Employment Opportunity

Summer Programme Assistant (Young Canada Works) at Hanover Public Library 

Job Description

Hanover Public Library is a busy community library, normally open 7 days a week, providing services and events for all ages and needs. The library is located in the Hanover Civic Centre, the cultural and information centre of our town. Hanover is a small town in Grey County, population 7,680. It serves a rural area and is a social and commercial hub for the area.

In light of current public health restrictions, the library is currently closed to the public and may remain closed to the public throughout the coming months. During the summer months we require a programme assistant who can help engage our kids in online programming, challenges and contests.

Working hours for the Programme Assistant are flexible and may be completed at home, at the library or a mix of both depending on how government health restrictions evolve. Shifts may include some evenings and weekends.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist the Children and Youth Services Librarian with the annual Summer Reading Club, providing a variety of online programmes, literacy-based activities and reading support.
  • Work virtually with children, helping them take part in literacy activities, select books and track their reading.
  • Help run an online Coding Club for children.
  • Perform virtual storytime in accordance with copyright regulations.
  • Develop and implement online contests and challenges to help keep kids engaged over the summer months.
  • Create and assist with distribution of ‘take-home’ materials to extend online activities.
  • Teach technology skills, like how to use smart devices with different operating systems, to library users including youth and seniors, by phone and online.
  • Help build a Cultural Resources Map, by collecting, describing and creating records of local cultural groups and resources, and create content for our Heritage collection.

Our preferred candidate:

  • Must have excellent computer skills, be familiar with Internet services, social media and with a variety of electronic devices, and be comfortable communicating online and creating online media content.
  • Must be able to plan for and implement a variety of programmes for children of all ages.
  • Must be able to work online from home.
  • Must enjoy and have experience working with children.
  • Must be patient, calm, confident, creative, and able to communicate well and teach people of all ages.
  • Must possess good time management and organizational skills.
  • Should preferably be working towards a qualification in library services, early childhood education or teaching.
  • Some graphic design talent would be an asset.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently is valuable.
  • A clean police vulnerable sector check is required.

Candidate MUST be: (As required by Young Canada Works)

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;
  • Have been a full-time student (as defined by your educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW job;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the summer;
  • Registered online with YCW


Duration: 12 weeks, June to late August

Hours: average 30 per week, must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours if necessary

Pay Rate: $ 15.75/hour

This position’s duration may vary, subject to grant funding confirmation. Part time work may be available due to COVID-19 or to disabled applicants.

To Apply :

Deadline Sunday June 20th 2021, 5 pm

Mark applications as:

Attention: Emma Shaw

Hanover Public Library, 451 10th Ave, Hanover ON N4N 2P1

Tel: 519 364 1420

Email: eshaw@hanover.ca

Web: www.hanoverlibrary.ca

The Hanover Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Shoes for lost Indigenous children

Shoes on library steps in memorial for Indigenous children.

Across Canada, people are expressing their horror and outrage at the discovery of 215 unidentified Indigenous children buried at a residential school in Kamloops. This heartbreaking news comes just before the start of June, which is Indigenous History Month.

Hanover Public Library and The Town of Hanover wish to support the nationwide movement to mourn these children through placing shoes on the steps of our Civic Centre as a memorial. Anyone wishing to contribute to this expression of grief may place shoes to honour these 215 and all Indigenous children who lost their lives when they should have been safe and cared for. And also to acknowledge the continuing pain of their families and all survivors of residential school.

Family visiting memorial on library steps.

This visible image honouring the young victims lost is intended to raise awareness of these atrocities, act as a focal point for mourning all the vanished children, and as a promise to do better in our future dealings with First Nations and all Indigenous people.

See more information here:



Library books about Indigenous Matters including Residential School:  https://koha.hanoverlibrary.ca/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=345

Resources Available

  • Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program 24/7 support to anyone who was directly or indirectly affected by residential schools, 60’s scoop, or the day schools 1-866-925-4419
  • Talk 4 Healing – culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario 1-855-554-HEAL
  • Hope for Wellness – immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7 1-855-242-3310 or online chat at hopeforwellness.ca
  • CMHA Crisis Response Line (Grey-Bruce): 1-877-470-5200

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit is running vaccine clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics are operating in Owen Sound, Hanover and Kincardine.

