The 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, municipal council meeting packages, and pages you print remotely through Princh. Call 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.caand 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you for loving your library.
Susan Sakal Chair, Fundraising Committee of the Hanover Public Library Board
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have been forced to cancel their most important fundraising events. The Hanover Public Library is one of these non-profit organizations. Patrons have told us often that they value our library. In fact, our staff has been working hard during the pandemic to continue to support our community through live streaming, phone calls, curb side pickups, etc.
It is our wish that we can continue to do so, but our loss of income has been substantial. Our annual June Book sale brings in approximately $4,000, our library art gala earns approximately $8,000 and the Donation Box that sits on the Information Desk in the library receives regular donations from patrons who pick up used paperbacks, from those who use our wifi and to others who are thankful for computer assistance.
We know that for some, these times are tough financially, but if you can donate, every little bit helps our library. We thank you in advance for your kind consideration in this matter.
Hanover Public Library is a charity. Donation receipts will be issued for amounts greater than $10.
Please make your cheque payable to: Hanover Public Library, 451 10th Ave., Hanover, ON N4N 2P1 Attention: Agnes Rivers-Moore.
The Library is here for you by telephone, email and online. We miss you! Pictured top row, left-right: Agnes and her chicken Bob, Emma. Middle row, left-right: Kathleen, Kay, Emma, Norma’s cat Nellie. Bottom row left-right: Lauren, Stephanie, Lauren’s cat Frank, Norma
We’re missing all of your friendly faces and we’re sure you’re missing us too!
While we are closed we have been calling and emailing to stay in touch with our patrons, especially isolated and vulnerable people. We wanted to send you a greeting from all of us!