Radio Book Spot #292 The family plot

This is Norma Graham from the Hanover Public Library with this week’s Radio Bookclub on Bluewater Radio.

If you’re in the mood for a darkly funny, scary ghost story, I’ve just the book for you! Cherie Priest’s “The Family Plot” is a haunted house story with enough twists and turns to keep you reading long past bedtime.

Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he’s thrilled when elderly Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.

The crew finds a handful of surprises right away. Firstly, the place is in unexpectedly good shape. Why does Augusta want it destroyed? And then there’s the cemetery, about thirty fallen and overgrown graves dating to the early 1900s, Augusta insists that the cemetery is just a fake, a Halloween prank, so the city gives the go-ahead, the bulldozer revs up, and it turns up human remains. Augusta says she doesn’t know whose body it is or how many others might be present and refuses to answer any more questions. Then she stops answering the phone.

But Dahlia’s concerns about the corpse and Augusta’s disappearance are overshadowed when she begins to realize that she and her crew are not alone, and they’re not welcome at the Withrow estate. They have no idea how much danger they’re in, but they’re starting to get an idea. Something at the Withrow mansion is angry and lost. And it seems to be seeking permanent company.

The Family Plot is a terrific haunted house mystery perfect for those who don’t like to wade through buckets of blood and gore. It has a creepy narrative, a likable main character, and loads of mysterious questions to be answered.

Good reading, everyone. We’ll see you at the library.

 

Radio Bookclub Spot #295 All the Gallant Men

This is Norma Graham from the Hanover Public Library with this week’s Radio Bookclub on Bluewater Radio.

Just over 75 years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

Recently, at age 94, Don Stratton has published his memoir of that day and the difficult days that followed. It is the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona.
Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.

Don Stratton’s story of Pearl Harbor is terrifying, inspirational, and heroic, and it will move you to tears. All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable—and remarkably inspiring—memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years.
Good reading, everyone. We’ll see you at the library.

January 14, 2017

News release from the Hanover Public Library

Warm Up at the Library

Brrrr! We’re right into the depths of winter now (they talk about the dog days of summer, so what is it for winter – the polar bear days? Musk-ox maybe?). The Hanover Public Library has some ways to help get you through it if a trip to a Caribbean island isn’t an option.

Don’t let yourself get stuck in stay-home mode just because it’s winter! If you find you are in need of some motivation to get out for a stroll on these chilly days, come visit us at the library.

You can browse the shelves of books, DVDs, and audiobooks for something new to read, watch, or listen to. We have all the latest bestsellers, including new releases from Lisa Jackson, Danielle Steel, Diana Palmer, Stuart Woods, JoJo Moyes, and James Rollins, to name just a few. New movies include “Deepwater Horizon”, “Sully”, “Snowden”, “Florence Foster Jenkins”, and “Bridget Jones’s Baby”.

We have dozens of current and back-issue magazines to leaf through, from Architectural Digest to Vegetarian Times. Get some ideas for redecorating or woodworking projects, try out some new recipes, and even find out about some exercise regimens so you’re beach-ready in July!

Did you know that the library gets the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the KW Record, and the Owen Sound Sun-Times newspapers in every day? We even have comfy chairs that you can relax in as you peruse the headlines and wait for the feeling to return to your fingers and toes before you set off home again.

This is a great time to learn some new skills with computers, tablets, smartphones, and other gadgets. We have William and Kaylee available to assist you with technology questions, so call or drop by the library to make an appointment.

While you’re at the library, you can also check your e-mail on one of our public-use computers, buy some Town of Hanover garbage bag tags, and visit with friends that you’re sure to see, because the library is a destination for a lot of people all year round.

 

Upcoming Event

We are pleased to announce that Hanover’s police chief, Chris Knoll, will be at the library on Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm to give a talk on trends in local law enforcement. Chief Knoll will talk about what the past year looked like from the police perspective, and he will also be available for discussion afterwards. Admission to the talk is $2, and we ask that you please pre-register at the library so that we can ensure we have enough chairs for everyone. Call us at (519) 364-1420, or e-mail hanpub@hanover.ca for more information, or to get your name on the list of attendees.