The Hanover clinic is at the P & H Centre, 269 7th Avenue Hanover, ON

Please note in the vaccine booking systems – If no clinics are viewable in the provincial booking system, it simply means that there are no appointments currently available.  There are plenty of clinics taking place, however all doses are booked completely. If you are told that there are no clinics, please note, it is only indicative that there are no appointments left for now. More clinics will be uploaded. (Source https://www1.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/COVID-19/Vaccines/Book-Vaccine-Appointment )

Currently Eligible in Grey Bruce

The currently eligible group is:

  • Anyone aged 12 and older

How do I book my appointment?

Use the provincial booking system for:

  • Anyone aged 12 and older

By Phone: Call the Provincial number: 1-888-999-6488

Online:  https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine

Use the Grey Bruce Health Unit Local Booking System for:

  • Immunocompromised people with certain health conditions and their caregivers
  • Pregnant individuals (learn more here)
  • Targeted workplaces and congregate settings

Please check the detailed Eligibility List before booking your appointment.

By Phone:  1-833-421-1999

Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am – 7 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm. Sunday: Closed (Grey Bruce Community Connections).

Online:  Use the Grey Bruce Health Local Booking System. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select book now – local booking system.

Pharmacy Vaccine Locations in Hanover


Address: 342 10th Street | Phone: 519-364-2300

Vaccine Type: Moderna (age 18 and older)

Book online: https://www.rexall.ca/covid-19/vaccines

Shoppers Drug Mart

Address: 895 10th Street | Phone: 519-364-3141

Vaccine Type: Pfizer (age 12 or older)

Book online: https://covid-19.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en

For more information:

Visit Grey Bruce Public Health website:


Call the Grey Bruce Health Unit Vaccine Information Line:


Contact the library if you need assistance booking your appointment!

Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup is available

Bag image for contactless pickupThe Library is here for you! To help keep you learning and entertained during this province wide stay-at-home order Hanover Public Library is pleased to announce that contactless curbside pickup of library material is available.  We can also arrange pickup of tourism brochures, bag tags, community surveys, municipal council meeting packages, and pages you print remotely through Princh.  See the pickup process below, and call us for details!

To borrow library materials using curbside pickup you must have a Hanover Library membership. If you need to join the library or renew your library membership please call or email the library.

How it Works

Requesting items

Not sure what to request? Ask us for a GRAB BAG. Let us know by phone or email what you want, for example 3 Western novels, books on Lawn Care and Growing Annuals, 7 movies on DVD, or 5 Picture Books and we’ll pick a selection for you. 

Arranging Pickup

Pickup is by appointment only.

Pickup times will be arranged in advance by library staff (call us) or through the online booking system Appointlet.

How to make a pick up appointment with the online booking system Appointlet

  • When you receive your e-mail notification that an item you had placed on hold is ready for pick-up, there will be a link to the library’s Appointlet system. Click on the link.
  • Enter your name and e-mail address. Select a time you wish to pick up.
  • Appointlet confirms time with you, and offer options to add to several online calendars (this is not required).
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your chosen time slot. If you need to reschedule or cancel, the confirmation e-mail has a link so you can do that easily.
  • Your confirmation email will also give you instructions for curbside pickup.

People who are staying safe at home can send a friend to collect their items.

Curbside Pickup Process

At the appointed pick-up time, physical distancing measures must be complied with. Staff will be wearing gloves, masks and other protective gear for everyone’s safety.

Please arrive at the agreed time. Pick up will take place outdoors on the east (Clock Tower) side of the building.

If driving, remain in your vehicle, and open trunk or a rear window away from the people inside. Staff will bring your materials, marked with your name. Nod to confirm that is your parcel. Staff will place it in your vehicle.

If you are walking, cycling, or using other means to travel to the library, please wait by curbside pickup sign. Your items will be placed on a table with your name showing, then staff will return to the building. Once staff are inside the building, you may pick up your package from the table.

The Hanover Civic Centre building is closed. Please do not approach staff or enter the building. Maintain at least 6′ (2m) distance from others, and we request that you wear a face covering.

Returning borrowed items

Returning items must be returned through the library drop box beside the West (10th Avenue) entrance only. This is to keep the items separate, to be quarantined until they are safe to handle. 

No returns will be accepted at the pick up appointment.

COVID-19 Precautions and Disclaimer

  • The COVID-19 virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. As books cannot be effectively cleaned and disinfected at home, it may be wise to store books for a minimum of 24 hours before handling them.
  • Patrons who are immune compromised or otherwise susceptible to COVID-19 infection should not take out items from the library.
  • Patrons should wash hands before and after handling books and other items, avoid touching their faces while reading and avoid sneezing or coughing onto the page while reading.
  • Items returned to the library are disinfected (covers only) and quarantined for 3 days on return.
  • Staff handling items to go out to members will wear masks and gloves.

