Medicine Hat Media

Archive for the ‘Medicine Hat Public Library’ Category

The Big Fix, a film about the Deepwater Horizon sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, is the featured film for the beginning of the fall season of Cinema Politica. It will be shown at Medicine Hat Public Library on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7.00 pm.

The Big Fix looks at the root causes of the offshore drilling rig sinking in the Gulf on April 22, 2010. This disaster created the worst oil spill in history. The film exposes the root causes of the spill and the massive cover-up that followed by BP. In making the film, filmmakers uncovered a vast network of corruption exposing a government that puts the pursuit of profit above all other human and environmental needs.

The film features Peter Fonda, Amy Smart and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The Big Fix was an official selection at the Festival de Cannes in 2011.

Cinema Politica and Monday Night at the Movies/Friends of Medicine Hat Public Library are cosponsors of this free program.

For more information about the film, go to

For information about Cinema Politica, go to

For local information, contact Dave Bahnmiller at 403-529-2209 or

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Calgary poet Kirk Ramdath presents a reading of his work at Medicine Hat Public Library on Tuesday, September 18 at 7.00 pm. The reading will take place in the Honor Currie Room.

Kirk Ramdath is the author of Love in a Handful of Dust, published in 2011. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Canada with his family in 1989. Since 2005 he has been a regular presence at Calgary art, poetry and music events as a performer and as a publisher and organizer of events.

Kirk Ramdath’s visit is made possible through funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Kirk Ramdath may be contacted at or at 403-714-5517. For more information go to

For more information, call Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533.

Medicine Hat’s Rhyme & Reason Writers’ Club presents an evening of readings on Thursday, September 6 at 7.00 pm. The program takes place in the Honor Currie Room at Medicine Hat Public Library.

The evening will consist of stories and poetry written by the members of the club. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

The Rhyme & Reason Writers’ Club is a group of Hatters interested in writing and dedicated to supporting their members in sharing, learning, growing and developing their talents as writers. The members come from many different backgrounds: they are young and old, in the work force or retired. Over the years the club has published a number of anthologies of their work. The most recent, Words in Flight, celebrates their thirtieth anniversary. They meet regularly to share and critique their work.

For more information, contact Shannon Logie at 403-832-2695 or Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533. Visit their website at

The Medicine Hat Public Library is hosting Love at the Library, a singles’ evening, on July 21st 2012 from 7-10pm for singles between the ages of 30 and 49. The event will be held on the lower level of the library and will include speed dating, trivia, games, prizes, and the ever-popular Mix and Mingle Cafe. Please note that regular library services will not be available during this program. To register for Love at the Library, please visit the Information Desk at the library and pay a $20 deposit fee to save your spot. This fee will be refunded upon your attendance or in case the program is cancelled.

For more information please phone the Information Desk at 403-502-8525.

Calling all Tweens, Medicine Hat Public Library has a new program for 10-12 year olds. MHPL will kick off our Tween Nights with a Harry Potter event on Monday July 9th. Join us from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Honor Currie room (lower level) for a night of Harry Potter, Hogwarts and magic!

Magical and muggle tweens are welcome to come test your knowledge of Harry Potter and the wizarding world. Test your ability to guess which Harry Potter character you’re given in transformation dilemma. In teams, you’ll be challenged on your knowledge of the magical world in Dumbledore’s jeopardy. Try to win some edible wands in Burrow bingo. Jump on your broom or get in your flying car and come join us for a night of Hagrid size fun at Medicine Hat Public Library’s Harry Potter Tween night!

Mark your calendars for Graphic Novel tween night Monday July 23rd, Live Clue tween night Monday August 3th, and Old Skool Tech Crafts Monday August 27th.

For more information about tween nights, please call the library at 403-502-8526.

Cover image:

The One Book One Community Committee is pleased to announce that the 2012 book selection is The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. The 8th annual OBOC event will take place the evening of Friday October 12, 2012 at the Esplanade and continue on Saturday October 13 at Medicine Hat College with a day of activities and book discussions. Copies of the book are available for loan at the Medicine Hat College Libraries and Medicine Hat Public Library. The book can be purchased at Coles the Book People in Medicine Hat Mall and is included with some Medalta in the Historic Clay District memberships.

Nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008, The Cellist of Sarajevo is set during the siege of Sarajevo in the 90’s. The book is inspired by the true story of Vedran Smailović, a cellist who plays daily amid the ruins to honour 22 people killed while waiting in a bread line. This gripping and unforgettable novel tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst.

One Book One Community is organized by representatives from Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat Public Library, L.E.A.R.N., Community Employment Services, a division of REDI Enterprises Society, the Esplanade, FUT in the Hat, and interested members of the public. Past sponsorship for this event has been provided by the City of Medicine Hat and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

For more information about One Book One Community, or to be involved in this year’s event, please contact Leigh Cunningham at 403-504-3654 or at or visit the website at

If a Tree Falls, a film about the Earth Liberation Front, is the featured film for the spring seasoning ending of Cinema Politica. It will be shown at Medicine Hat Public Library on Monday, May 28 at 7.00 pm.

If a Tree Falls is the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, an organization which the FBI has called America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. The film focuses on Daniel McGowan, his transformation and radicalization and is equally a coming of age tale and a cops and robbers thriller. The film asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism and the way we define terrorism.

This film won the Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was a nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Cinema Politica and Monday Night at the Movies/Friends of Medicine Hat Public Library are cosponsors of this free program.

For more information about the film, go to

For information about Cinema Politica, go to

For local information, contact Dave Bahnmiller at 403-529-2209 or

Just in time for the gardening season! Lethbridge horticulturalist, June Flanagan, will present a free program on vegetable gardening on Monday, May 14 at 7.00 pm. This event takes place in the Library Theatre, Medicine Hat Public Library.

From planting to picking, June Flanagan presents an illustrated program with plenty of tips to help gardeners grow fresh homegrown food just a few steps away from the kitchen. Her images of prairie-hardy fruits, heirloom salad greens, crisp root vegetables, fresh herbs and edible flowers will inspire gardeners to create gorgeous growing spaces that yield bountiful harvests.

June Flanagan is a botanist, horticultural consultant, author and photographer with a M Sc. in Plant Science and a B. Sc. in Environmental Horticulture. Her professional career of over thirty years includes work as a botanical garden specialist and as a research associate on studies of native plants as well as temperate and tropical food crops. She has cultivated plants in the challenging Chinook zone of southern Alberta for fifteen years. Her fourth and most recentt book, Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens: the best fruits and vegetables, is a comprehensive guide to growing over 100 fruits, vegetables and herbs using organic and sustainable gardening practices in a short-season climate. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 7.00 pm, Medicine Hat Public Library

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has long been known as a city of culture. A slide presentation highlighting some of its attractions will be shown at Medicine Hat Public Library on Tuesday, May 1 at 7.00 pm.

Buenos Aires, with a population of close to 3 million, is the second largest city in South America, second only to Brazil’s Sao Paulo. Its renowned opera house, the Teatro Colon, is one of the five top international venues and has welcomed the world’s performers since 1912. Buenos Aires is known for its many bookstores and houses the largest and best bookstore, El Ateneo, in South America. The city is host to the annual La Noche de Librerias, a night dedicated to celebrating bookstores, with street closures for performances, author readings, entertainment and crowded bookstores. Museums and art galleries abound, the legacy of a wealthy upper class from the 1880s to the 1920s.

The slide presentation will include a side trip to the mighty Iguazu Falls on the borders of Argentina and Brazil.

The presentation will be made by Hilary Munro who spent November in the city and environs.

For more information, contact Hilary at 403-502-8533.

Special Deliveries Doula Services presents an informational evening on the vaccine controversy featuring the PBS Frontline documentary The Vaccine War. This will be followed by a discussion of the pros and cons of vaccination by two local health practitioners. Dr. Jason Schneider, a naturopathic doctor, will speak against vaccination and suggest alternatives. Dr. Vivien Suttorp, South Zone Medical Officer of Health, will speak in support of vaccination.

Free admission. Co-sponsored by Medicine Hat Public Library.

For more information, please contact:

Sheila Drummond
Head, Reference Services
Medicine Hat Public Library

You are currently browsing the archives for the Medicine Hat Public Library category.



p include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/sidebar.php'); ?>