Seed Library

Seed Library

What is the Seed Library?

Blueberry in a pile of seed packages.

Our Seed Library is a free service of the Hanover Public Library. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this service. Our aim is to foster well being and community through the sharing of resources. Just like a Public Library, a Seed Library works on the basis of borrowing seeds for free. You can return any unused seeds back to the Library as long as they are in their original package. We provide a wide range of organic and heirloom vegetables, flowers and herbs. Looking for something specific? Ask the front desk staff today!

How Does it Work?

Visitors are allowed to take up to 5 packets of seeds per visit. This allows us to service as many people as possible. Select any combination of up to 5 packages, then use the provided check-out cards to write the types of seeds you are taking and hand the card into the front desk staff. This allows us to keep track of what we need to replenish.

How do I “Return” my seeds?

We will take back any unused seeds as long as they are dry, clean and in the original package. We also can accept any donations of new packages of seeds including: vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. You can drop off your donations to the Library front desk staff.

Why do we need a Seed Library?

According to the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit 1 in 6 households in Grey-Bruce are food insecure. They also reported that 1 in 5 children living in Grey-Bruce live in a food insecure household. Being food insecure means that these households do not have enough money to buy food. By having a free Seed Library and providing the community with the knowledge and tools to grow their own food, we can begin to reduce the number of suffering families and create a food stable community.

Pepperjack sits behind a growing stock of basil.

Growing Tips!

Some Seeds like to be started indoors

  • Start these seeds inside according to the time on the packet. Plant them in good quality soil near a bright window or light source
  • Before you take your plants fully outside they need to be hardened off. This means taking them outside for a few hours each day gradually increasing the length of time. This allows them to be exposed to wind and sun which will toughen them up.
  • Examples: Tomatoes, Peppers, Celery and Eggplant.

Plants like Space

  • Start these plants outside as directed on the packet.
  • Example: Peas, Carrots, Corn and Onions.

Some seeds like to be started outdoors

  • In small spaces only plant 1 of each type of plant. Ex. one pepper plant and one tomato plant
  • In larger spaces keep different varieties of the same plant away from each other to avoid cross pollination

List of seeds currently available

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Leafy Greens
  • Leeks
  • Melons
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes 
  • Rutabaga 
  • Sprouts
  • Swiss Chard
  • Squash 
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip, 
  • Zucchini 

How to place holds on Koha

How to place holds on Koha

How to place holds using the online catalogue

It’s easy to request items or “place holds” online! There are 4 basic steps.

If you don’t have a username and password for your library account, or you’ve forgotten what it is, contact us! You can come by the library, call us at 519-364-1420, or e-mail us at

Once you have your username and password, visit the library’s website:

Step 1: Find Koha

On the left side of the page, you will see a blue square with the word “koha” on it. Click on the word ‘koha.” If you have a phone or small tablet, scroll down to find “koha” below the menu.

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Step 2: Log in to your account

On the right hand side of the screen is a place for you to sign into your account. Enter your username and password and click log in.

Log in to your account screen shot how to place holds log in screen

Step 3: Find items

Now you can see what’s available and place holds on items you want to borrow. You can search by title, author, or subject.

Browse the quick links

If you want to see what’s new in our collection, click on Home and scroll down to the list of links.

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Use the search bar

You can also use the search bar to search for a specific item. We will search for “Summer Island” by Kristin Hannah.

screen shot how to place holds. simple search bar

If you want to learn more about the item, click on the title.

how to place holds screen shot results summer island

Step 4: Place the hold

Click on “Place hold” to put the item on hold. Your name will be added to the list of patrons waiting to borrow this item when it is available.

how to place holds page screen shot  detail page summer island

Click “Confirm hold.”

how to place holds. screen shot confirm hold screen.

You will now see the confirmation page.

how to place holds. screen shot summary screen.

You will receive an phone call or e-mail when the item is ready for you to pick up.

Changing your password

When signing into your account for the first time, be sure to change your password to something only you know, not something that will be easy for someone else to guess.

Scroll down your account page until you see the link “Change my password,” and click on that link.

Follow the prompts to change and confirm your password.

You are now ready to place holds!

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Ready to place your holds? Choose a selection below!

New fiction

New non-fiction

New DVDs

New large print


No More Late Fees for Children’s Items

Children’s items are now fine-free!

The Hanover Public Library is pleased to announce that for 2023, we will not be charging late fees on overdue children’s items. You heard that right!

We know how important it is to introduce children to reading, so with that in mind our library Board has decided to stop charging fines on overdue children’s materials.

Families with children might borrow a lot of items at once so a daily fine per item that is overdue adds up very quickly, which is unfair. We want to remove that barrier because we know that introducing children to books at a young age sets them up for success in life. We want to encourage everyone to introduce their children to reading!

We will continue to charge for children’s items that are lost or damaged.

We will still be charging fines on young adult and adult materials so items are returned promptly and we can continue to serve everyone efficiently.

Mom and child reading a children's book together.

Job Opportunity – Customer Service Assistant

Job Opportunity -Customer Service Assistant, part-time

Hanover Public Library seeks someone with a passion for helping people to join our team, starting July 2024. This is an exciting, rewarding, sociable and varied job. Part-time, flexible hours.