 

December 23, 2016

News release from the Hanover Public Library

 

As we welcome in a new year, the Hanover Public Library would like to welcome you to all we have to offer. If you’re not yet a library member, make 2017 the year you join us, and begin to take advantage of our wonderful collections of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and magazines for all ages that you can borrow. We have all the newest bestsellers, with more arriving each week – and if you don’t see what you want, just ask and we will do our very best to acquire it for you. We can support your New Year’s Resolutions, too, with books on exercise, eating well, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Maybe your resolution is to take more time for yourself to read. We can help with that!

The Hanover Public Library is a terrific community resource that you will love to visit. Make it part of your 2017!

 

Minecraft Day Tuesday

 

Remember to register in advance for Minecraft Day on Tuesday, January 3 in the Saugeen Room. The fun starts at 1:30 pm, zombies and creepers and red stone, oh my! This is a program for kids age 5 and up, and it is free. Just call (519) 364-1420 or visit the library to get on the list for the event.

 

Adopt-a-Book

 

Want to do something nice for yourself and for the community? Try Adopt-a-Book!  Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose one or more titles from our wish list of books that will be published in the near future. You can also suggest a book, and if we feel it would have wide appeal and is available, you can ‘adopt’ it.
  1. When the book arrives, you give us a cheque for our cost.
  2. You get a tax receipt for the full amount of your donation, a bookplate recognizing your generosity if you wish – and you get to read it first!

There’s really no downside to this. It’s a great way to support the library and get a nice gift you can enjoy yourself. Ask at the library for more information about Adopt-a-Book.

 

 

December 16, 2016

News release from the Hanover Public Library

 

Wintertime is Library Time!

 

The weather outside has certainly been frightful, but the Hanover Public Library is warm and inviting and full of great books for that most excellent of winter pastimes: reading! Is there anything more cozy than sitting in a warm comfy spot with a good book while the blizzard rages outside? You don’t even have to leave the house to find a good read – just visit our website and log into Overdrive with your library card, and you can download books and audiobooks right to your computer, laptop, or handheld device. Of course, we are always happy to see you, so make the library your snowy walk destination. (If it is very stormy, please call ahead or check our Facebook page or Twitter feed in case we have had to close early so library staff can get home safely.) The library also offers movies and tv series, audiobooks on CD, and lots of magazines you can borrow and read with a cup of hot chocolate at your elbow.

 

Our children’s librarian, Christine Morrow, has planned some activities for kids during the holidays. On Friday, December 23 at 10 am, Story Time will include a Christmas craft, and Christine will be doing the draw for a set of classic Christmas story books. On Wednesday, Dec 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, meet Christine in the Saugeen Room for a bonus Lego Club. This is a free program, but please pre-register so we don’t overfill the room. On Friday, Dec. 30 at 10 am, Story Time will be Party Time, with crafts to celebrate the New Year. And on Tuesday, January 3 at 1:30, there will be a Minecraft Craft Day in the Saugeen Room. This is a free program, but please register in advance. Simply call the library at (519) 364-1420 or e-mail hanpub@hanover.ca to register.

 

We should remind you that the Library will be closed Dec. 24, 25, and 26, and Jan.1. We will also be closing at 3 pm on Dec. 31. Make sure to get in and select your holiday reading and viewing while we are open! The Hanover Library staff and board wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas: stay warm and read on!

 

 

December 9, 2016

News release from the Hanover Public Library

Holiday Hours at the Library

The Hanover Public Library will be closed for holidays on Saturday, Dec. 24, Sunday, Dec. 25, and Monday, Dec. 26, as well as Sunday, January 1. We will be open December 31 until 3 pm. We are letting you know now so you can plan to get in to the library to pick up your holiday books and movies when we are open! We have loads of Christmas-themed books and DVDs for all ages, so make the library your destination for holiday enjoyment.