Please note:  These services are subject to Provincial reopening guidelines, local health advice and municipal guidelines.  If the situation changes the service may be suspended or changed. We will keep people informed through local newspaper, radio, Wightman TV, emails and social media.

Library Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hanover Public Library is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. Daily reports on the status of cases are available from Grey Bruce Public Health Homepage. See that here https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/

Our organization will follow recommendations and guidance from The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, The Town of Hanover, The Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada during this ongoing situation.

Currently Available Library Services

Effective 12:01 am on Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Town of Hanover will be closing all of its facilities to the public in accordance with the Province wide stay-at-home order. The library will be offering curbside pickup of library material. Calls to the library number will be responded to so please leave a message and staff will call you back.

Please read how does curbside pick up work and what to expect when you come.

We can provide assistance with choosing books and movies, with setting appointments, answering general information and support questions, print and pick up service, virtual and no-contact children’s activities, and help with using our online resources.  We can also find answers to vaccination questions, and help set up appointments for people who qualify by age group and have an email address but do not have internet access.

All in-person library services and programmes are cancelled until further notice. 

Other ways we can help:

Library Response to COVID-19:

Our online services are always available. You can explore our ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more through https://hanoverlibrary.ca/e-resources/ All you need is your library card number.

This page will be updated throughout this developing situation. 

Remember, do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a mask in public places.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and equipment.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling unwell.
  • You must self-isolate for 14 days when you return from travelling.


The following are trusted resources to keep yourself informed and find supports for yourself, family and friends during COVID-19.

Local Businesses and Services

Businesses adapting to serve Hanover bit.ly/InThisTogetherHanover

Grey County businesses & services map

Ontario – essential workplaces and business restrictions https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

Community Supports

Help for seniors and vulnerable people to get meals or essentials delivered https://www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca/

The Do connects people who need assistance with people wanting to volunteer http://www.thedo.ca/

Mental Health Resources

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support https://ca.portal.gs/

Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic http://www.camh.ca/covid19

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit

COVID-19 health line 1-800-263-3456 ext. 3000

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit Web page https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit COVID-19 Information Page https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/COVID-19

Face masks required in indoor locations https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/About-Us/MOH-Class-Orders

How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering

Outbreaks in hospitals and seniors homes https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Health/Infectious-Diseases/Outbreaks

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Province of Ontario

Ontario Telehealth Phone number 1-866-797-0000

Status of cases in Ontario, affected areas, symptoms, testing and advice https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

Detailed case data for Ontario. Graphs and tables of COVID-19 data by status, location, infection source, age, gender, hospitalizations and number of tests. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data

Coronavirus information in other languages

Government of Canada

Current national outbreak updates, risk information and other resources

World Health Organization


Hand Hygiene tips

The best way to protect yourself and others, with video

Further research & reading

Know the risks of COVID and how to avoid them https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Grey County Reads 2021

Grey County Reads is back for 2021!

Assistant Librarian Norma Graham is defending From the Ashes: my story of being Métis, homeless, and finding my way By Jesse Thistle

Book jacket image for From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

Read Norma’s defense

Borrow From the Ashes

Find our more about Grey County Reads at https://www.southgreynews.ca/grey-county-reads

Don’t forget to vote! At the end of the Grey County Reads contest in April, three winners will be chosen randomly from among all voters to receive gift certificates for Speaking Volumes Books and Audio and one library will win $200 worth of books.

Remote Printing now available!

Remote Printing is now available!

Princh banner. Decorative graphic of remote printing.

You can now use your personal computer or mobile device to print remotely to the printer at the Hanover Public Library from anywhere, using Princh.

How does it work?

Send documents or images for printing to the Princh website or using the Princh app. Your document prints out at the library! Then contact the library to schedule pick up of your print job. Regular print costs apply. Please note we only have letter size available using Princh.

How to print using a computer browser (PC, Mac or Chromebook)

  1. Open a browser and go to print.princh.com
  2. Enter our printer ID: 103544
  3. Click to select and upload your document(s) for printing.
  4. Choose settings: black and white or colour, number of copies, double-sided or not, paper size (letter size only).
  5. Accept Terms and Conditions.
  6. Select method of payment; credit card, Paypal or cash. If paying with cash select Pay at the Desk.
  7. Enter your full name when prompted.
  8. Call the Hanover Library within 24 hours to ask for your document and schedule a pick up appointment.

Prints can be picked up at a curbside pick up appointment. See Curbside pick up information for more details.