  • Monday 2:30pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday 2:30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 9:30am – 3pm
  • Alternating Fridays 10am – 5pm
  • Alternating Saturdays 9:30am – 4pm

We need someone with a welcoming and friendly personality, preferably with some library or transferable
experience. You will need to connect with our Hanover community, with excellent customer service skills;
effective oral and written communication in English; great literacy and numeracy skills, and the ability to
master a variety of automated systems, apps and software. You should have patience with people, the
ability to manage multiple tasks and interactions at once, an aptitude for detailed work, and discretion to
hold in confidence information relating to patrons, volunteers, staff and library business.

This position is responsible for staffing the Library Circulation and Information desk. Duties include
answering questions; helping people find what they need; using the catalogue system to find requested
items and for checking materials out and back in; booking appointments, handling money; operating a cash register, copier and fax machine; communicating in person, by phone and email; gathering statistics; and repairing, processing and reshelving library materials. This will include providing basic computer support for the public using our computers or their own devices in the library.

Hours: Varying shifts of 4 or more hours, average 20 – 25 hours weekly. Shifts include a mix of days, evenings and weekends.

Wage: Hourly. Starting level $18.80. (Town of Hanover salary grid, Grade 3.)

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

  • Library or transferable retail/public service experience
  • High School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, some post-secondary is an asset
  • Customer Service experience in face to face reception / retail / library work
  • Familiarity with public library services and procedures is an asset
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills with a wide range of reading interests
  • Competent with Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, social networks and email
  • Computer skills sufficient to learn the library Koha ILS system and other apps
  • Can provide a satisfactory police Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Strong communication skills and excellent customer service skills
  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Self-motivation and ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to interact well with people of all ages and work collaboratively in a team

Full job description


Please submit a complete resume and cover letter relating to the required skills, preferably by email, to be received no later than 9:00 p.m. Wednesday June 19, 2024.

Carolyn Caskanette

(C.E.O./ Chief Librarian)


Hanover Public Library

451 10th Avenue, Hanover, Ontario N4N 2P1

The Hanover Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. The library will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Applicants selected for interview must make their accessibility needs known in advance to ensure your equal participation. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used solely for candidate selection. We thank each applicant for their interest. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Territory Acknowledgement

Territory Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge and honour the land upon which this library stands as the historic and Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek Nation. We recognize and thank The People of the Three Fires, known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. And further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, known collectively as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

Map showing Traditional Territory of the Saukiing Anishnaabekiing Saugeen Ojibway Nation Treaties.

Learning about treaties & how they continue to shape the province today is an important part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Read more about the history of treaties in The Saugeen Ojibway Nation at:

In recognition that municipal boundaries are an ongoing colonial construct that ignores First Nations traditional territories, First Nations people with a status card or band membership of a local First Nation, and who are living in the traditional Saugeen Ojibway Nation lands, including Treaty 45 1/2, will be entitled to free library membership. In the spirit of original treaties, the library shall share its resources with mutual respect. The Hanover Public Library will continue to provide books and materials by First Nations and Indigenous authors in its collection. 

These actions are a part of the Hanover Public Library’s mission as a welcoming and upbeat community hub that fosters lifelong learning.

Watch a Storytime With Stephanie on YouTube

Watch Storytime With Stephanie on YouTube

Join in online, anytime to watch a Storytime with Stephanie. All books presented are from our library, so check the library catalogue to place holds.

Watch most recent episode of storytime here:

Enjoy the full playlist of Storytime videos here:

Loved the book that was read? Place a hold on it from our library catalogue!

Go to the Library Catalogue

Family Trivia

March Break Activities. Links to Kid's page.

Kahoot Family Trivia

Friday March 18th | 1:00 pm

Join us on Kahoot to test your Disney knowledge! Register your family team by emailing All participants will be entered into a draw for our March Break basket, and the winning team will get a prize of their own.

Prenda Coding Club Launch!

March Break Activities. Links to Kid's page.

Prenda Coding Club Launch!

Wednesday March 16th

Come be our beta testers for this new coding program!

No coding knowledge is necessary. Spots are limited and must be reserved in advance. Email to register.

Online Presentation of Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather with David T. Chapman

Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather with David T. Chapman

Join in online, anytime for a virtual presentation of Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather. In a country that is so vast and surrounded by large oceans, it is no wonder we have some of the most interesting weather in the world. It offers such a variety all year round because of its terrain, temperature variations and location. Learn about Fallstreak Holes, Superior Mirages and discover how far south the Aurora Borealis can actually be seen. This presentation covers North America’s weather uniqueness, power and beauty all wrapped into one. The presentation link will be available until March 31st, 2022. We are excited to bring you this engaging, fact-filled presentation that you may enjoy again and again! Free on behalf of Hanover Public Library.

Click on the YouTube Video Link here:

About David T. Chapman

David started doing photography at the age of 16. He is self-taught in the art of photography and has been pursuing his career professionally since the age of eighteen. David learned at a very young age from his father to appreciate his environment in the surrounding countryside. David likes to seek out unusual examples of nature such as albino robins, ice crystal formations and frozen water droplets. To date he has found multi-petalled Ontario trilliums, the highest of which had 33 petals. David is also a professional speaker and enjoys entertaining and educating a good crowd. His main areas of expertise are Weather/Aurora Borealis, Local Interests and Ontario Scenery of Ontario, Birds and Wildlife.