It’s a Giving Time of Year

Many people in our community like to make donations to their favourite charities at this time of year. The Hanover Public Library has often been the beneficiary of this generosity, and we are very grateful for the support, because it means we can continue to develop our services to the community. When you are thinking of making a donation, please consider giving to the library. We have lots of projects that we would love to make happen, so feel free to call us or drop in and discuss how your gift could be used. The library is a registered charitable organization, so we can issue tax receipts for gifts over $10. You can be assured that your gift will be used in your community to make life better for you and your neighbours, by supporting the library that is open to all.

Holiday Activities for Kids

Christine has some fun activities planned for children over the Christmas holidays. On Friday, December 23 at 10 am, the usual Story Time will have a Christmas crafty twist! On Wednesday, Dec 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, meet Christine in the Saugeen Room for a bonus Lego Club. This is a free program, but please pre-register so we don’t overfill the room. On Friday, Dec. 30 at 10 am, Story Time will be Party Time, with crafts to celebrate the New Year. And on Tuesday, January 3 at 1:30, there will be a Minecraft Craft Day in the Saugeen Room, with zombies and creepers and red stone like you won’t believe!  This is a free program, but please register in advance.

Call the library at (519) 364-1420, or visit our website, hanoverlibrary.ca for more information. You can also Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2016

News release from the Hanover Public Library

Did somebody say ‘September’?

How quickly summer passes, even when it’s hot as blazes! Cooler nights and shorter days are imminent, and September is a fine time for new beginnings.

 

After a busy and exciting summer at the Hanover Public Library, we are looking forward to some wonderful fall events and programs. The monthly Lego Club for kids, the Monday homeschoolers’ sessions, and Stampin’ Up card making classes will begin again in September. Call the library at (519) 364-1420 or visit our website, hanoverlibrary.ca, for all the dates and times. Of course, you’re always welcome to drop by and visit too!

 

Do you love shows like “CSI” and “Cold Case”? If so, you will want to save the date for this event! The most famous cold case in Canadian history is the subject of an author talk on Saturday, September 24 at 2 pm. Clinton, Ontario teenager Stephen Truscott was wrongly convicted of the murder of Lynne Harper after spending many years in prison – some of it on death row. Truscott was later exonerated and released, but the 1959 murder was never solved. Truscott is said to have remarked that there were two people who know he didn’t kill Lynne Harper: himself, and the person who did.

Retired OPP sergeant, Barry Ruhl, has written a book entitled “A Viable Suspect”. Ruhl uncovered strong circumstantial evidence linking a man he calls Larry Talbot (not his real name) to that case, and a number of other murders. He says he approached his superiors in the 1980’s about this alternative suspect to Steven Truscott, but met with resistance to further investigation. Barry Ruhl will share details of his research and his conclusions about this famous Ontario cold case.

 

Admission to the Barry Ruhl author talk will be $5. Please register at the library in advance for this fascinating session, as it is likely to fill up.

 

Career and Life Skills Workshops

 

The Hanover Public Library is teaming up with the YMCA Community and Employment Services to help you make a new start this fall! The Y Employment is offering a terrific series of free workshops and information sessions, hosted by the Library. The hands-on sessions will help you discover your skills and strengths and where upgrades would be helpful to you. There will also be a session on on-line learning opportunities to open up opportunities for a better employment future. Watch for more details in upcoming editions of the Hanover Post, or contact the Library for further information or to register.

 

 

 

 

August 5, 2016

News release from the Hanover Public Library

 

Hanover Library Hosts International Bestselling Author

 

Join us at the library on Thursday, August 18 at 7 pm for a very special event. Bestselling writer Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of the historical novel “The Painted Girls” and “The Day the Falls Stood Still”, will be discussing her work and her upcoming projects.

Cathy Marie Buchanan’s The Painted Girls is a gripping novel set in belle époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s Little Dancer Aged 14 and the era’s most famous criminal trials. It was a #1 National Bestseller in Canada, and a New York Times bestseller. It garnered rave reviews and has been showered with special attention—everything from selection as a People Magazine pick to inclusion in Entertainment Weekly’s Must List to being named a best book of 2013 by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. It received the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award in 2014.

Chatelaine magazine’s review said “Cathy Marie Buchanan captures life in Paris during the belle époque—and the poverty at the time—with raw, rich imagery…You’ll be swept up in this emotional tale of strength and survival, punctuated by tantalizing facts about the world of ballet and the artists of the time.”

