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).


Virtual Readathon

Stuck at home with nothing to do? Join our *new* Tween/Teen Virtual Readathon! (ages 10-18) There's no better time than the present to pick up a new book or finish that book series sitting on your shelf! 

Submit all of your reading to us ONLINE starting Monday, March 23rd until Tuesday, June 30th for the chance to win a $100 Amazon Digital Gift Card! 

Submit Here!!

  • For Tweens & Teens ages 10-18!
  • Submissions cannot include books read prior to Monday, March 23rd
  • Must fill out the online form in its entirety
  • Post a picture on Instagram of yourself reading, and tag us @mhplteens with #TeenVirtualReadathon for an extra entry

Even though the Library is closed to the public at the moment, there are multiple ways how you can still get books!

Don't know what to read? Check out one of our many librarian-curated book lists!


Calling all Medicine Hat tweens and teens ages 10-18! 
We want to hear about how you are helping yourself, your community, and the world in this pressing time! 

Introducing: The Physical Distancing Challenge!
There are 50 activities that you can participate in for the chance to win a $100 Amazon Digital Gift Card! Ends Tuesday, June 30th.

Click Here to view the list of 50 activities

Every activity completed = one entry into the draw. The more activities you complete, the more entries you get, and the higher the chance you will win the prize!

Ways to submit an activity:

When submitting each activity please provide your full name, your phone number, your age, the activity number, and the date. You can submit multiple activities per day, but only one response per activity.



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).

List of Teen Book Chat Recommendations

Teen Read Aloud

Tune in to our Instagram Live stream (@mhplteens) every Thursday at 4pm where your Youth & Community Librarian will be reading a variety of teen graphic novels and YA novels! 

Pemmican Wars

Red River Resistance

Skeleton Tree Ch. 4



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 our cancellations and closures at this time.

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 our cancellations and closures at this time.

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.

*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 our cancellations and closures at this time.


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.