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

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: jenniferm@shortgrass.ca


Dungeons & Dragons
Every other Tuesday (November 9 & 23, December 7 & 21) | 6-8 PM
Adventurers wanted: All experience levels welcome! Help us create a fantasy world to quest and get up to shenanigans in. Registration is required by calling 403-502-8525. 

STEAM Teen Kits
Thursday, November 18 | Take-Home Kit
Time for some science! This kit contains instructions and materials for slime and binary bead bracelets or keychains. Bring your encoded binary bead message back to the library and we'll exchange it with someone else's secret message! Kits are first come first serve, available while supplies last.

Seasons Readings Teen Reading Contest
December 1-31
Curl up with a good book this December! Submit your winter reads until December 31 online here or at the library for the chance to win a Wintry Reading Basket! All in-person entries will receive a candy cane! If the book you read was borrowed from MHPL, you get your name entered twice! Must have a valid library card in good standing. Picture books and books read prior to the month of December do not qualify. 

Best Dressed Gingerbread Teen Night
Thursday, December 16 | 6:00-7:30 PM, Discord Server
Run, run, as fast as you can! Sign up for our virtual gingerbread person contest and put your decorating skills to the test. The first 10 to register can pick up gingerbread decorating kits, and anyone can join us on Discord for holiday trivia and games. Register for a kit by calling 403-502-8525.



Lit Loot
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 when 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.

Discord
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 Jennifer.

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.

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 24, 6-8 PM
  • April 28, 6-8 PM
  • May 26, 6-8 PM
  • June 23, 6-8 PM

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


TIC-TAC 2020/2021 President Matthew Miller & Vice President Caitlyn Cloke.

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.