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear a top Canadian author speak about her work. Tickets are only $5, available at the library now. Our grateful thanks to the Hanover branch of Meridian Credit Union for their sponsorship of this event.

 

Fabulous Fun for Kids on August 24

Energetic. Unique. Hilarious. Thrilling. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the Craig Douglas’s comedy show. Audiences are invited along for a wild ride as Craig sprints from one thrilling feat to the next. Bowling balls fly, machetes whirl, torches blaze—and wait until you see what he does with a unicycle! When Craig takes the stage, he sets a frantic pace, punctuated by his comic patter. His boundless enthusiasm is contagious and he quickly has audiences roaring with laughter. What’s most fun for kids is Craig’s delight in getting them up on stage and taking part in the action.

Craig Douglas will be performing in the Hanover Civic Theatre on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $3 per person and are available now at the library. It’s sure to be a memorable day for kids and adults alike, so get your tickets in advance.

 

 

 

 

July 28, 2016

News Release from the Hanover Public Library

 

Summertime and the Reading is Easy

 

Don’t you just love summer? The bright days, the warm evenings, the long lazy weekends – all excellent opportunities to enjoy some good reading. The Hanover Public Library has what you need to satisfy your need to read this summer! Enjoy a great beach read by authors like Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Mary Kay Andrews, or Nancy Thayer. If you lean more towards the suspense thrillers, we have lots to choose from: stories of lone avengers like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher or John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee; legal thrillers written by authors such as John Grisham and David Baldacci; out-west police stories like the novels of C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, and Craig Johnson; and everything in between. Love a good cozy mystery with lots of humour? Try Sheila Connolly or Janet Evanovich. Like to be scared half to death? Try Michael Robotham or Kevin O’Brien. If you like a bit of paranormal with your mystery, try Karen White or Karen Robards. The library has it all, and we can help you connect with just the right book to make your summertime reading memorable.

The library is your source for regional tourism information and maps. If you are planning any road trips, check out our collection of over 1,300 audiobooks for all ages. You can listen to them in your car’s CD player and enjoy a great book while you drive! We also have an awesome collection of DVDs: everything from British drama series to recent blockbusters can be borrowed from the library.

Our Summer Reading Club events are continuing throughout August. We have programs on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for kids, as well as our regular story time on Friday mornings. Children who are part of the summer reading club can win prizes in our book draw and keep up their developing literacy skills over the summer. Make sure to get your tickets in advance for Craig Douglas, the Comic Juggler, who will be performing in the Civic Centre Theatre on Wednesday, August 24. Tickets are only $3 per person, available at the library.

Here’s a quick reminder to attend the upcoming author reading with Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of “The Painted Girls”, on Thursday, August 18. Admission is $5 and you can get tickets now at the library.

Enjoy summer more with the Hanover Public Library!

 

July 22, 2016

News release from the Hanover Public Library

Calling All Artists

 

Word is getting out that the Hanover Public Library is planning a gala fundraiser for this coming October. “Art Under the Stars” will feature the works of local artists to be displayed in the library.

For this event to be the glittering success we are hoping for, we need artists! If you are a visual artist or you know someone who is, please be in touch with the library at (519) 364-1420, or e-mail hanpub@hanover.ca. This will be a wonderful opportunity to make connections and raise your profile in the community.

If you love art, or love the library, or both, we hope to see you at the gala on October 22, so be sure to save the date!

 

World-renowned Author Visiting Hanover

 

If you love well-told stories that take place in the past, join us in the Saugeen Room on Thursday evening, August 18, for an evening with historical fiction writer Cathy Marie Buchanan. Her second novel, The Painted Girls, was a number one bestseller in Canada, a New York Times bestseller, and has garnered rave reviews and been showered with special attention—everything from selection as a People Magazine pick to inclusion in Entertainment Weekly’s Must List. It was also named a Best Book of 2013 by Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Her debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, was a New York Times bestseller and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection.

Tickets are only $5 and are available now at the library. Our thanks to Meridian Credit Union for their sponsorship of this event.

