Truth and Reconciliation Day Resources

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation also celebrated as Orange Shirt Day, will be observed September 30th. This day calls on all Canadians to remember the history of residential schools, through the experience of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, and the intergenerational impacts of its legacy on First Nations and Indigenous peoples. 

Activities Honouring the Legacy of Residential School:

In our library, we intend to recognise the day in various ways, to raise local awareness of the Indigenous issues around Residential School and the long lasting damage it caused in their families and communities.  One action we can take is to educate our community, to further the cause of reconciliation and honour those lost children by sharing the stories of residential school survivors, their families, and communities. 

At the library, we will recognize this day by inviting our patrons to:

Every Child Matters
  • Read and promote the books we have on Residential School, Indigenous matters and books by Indigenous authors. We have created suggesting reading lists for adults Indigenous Matters reading list and for kids Talking About Residential Schools for Kids reading list
  • Watch visual story books on our large screen TV,  telling the stories of the residential school experience like The Orange Shirt Story
  • Encourage people to read and learn about the Residential School system and the pain and lasting damage that it caused to survivors, their families and all Indigenous people

Resources to read and learn about residential schools

Resources to read and learn about Truth and Reconciliation

A national Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419. Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at

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.

Library Browsing is Back!

In Library browsing is back!!! 

See the library shelves again! We are open for: browsing the shelves, borrowing books, using computers & more!

See and choose items to borrow

  • Browse the library shelves again
  • No appointment needed
  • Bring your library card

How to pick up holds:

  • Place requests by phone, email or log into the library catalogue
  • In person with your library card- no appointment needed
  • Express pick up (inside) or Curbside pick up (outside) available by appointment
  • See instructions on How to place holds on Koha

Computer and Wi-Fi internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi available inside the library
  • Use the library computers!
  • To use our computers you must book an appointment
  • Computer use will be limited to 45 minutes
  • Computer workstations can be sanitized upon request
  • Computer help with William – appointment required

Printing, copying and other courtesy services

  • Use Pinch to remotely print in advance then pick up by appointment
  • Learn how remote printing works
  • Photocopying, faxing and scan to email services
  • Purchase bag tags, pick up maps, tourist information, obituary research
  • Pickup of council packages – by prior arrangement to prepare a copy
  • Please call ahead of your visit

The following services will not be available yet:

  • Exam proctoring

Art Under the Harvest Moon Gala

Art Under the Harvest Moon Gala Event!

Art Under the harvest moon event poster

Saturday October 15th 2022, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

Location: Hanover Legion, 493 8th Avenue

Tickets: $50 per person

With the support of the Town of Hanover’s Innovative People Program this year, the gala committee has been working hard to make this event an elegant evening for all. This is your chance to get dressed up and join all our friends and supporters for an elegant evening, featuring:

  • An art show & sale showcasing creations by Saugeen Artists Guild members
  • Scrumptious appetizers catered by Harley’s Pub & Perk in Mildmay
  • Live music performed by Yuki Stocovaz and Beth Cruickshank
  • Live auction with auctioneer Dan Bailey.

The auction will include more than a dozen high-value, surprising and unique items and experiences, including Toronto Blue Jays autographed baseball, a gift certificate from Smitty’s Fine Furniture, a $200 gift certificate for Cobble Beach and overnight stays at luxury venues.

This is a library fundraiser! Age of majority event.

Tickets on sale now at Hanover Library!

Payment options: cash, Interac, or order by phone and pay by e-transfer.

Thank you to our Gold Level Sponsors

Electrical Contacts Ltd.

Grey Rose Suites

Meridian Credit Union

Smitty’s Fine Furniture


Thank you to our Silver Level Sponsors

Exceldor Foods

Fidler Moving & Storage

Gresta Limited

Hallman Motors

Inques Tattoo

Thank you to our Bronze Level Sponsors

New Life Mills

Blooming Babies Storytime

Blooming Babies story time is temporarily suspended.

A story time made just for you and baby!

Join the Children’s Librarian for songs, stories and rhymes made just for little ones. We made this a shorter storytime with more songs and rhymes to capture baby’s attention. Siblings are welcome to join the fun. Meet in the Children’s area every Tuesday at 10:30 am.

two babies looking a book. image for blooming babies story time post.

Teen Tie Dye Night

Friday August 19th

5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Ages: 12+

Cost: $8 per participant

On Friday, August 19th, the Hanover Public Library will be hosting a teen tie dye night. This program will be for anyone ages 12 and up and we will be tie dying tote bags! This event will start at 5 pm and end at 6:30 pm. 

Decorative image: tie dyed tote bags.

This event is going to be held in the Community Hall across from the Library. All materials are provided, and we suggest that you wear clothes that you are willing to get messy in. There is a fee of $8 and spots are limited, so come into the library to register.

For any questions email

StoryWalk® 2022

TD Summer Reading Club’s StoryWalk® 2022

A StoryWalkⓇ is a fun, outside activity that places a children’s book, page by page, in an outside place. Kids and their families have the opportunity to enjoy reading a book while spending time outside this summer. 

StoryWalkⓇ Location: Heritage Square (358 10th Street across from the library)

The story pages are numbered and follow a path around Heritage Square. You’re going to want to start at number one, which is located on the map with the big “Start Here!” arrow. 

Click the button below to see the virtual map to get started on your outside reading journey! Don’t forget to take pictures along the way and send them to us at

I am scary book cover image. Author Elise Gravel

After finishing the StoryWalk®, come into the library and tell us your favourite parts of the book! This will get you an extra entry into our Reading Club weekly prize draw.

Decorative TD Summer Reading logo.

Paint Nite

Paint Nite

August 8th | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Join us for a step-by-step tutorial of painting lead by Amy of The Imagination Space!

Location: Community Hall

Ages: 8-14

Cost: $15 per child

All materials provided. Registration required.

Fiero Code Coding Club

fiero code

Fiero Code Coding Club

Thursdays 1-2:30 pm

Ages 8+

Easy introduction to coding! Kids will learn coding in a fun video game like way!

Spots are limited, please pre-register in person at the library or by email to

TD Summer Reading Club logo.