Canadian Tire Hanging Basket Sale – Tally


The results are in!

We had 144 hours of volunteer time helping at the hanging basket sale. Volunteers included community members and members of the Hanover Horticultural Society. Dale Cousins said that “the volunteers did a great job handling the plants and engaging with our customers.” Well done, volunteers. Thank you for all your hard work at the sale!

The total number of baskets sold was 3,286. Amazing!

Thank you to Dale and Cathy Cousins and their wonderful staff members for making this fundraiser a success. We would especially like to thank Dale and Cathy for their generosity in donating $1 from each hanging basket sold back to the Library. We appreciate your generosity!

Even if you missed the holiday weekend fundraiser, there is still a wide selection of 10″ and 11″ hanging baskets available at Canadian Tire.

Library Community Survey


Help us improve!

Our library belongs to the community, so it is important to us that we get your thoughts on how we can serve you better. Linton Consulting has developed a brief 5 minute questionnaire to provide thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the Hanover Public Library, as well as what our priorities should be over the next few years. Responses will help guide the direction of the library as we look to improve library service over the next few years.

You do not have to live in town to answer the survey; all comments and suggestions are appreciated.

We thank you in advance for completing this questionnaire before July 2nd, 2023. If you have questions about the questionnaire, contact Kelly Linton directly at

CEO/Chief Librarian Agnes promoting our Library Community Survey

Adult Summer Reading Challenge


Our adult summer reading challenge is here! We are hosting our first-ever book bingo until September 2nd.

Come to the library to pick up a bingo sheet & suggested reading list, or download your electronic copies below.

Read one book from each of any five categories to form a line in any direction. Feel free to read a book that isn’t on the list, as long as it fits with the categories on your bingo sheet. As you read, bring in your bingo sheet to be stamped by staff so it will be clear when you’ve gotten bingo.

Return your bingo sheet by the end of the day on Sept 2nd to be entered into a prize draw.

There are three prizes of Chamber Bucks available to be won, generously donated by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce.

Download your bingo sheet here.

Download your suggested reading list here.

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.

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

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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.

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Click “Confirm hold.”

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You will now see the confirmation page.

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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: books and movies geared towards children are now fine-free!

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.

We have noticed that families with children borrow a lot of items at once so a daily fine per item multiplies very quickly, which is unfair to children and families. 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.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Library!

easter bunny

Easter Egg Hunt in the Library!

The Easter Bunny has come to the library!

Come on in and take a look; above, behind, or in a book! Find all the paper eggs, look all around, follow the clues and mark them down! If you find them all, it’ll be a great feat, then come to the front desk to get a treat!

Ask for the clue sheet to get started or download a copy

Programme runs April 11-14th

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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.