 

Coming Up in August for Kids

 

Have you ever seen someone juggle a bowling ball – while eating an apple? Craig Douglas the Comic Juggler can do it! Make sure to get your tickets in advance for his show on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00 pm. Craig is hilariously funny, and loves to get kids from the audience up on stage to assist him, so this is a not-to-be-missed experience for the children and grandchildren. Tickets are available at the library now, and they’re only $3 per person. They always go fast, so don’t delay!

 

July 15, 2016

Terry Fallis Author Reading Tickets Still Available

Do you love to laugh? If the answer is ‘yes’, we have a terrific event coming up that you will love! On Sunday, July 24, the Hanover Public Library and Sights & Sounds are presenting the bestselling author and humourist Terry Fallis! Terry will be speaking in the Civic Centre Theatre about his newest book, “Poles Apart”, which was nominated for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. He has been the winner of the Leacock award twice in the past few years, he’s just that funny! Recently, his first novel, “Best Laid Plans”, was made into a very successful mini-series.

If you have an hour or so on Sunday afternoon to stroll over to the theatre, and you feel like listening to a very personable, engaging, and hilarious author talk about his work, please join us for this not-to-be-missed event! Tickets are only $5 per person and are available now at the library or at the door.

If meeting and chatting with famous authors is something you find appealing, mark your calendar for Thursday, August 18 at 7 pm. The Hanover Public Library, with the generous support of the Meridian Credit Union in Hanover, is presenting Cathy Marie Buchanan, the bestselling author of “The Painted Girls” and “The Day the Falls Stood Still”. The Toronto Star review of “The Painted Girls” said “Cathy Marie Buchanan’s writing is so good that I rushed through this book .”

Tickets for this event are only $5 and are available at the library.

 

Computer Training at the Library

It seems that group classes in basic computer skills are less popular these days than they used to be. Our summer student, Riley, has decided to stick to having one-on-one sessions by appointment, and drop-in session where you can just come in and get help with your laptop, tablet, or phone.

If you would like to make an appointment with Riley, you can phone the library at (519) 364-1420, or e-mail him at rileyhpl@gmail.com. The drop-in sessions will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am until 1 pm. Everyone is welcome, and the help is free, although donations to the library are always gratefully received.

 

July 7, 2016

Children at the Library

We love kids at the Hanover Public Library. Kids and libraries go together like peanut butter and jelly, and we are happy to see young people in the library, finding books to read, shows to watch, and having fun at our library programs and events.

We do want to remind everyone that children under the age of 10 are not allowed to come to the library without a responsible older person with them. This is for the safety of the children, as library workers have many duties and cannot act as caregivers for young children. If a child under 10 is attending a program, please ensure a responsible adult is at the library to collect the child at the end of the program.

We want children to be safe at all times, and that is why we have this policy. Thank you for your understanding.

Tourism Info

The Hanover Public Library is your source for regional tourism information. We have loads of tourism brochures, maps, and booklets for everything from hiking and canoeing to theatre festivals and antiquing. Great daytrip ideas and information for longer forays are waiting for you at the library, so stop by and see what we have to help you plan your summer getaways.

If you have visitors coming from out of town, you might be interested in the Hanover Walking Tour Guides. These guides show photographs of some Hanover heritage landmarks, then and now, with suggested walking routes around town. These lavishly illustrated historical guides are only $5 and make a wonderful keepsake for your visitors or yourself.

 

Drop-in Help for Computer and Gadget Users

We announced recently that the library’s summer student worker, Riley Rier, will be teaching some classes and offering some one-on-one help sessions by appointment for people needing support in getting the most from their computers, tablets, and smartphones. Riley is also setting up some drop-in sessions for computer and gadget help. He will be waiting to answer your questions at the Library on Mondays from 10 am until 1 pm, and Saturday, July 16 from 10 am to 11 am.

Call the library at (519)364-1420 for more information, or pick up a schedule at the library information desk.

 

June 28, 2016

Tourism Info at the Library

The Hanover Public Library is your source for regional tourism information. We have loads of tourism brochures, maps, and booklets for everything from hiking and canoeing to theatre festivals and antiquing. Great daytrip ideas and information for longer forays are waiting for you at the library, so stop by and see what we have to help you plan your summer getaways.

