Teens

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

Youthopia

The Honeycomb House 

The Honeycomb House, located on the lower level, is open for drop-in for teens in grades 7-12 up to and including age 19. Come to study, create, relax, videogame, and/or hangout after school and on weekends. 

The Honeycomb House Drop-In Hours:

Mondays CLOSED
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays  3:30 - 7:30 PM
Friday, Saturday, & Sundays  1:00 - 4:30 PM

Please review our Honeycomb House Space Rules before visiting.

Check out the latest Honeycomb House calendar below with special events happening every Wednesday and Sunday! Join our Honeycomb House discord server to stay connected 24/7

If you haven’t visited in a while, make a point to stop by and rediscover your library. 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. 

Stay up-to-date with all teen library happenings by following us on Instagram (@mhplteens), or TikTok (@mhplteens)!


Teen Programs

Click through the banners below to see our line-up of teen programs! Some require registration. And don't forget to check out the drop-in activities on Sundays & Wednesday in The Honeycomb House (calendar to the right of this text)!

For more information, please contact the Youth & Community Librarian:
Call: 403-502-8537

Spring Open Mic Community Showcase (All Ages)
Fri, May 24th from 6:45 – 9:00 PM
The Medicine Hat Public Library and Medicine Hat High Spoken Word Club are proud to present the Spring Open Mic Community Showcase! Enjoy an evening of music and spoken word by talented community members. Doors will be open from 6:45 - 7:00 PM then locked for your safety. Want to sign-up to perform? Register here!

Exam Kits
Starting Tues, June 4th until supplies last 
Junior and senior high school students! Come pick up a free Exam Cram kit packed full of self-care goodies and exam prep help at the Information Desk. In partnership with Community Coming Together and My Place/HUG.

TeenVerse Reads: Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore
Thur, June 6th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Two neurodivergent non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake - but can they keep their worlds above water intact? Read "Lakelore" to find out! At our meeting we will also be making Alebrijes, paper-mache mythical creatures, and playing a traditional Mexican festival game called “Loteria Mexicana!” Pick up the book starting May 1st and read as much as you can by the meeting date. Register here!

TIC TAC Presents: Beach Night
Fri, June 7th from 6:45 – 9:00 PM
It's our last exclusive after-hours teen night for this school year, and we're going all out with a Beach theme party! There will be cupcake decorating, sea glass and seashell art, a jello-o dig, sandcastle competition, and more! Doors will be open from 6:45-7:15 PM then locked for your safety. Snacks provided. No registration required.

Study Lock-In
Starting June 15th during library open hours
Are you a jr/sr high school student looking for a quiet place to study? The Honeycomb House will be open for quiet study all day from June 15th - 25th. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided to keep you fueled. You got this! No registration required.

Engaging with Sensory: De-stressing for Teens
Wed, June 19th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Feeling stressed from school, socialization, life, or in general? Come relax with sensory play at the Library! We will have several sensory activities to explore, as well as a quiet space with calm music. No registration required.


Study Help

Looking for help with homework, studying, and post-secondary prep? Check out these resources!


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. Applications for 2023-2024 are now CLOSED.

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