Thanks to generous funding by the Kinsmen Club of Medicine Hat, the Kinsmen Children's Library opened in 1992. For nearly thirty years, the Children’s Library has been a beloved destination for children, parents, and caregivers. The floors have absorbed thousands of tiny footprints and the walls have heard countless stories of fantasy, mystery, and intrigue. In 2020, the Kinsmen Club renewed their commitment to enhancing literacy in our community by donating $159,000 over two years to fund a much-needed renovation of our well-loved space.
With their generous funding, we have been able to replace the flooring, paint the walls, create a new service desk, hang acoustic baffles, and commission artwork. With the second round of funding we received in 2021, we will replace our worn, rusted shelving and put some finishing touches on the space.
If you haven’t been in awhile, now is the time to rediscover your library! Stop by to pick up books, movies, music, video games, and more. If your children are preschool age they will love our Co-op Community Developmental Play Space, click here for more information about that space. Check out our program booklet to find upcoming programs for all ages.
If you have questions about Children’s Services, programs, collections, or memberships please phone 403-502-8526.
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Children’s library borrowing cards are available free of charge. We require that a parent or legal guardian sign as a guarantor for patrons under the age of 13. Visit us to sign-up.
The Children’s Library has materials at various levels to meet the needs of children from infancy through the tween years (ages 10 - 12).
Our non-fiction collection contains information items for both popular browsing and homework support. We carry a variety of popular children’s magazines and have a large selection of children’s audio visual materials.
Our fiction collection contains board books, picture books, beginning readers, beginning chapter books, and novels for children. We also have a collection of totes which are thematic kits containing a combination of books, CDs, toys, and/or puzzles which can be checked out just like a book.
Loan periods are 3 weeks for most items with some exceptions. Reference items may only be used in the Library.
In addition to our physical collection we have a number of electronic resources for eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, magazines, and even online study help. Try the following resources:
We host events for all ages, most of which are free of charge. To see what’s coming up take a look at our events calendar and program booklet. Please note that age limits for our programs are based on developmental and social targets appropriate to the age group. In order to participate, a child must be within the posted age limit by the day of the program. We do not grant exceptions to our age limits as this could be seen as discriminatory to those who have not been admitted into a program. Thank you for your cooperation.
For general information, renewals, holds, etc., please call 403-502-8526.
For all other children and youth services inquiries, please contact Carol Ann Cross-Roen, Head of Youth Services at 403-502-8532 or by email.
The Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club has been a generous sponsor of our Ride the Road to Reading initiative for the past eleven years. They make it possible for us to visit fourth grade classrooms to tell the students all about the benefits of being a lifelong library user. We offer fourth graders a tour of the Library, waive their fines/fees, and enter them into a draw for GREAT prizes like bikes, iPads, Medicine Hat Mall gift cards, and more!
THANK YOU to the Medicine Hat Sunrise Rotary Club for their continued support of literacy initiatives in our community!
Grade 4 teachers: Give Carol Ann a call to schedule a visit from one of our library ambassadors in April or May. 403-502-8532