If you have visitors coming from out of town, you might be interested in the Hanover Walking Tour Guides. These guides show photographs of some Hanover heritage landmarks, then and now, with suggested walking routes around town. These lavishly illustrated historical guides are only $5 and make a wonderful keepsake for your visitors or yourself.

Reminder: get your tickets for Terry Fallis author talk  

Get your tickets now for the author talk on Sunday, July 24 with award-winning Canadian author Terry Fallis. This is a joint presentation of the Hanover Public Library and Sights & Sounds. The fun starts at 2 pm in the Hanover Civic Centre theatre, when Terry Fallis will deliver a humorous talk about his most recent novel, “Poles Apart”. Tickets are only $5, available at the library and at the Sights & Sounds office in the P&H Centre.

Drop-in Help for Computer and Gadget Users

We announced last week that the library’s summer student worker, Riley Rier, will be teaching some classes and offering some one-on-one help sessions by appointment for people needing support in getting the most from their computers, tablets, and smartphones. Riley is also setting up some drop-in sessions for computer and gadget help. He will be waiting to answer your questions at the Library on Mondays from 10 am until 1 pm, and Saturday, July 16 from 10 am to 11 am.

Call the library at (519)364-1420 for more information, or drop by and pick up a schedule at the library information desk.

Upcoming Programs for Kids

If the kids are already starting to complain of being bored, bring them to the library – we are the boredom busters! On Tuesday, July 12, tweens aged 10-13 can join us for Sharpie Art – cost is only $2 per person! And on Wednesday, July 13, it will be Octopus Day for kids ages 5 to 11. This is a free program. Pre-schoolers (up to age 5) can enjoy Story and Craft Time every Friday morning starting at 10 am.

Programs take place in the Saugeen Room, and we need participants to sign up no later than the day before the program takes place so we can prepare enough materials for everyone. Just call (519) 364-1420 or drop in at the library to register. You can also e-mail hanpub@hanover.ca.

 

June 24, 2016

Computer Help With Riley This Summer

Do you want to learn how to get the most from your computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device? The Hanover Library can help. This summer Riley Rier is at the library as our summer student, and he is a whiz at teaching people at all levels of ability how to use technology.

Riley has planned some great Thursday classes so you can learn iPhone/iPad (July 7), social media such as Facebook (July 14), internet basics (July 21), managing digital photographs (July 28), and lots more! Please call or visit the library to get on the list for the classes.

If you prefer a one-on-one approach to learning, call the library at (519) 364-1420 or e-mail rileyhpl@gmail.com to set up an appointment. Riley has also scheduled some drop-in sessions, no appointment needed, on Tuesdays between 2 and 4 pm.

We only have Riley until the end of the summer, so make the most of this opportunity for free learning support at the library.

Kids Summer Reading Club Starts Next Week!

Summer Reading Club registration begins Monday July 4 at the library. When kids sign up, they receive a reading logbook, stickers, and a bookmark with a code that they can use to access activities on-line.

We will be building a reading snake all around the library! When kids visit the library with their log book, we can see how many books they have read over the week. Depending on how many books they have read, they will get pieces to add to the snake. There will also be draws for books and prizes, and lots of fun activities to participate in.

Whether you have kids at home all summer or grandkids visiting for a few days, the library will be the place to be! Get all the information about Summer Reading events and programs on our website, hanoverlibrary.ca, or drop in to the library and pick up a Summer Reading Club brochure.

Final Tally for Book Sale Fundraiser

Thanks to our many wonderful volunteers, donors, and customers, the annual book sale fundraiser brought in over $4,800 this year! The funds raised will help the library to provide our many services to the community. To everyone who contributed in ways large and small to this successful fundraiser, we sincerely thank you!

 

June 17, 2016

Summer Vacation Fun at the Library!

