.

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 online, or ask for one in-person at the information desk and submit it at the Library or to our Youth and Community Librarian.

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 online, or ask for one in-person at the information desk and submit it at the Library or to our Youth and Community Librarian.

  • 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

  • September 23, 7-8 PM
  • October 28, 6-8 PM
  • November 25, 6-8 PM
  • December 9, 6-8 PM
  • January 27, 6-8 PM
  • February 24, 6-8 PM
  • March 31, 6-8 PM
  • April 21, 6-8 PM
  • May 19, 6-8 PM
  • June Wrap-Up Party TBD

All dates subject to change; please contact Jennifer with any questions.