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: jenniferm@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 18 | 7-8 PM | Library Lawn
Not your ordinary book club! Join us for 7 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.

Teen Poetry Club
Monday, July 11, 25 and August 15 | 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.

K-Pop and Cake Pops
Tuesday, July 26 | 6:30-7:30 PM | Honor Currie Room
Whether you're die-hard fan or a k-pop newbie, come dance to Korean pop music and eat cake with us! For ages 13-19. Online registration is required.

5th Level 5Es
July 26 (Legion Room) and August 16 (Honor Currie Room) | 6:00-8:00 PM
In July we're celebrating Harry Potter's birthday and in August we're celebrating Percy Jackson! Bring your favourite 5th level D&D character and go for gold. Online registration is required.

Luminary Craft Kits
May 1 | Take-Home Kit
Make your own mesmerizing luminary! All supplies and instructions will be included in your kit. Pick up at the Library; available while supplies last.

Dungeons & Dragons
Every other Tuesday (May 3, 17, 31 & June 14, 28) | 6-8 PM
Adventurers wanted: All experience levels welcome! Help us create a fantasy world to quest and get up to shenanigans in. Online registration is required.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Come by the library to get free comics for all ages! For bonus cool points and to enter to win a prize, come dressed in your best cosplay. 

Teen Graffiti Workshop
May 26 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Honor Currie Room
Join us for a graffiti art workshop with local artist Jeff Goring / Sonz1.  Jeff has been spreading positivity with his art for over 20 years.  For ages 13-19. Online registration is required.

Teen Plate Smash for Mental Health
May 28 & June 4 | 3-4:30 PM | Medalta
Feeling stressed? Join us at Medalta to expend some energy by creating and smashing plates. CCT will also be there to lead us in a mental health discussion and fun stress-relieving activities. For ages 13-19. Online registration is required.

Beaded Suncatcher Craft Kits
June 1 | Take-Home Kit
Make your own beautiful Beaded Suncatcher! All supplies and instructions will be included in your kit. Pick up at the Library; available while supplies last.

Teen Anime Night
June 30 | 6-8pm | Library Theatre
Celebrate the end of the school year with all things anime! Join us for candy sushi, crafts, and anime viewing. For ages 13-19. Online registration is required.

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.

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.

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.