The 2016 Summer Reading Club at the Hanover Public is starting soon! This year’s theme is “Wild!”, and our children’s librarian, Christine, has certainly cooked up some wild good fun that will keep your kids engaged in reading during the summer holidays. Toonie Tuesdays for Tweens happen each Tuesday afternoon in July and August: for only $2, kids ages 10-13 can enjoy great activities including arts and crafts, and Little Bits engineering. Wacky Wednesdays are for ages 5-11, and activities are free of charge. We do ask that you please pre-register all participants for these programs as space is limited. Every Friday morning, Story Time for ages 1-5 will take place, no pre-registration required. There will be a special show in the theatre at the end of August – watch this space for more details!

There will be a brochure coming home from school soon, or you can stop by the library to pick one up at our information desk. Registration begins the first week of July. Our grateful thanks go out to the Hanover Lions Club for their generous support of the library’s summer reading club activities.

Thanks to Library Volunteers

We want to send a great big “Thanks!” to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this year’s fundraiser book sale such a great success! Many hands helped to sort, cull, display, replenish, and take donations for the materials sold. We could never have done this without their dedication, and we are very grateful. We want to send a special shout-out to Fiona Sheppard, who led the sorting team.

We also want to thank all of you who donated your gently-used books, movies, magazines, and puzzles to the sale. The funds raised from the sale will assist the library in doing our work in the community, supporting literacy and lifelong learning, and bridging the digital divide.

June 10, 2016

Annual Book Sale Happens This Weekend!

Finally, the weekend you have been waiting for has arrived: the Hanover Public Library’s Annual Book Sale happens this weekend! You will find a huge variety of previously-loved books, movies, magazines, puzzles, and more at the sale, which begins Friday, June 17. Everything is for sale for a donation, and we hope that you give generously to support the library’s important work for our community.

Here are the hours for the sale:

Friday: 9 am to 8 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm

There will also be a special preview night on Thursday, June 16, from 6 to 8 pm. There will be a $10 entry fee for this preview event, plus your donation for whatever treasures you find within.

Our grateful thanks go out to our volunteers who have spent many hours sorting material for the sale over the past several months; and to the hundreds of people who donated their good used books to the library.

Please be aware that we can take no more donations of materials until after the Labour Day weekend as we do not have access to the storage space during the summer.

Award-winning Author Coming to Hanover for Sights & Sounds!

Everyone knows about Sights & Sounds, Hanover’s annual street party that takes place in late July. What you may not know is that they have teamed up with the library to present an author reading during Sights & Sounds! Last year a very happy crowd welcomed author Dan Needles, who entertained with a wonderful talk about country life. This year, on the Sunday afternoon of the Sights & Sounds festival (July 24), award-winning author and humourist Terry Fallis will be speaking in the Theatre. He is going to be talking about his newest book, “Poles Apart”, which was just nominated for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour.

Terry first came to the nation’s attention when his first novel, “The Best Laid Plans”, won the 2011 CBC Canada Reads contest for the book that all Canadians should read. He also won the Leacock Award for the same book. Since then, Terry has gone from strength to strength: he has published four more books, and had “Best Laid Plans” turned into a miniseries on CBC television. Terry is a wonderful speaker, engaging, witty, and personable.

Tickets are only $5 per person and are available now at the library and also at the CIP office at the P&H centre.

 

June 3, 2016

Correction

A recent news release from the library stated that the library book sale is taking place June 12, but that is incorrect. The regular book sale starts at 9 am on Friday, June 17, and runs through the weekend. Before the sale begins, we will be offering a special preview evening on Thursday, June 16, from 6 pm to 8 pm. There will be an admission charge of $10 for the preview evening, plus the donation for any books purchased. Please call the library at (519) 364-1420 or see our website, hanoverlibrary.ca, for more information.

We will only be taking donations of books, puzzles, magazines, and movies until Saturday, June 11. After that, we will not be taking any book sale donations until after the Labour Day weekend in September, so make sure to get your stuff brought in to us very soon!

Information Session: Access to Reading for the Print-Disabled  

Be sure to attend the free information session happening at the Hanover Public Library on Wednesday, June 15 at 11 am. Representatives from CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access, will be discussing their many services for print-disabled Canadians. Print disability can mean visual, learning, or physical disability, and can affect people of all ages.