Watch the Youtube video: Princh – How to print from a laptop

How to print using a mobile device or tablet

  1. Install the Princh App for iOS (App Store) or Android (Google Play). For help downloading apps to iOS device see help for iPhone or iPad. For help with Android devices see help for Google Play Store
  2. Open the document to print and Share it with the Princh App.
  3. Select printer by scanning the QR code or entering 103544.
  4. Choose Print job settings: black and white or colour, number of copies, double-sided or not, paper size (letter size only).
  5. Accept the Terms and Conditions and Order Print.
  6. Enter your full name and tap OK.
  7. Select method of payment; credit card, Paypal or cash. If paying with cash select Pay at the Desk.
  8. Enter your full name when prompted.
  9. Call the Hanover Library within 24 hours to ask for your document and schedule a pick up appointment.

Prints can be picked up at a curbside pick up appointment. See Curbside pick up information for more details.

Watch the Youtube video: Princh – How to print from an iPhone or iPad

Watch the Youtube video: Princh – How to print from an Android device

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Windows and Mirrors by Norma Graham

From The Hanover Post December 3rd, 2020 issue, Opinion Page

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.”

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

We can all see that hatred, intolerance, and bigotry exist in the world as destructive forces – and they also exist here in Canada. We are not immune to these insidious attitudes.  So what is the antidote to bigotry? How does a society nurture fairness and acceptance for all?

I often hear that education is the key, but I would be more specific: reading is the key to developing empathy and understanding. The folksinger Pete Seeger had the words “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender” painted on his banjo.

I often think the same can be said for public libraries and the books they contain. When you read, you enter the mind of another. You see the world through their eyes. You feel their feelings, experience their life as they reveal it to you. When we read books that are about lives, cultures, and experiences different to our own, we take that new understanding into ourselves and it becomes part of us. This can begin when we are very young, and minds and hearts that have been opened by reading will not close against those who are different from us. Books are empathy generators.

If you would like to begin to bring more diversity into your reading, the library staff can help. You can read excellent books – both fiction and non-fiction – by authors of many cultures, nations, genders, and ways of thinking. Want to read about what it’s like to be autistic? Try Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” or John Elder Robison’s “Look Me in the Eye”. Works by Canadian indigenous writers have surged onto the bestseller lists: from Richard Wagamese to Eden Robinson to Thomas King, you can read and experience life from a First Nations perspective. Writers of Asian ancestry like Roselle Lim, Kevin Kwan, and Souvankham Thammavongsa, winner of this year’s Giller Prize, are making waves in publishing as well. Mark Sakamoto’s “Forgiveness” is a top favourite among book clubs everywhere. Books by Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead, Esi Edugyan, and Jesmyn Ward can show you how the world looks from the Black perspective. And wonderful books like “Let Me Tell You My Story” can tell you what it’s like to come to North America as a refugee with nothing but hope and courage.

Books can be mirrors, helping us to understand our own lives and experiences; but they can also be windows, through which we can see other lives, other experiences, and our common humanity. We at the library invite you to come look through some windows. The view is breathtaking.

Check out the following booklists for some reading inspiration.

Love Your Library Campaign raises $6225

Thank you for showing us your love! Your support allowed us to raise $6225! These funds allow us to support our programmes, grow our lending collections and develop new collections.

The campaign is officially over but we can still accept donations any time of the year. Thank you again for your support!

Today’s libraries strengthen communities and transform lives every day. Beyond well-loved books, many libraries offer innovative programmes that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hanover Public Library continues to provide these services, with some modifications to delivery methods for the safety of all.  

Please join the Hanover Public Library for our  Love Your Library  campaign. This online fundraising event is taking the place of our semi-annual Library Art Gala that was all set to go before our world changed.  We were planning to provide art for sale, play music, serve hors d’oeuvres, as well as wine and beer  – all for a memorable social event.

Click here to donate

Instead, we encourage local businesses, patrons and library lovers to make a financial gift in support of our library by visiting us at our website: hanoverlibrary.ca and click on the DONATE NOW button. If you prefer, you can donate directly to the library using e-transfer on your banking app, or by dropping off a cheque made out to Hanover Public Library in our book drop slot.  The library is a registered charity, so tax receipts will be issued for donations greater than $10.

If you are grateful for the presence of the library in your community, show it some love this Ontario Public Library Week!

Call (519) 364-1420 or e-mail hanpub@hanover.ca for more information.
Thank you for loving your library.

Susan Sakal
Chair,  Fundraising Committee of the Hanover Public Library Board

Love Your Library image with hearts and a book