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 summer line-up of teen in-person and virtual programs! For more information, please contact the Youth & Community Librarian:

Call: 403-502-8537
Email:
stephaniek@shortgrass.ca


Teen Craft-To-Go Kits
Available starting July 2nd & August 3rd
In July, pick up a kit to make a Soot Sprite craft in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the film, Spirited Away. Visit in August to pick up everything to make your own Scratch Art CD. Available while supplies last.


Flipping the Pages of Summer Reading Contest
July 2nd - August 31st 

Submit all your summer reads to online or at the Library for the chance to win one of two $100 cash prizes in July & August! All in-person entries receive a library loonie. If the book you read was borrowed from MHPL, you get your name entered twice! Must have a valid library card in good standing. Children's books and books read outside of the months of July and August do not qualify.


One Book One Summer
July 2nd - August 31st

We are excited to announce that we have not one, but two books selected for our Third Annual One Book One Summer program! Read one of the books this summer to be entered to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards! If you are between the ages of 10-14, you will be reading 'City of Ghosts' by Victoria Schwab! If you're between the ages of 15-19, you'll be reading 'Five Feet Apart' by Rachel Lippincott! Check out the physical book, eBook, or eAudiobook with your valid MHPL card then submit your entry form in the Library or online! One entry per person according to their age category.


OBOS "City of Ghosts" Book Club
Tuesdays @ 6:30 - 7:30pm on the Library Lawn starting July 6th

Not your ordinary book club! Join us for 8 weeks over the summer for fun activities, crafts, games, and exclusive swag based on our One Book One Summer title, 'City of Ghosts' by Victoria Schwab. You'll even receive an extra entry into the OBOS contest and a chance to win an author-signed set of the 'City of Bones' Trilogy for joining the book club! For ages 10-14. Book club will be held on the Library lawn so please bring your own sunscreen, hat, and water bottle. Registration required by calling 403-502-8525.


OBOS "Five Feet Apart" Book Club
Thursdays @ 6:30 - 7:30pm on the Library Lawn starting July 8th
Not your ordinary book club! Join us for 8 weeks over the summer for fun activities, crafts, games, and exclusive swag based on our One Book One Summer title 'Five Feet Apart' by Rachael Lippincott. You'll even receive an extra entry into the OBOS contest and a chance to win a set of the author's three books for joining the book club! For ages 15 - 19. Book club will be held on the Library lawn so please bring your own sunscreen, hat, and water bottle. Registration is required by calling 403-502-8525.


Teen DIY Nights
Mondays, July 26 and August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on the
Library Lawn
Join us in July for a Tiny Book Workshop to turn your favourite books into wearable tiny book keychains and necklaces! In August, make your own personalized pop socket. Teen nights will be held on the Library lawn so please bring your own sunscreen, hat, and water bottle. Registration required 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!
From June 14th - June 28th, enter our Discord-exclusive Art Contest for the chance to win a $50 Michaels craft store gift card!
For more information or help joining, contact Stephanie.

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, 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 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, 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

Adjourned for the summer.


TIC-TAC 2020/2021 President Matthew Miller & 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.