This is a free session but we would appreciate knowing in advance if you plan to attend so we can have enough chairs out. Please call the library at (519) 364-1420 or drop in to get your name on the list.

Author Visit During Sights & Sounds!

Tickets are now available at the library for award-winning author and humourist Terry Fallis, who will be appearing in the Civic Theatre on Sunday, July 24 during Sights & Sounds. Terry Fallis is the author of “Best Laid Plans”, winner of several awards including  the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, as well as CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011.

Tickets are only $5 and are available at the library. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet and hear a stellar Canadian author and speaker!

 

May 19, 2016

Thanks to Hanover Canadian Tire

The staff and board of the Hanover Public Library want to extend our grateful thanks to Dale Cousins and the fabulous staff at Hanover’s Canadian Tire store. This past long weekend, they sold a ton of beautiful hanging baskets of flowers for only $8.99 each, and donated $1 from the sale of each one to the Hanover Public Library. This is the second year that Canadian Tire has done this wonderful fundraiser for the library. Thanks so very much!

Info Session: Alternative Ways to Read

Make a note to attend the CELA session at the library on Wednesday, June 15 at 11 am. CELA is the Centre for Equitable Library Access, which is affiliated with the CNIB. CELA offers books and magazines in alternative formats such as mp3 discs and downloadable audiobooks for people with print disabilities, including learning, visual, and physical disabilities. This session is free but please sign up at the library in advance.

Reminder: Book Sale Contributions

The final day that the library will be accepting donations of books, movies, magazines, puzzles, and games is Saturday, June 11. Our wonderful volunteers need time to sort the material for the sale, which begins with a special preview evening on Thursday, June 16 at 6 pm. Tickets for the preview evening are $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. The regular sale begins Friday, June 12 at 9 am, and there is no admission fee. All material will be for sale for a donation.

Get Ready for the TD Summer Reading Club!

The library’s children’s librarian, Christine Morrow, is cooking up some wild fun for this summer’s reading club. The theme this year is Wild! You just know that she will have some super fun events and programs for kids this summer. Library membership is not required for them to participate.

Keeping children reading over the summer holiday ensures they practice their new skills, and it helps them to develop into lifelong readers.

Watch for the flyer to come home from school with them in June, or pick one up at the library starting in mid-June. You can also check out our website, hanoverlibrary.ca, and see what’s coming up.

 

May 13, 2016

Support Your Library and Get a Great Deal on Hanging Baskets

Do you want some luxurious hanging baskets of flowers that won’t cost a fortune? Make your way to Hanover’s Canadian Tire store on the Victoria Day weekend! The store will be selling hanging baskets overflowing with gorgeous annuals for only $8.99 each – and one dollar from the sale of each one will be donated to the Hanover Public Library!

Dale Cousins and his staff did this for the library last year, and they are generously doing it again for us this year. We hope everyone comes out to this event because it’s a win-win: beautiful flowers for you, and support for the library.

The sale begins when the store opens on Friday, May 20, and continues all weekend long (including the holiday Monday) so you will have lots of time to come see what’s available. Stop by the library display while you’re selecting your flowers and pick up a brochure about the library’s services, upcoming events, and programs. We will see you there!

 

Library Book Sale Happening Soon

The Hanover Public Library’s annual Gigantic Book Sale is coming up June 17-19. This is a big fundraiser for the library, and an event that many people look forward to with great anticipation. Gently used books and more are on sale for your donation, and all funds come to the library for

This year we are introducing a special preview evening on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 pm. Admission will be $10 for adults (children under 12 free), plus a donation for any material purchased. Please call (519) 364-1420 or visit the library for more information.

If you have material to donate – books in good condition, puzzles, games, magazines less than 5 years old, or movies – please bring them to the library before June 11, as our volunteers need time to sort the stuff and set up the sale.

Hanover Lions Club Steps Up for Summer Reading

Our grateful thanks go out to the Hanover Lions Club, which is once again supporting the kids’ Summer Reading program at the library. The Lions support literacy in their community, and the summer reading program at the library is a great way to support young readers as they work on acquiring and maintaining reading skills. Watch for the library’s Summer Reading flyer to come home with your child in June.