Inter-Library Loans Service Cancelled

We regret to announce that the Inter-library Loans service has been discontinued. The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) provided the system and shipping service that allowed every library to borrow and lend books and other materials across Ontario. The Provincial government has cut their 2019 budget by more than 50%. They have no choice but to shut down the deliveries system. Further services provided by SOLS and Ontario Library Services North may also be cut.
(read the statement from SOLS CEO Barbara Franchetto here).

Our single library and many others like ours depend heavily on the Ontario-wide services provided by SOLS and OLS-North. In 2018 our library borrowed 1,033 items from other libraries for Hanover members (about 20 items every week). We loaned 2,619 items to other libraries for their members. For this to happen, SOLS vans delivered or picked up 7,300 packages for our library alone in 2018.

Further information is available here:

How you can help:

1. Signing the paper petition in the library

Our petition calls on the Government to reinstate funding to Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service-North
Sharing the value of your local library on social media by using #saveourlibraries
Signing the “Stop the cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service – North” petition available through

2. Write to your MPP and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Bill Walker, MPP  for Bruce -Grey-Owen Sound
Toronto: Tel  416-212-2665    Constituency:   Toll Free   1-800-461-2664  Tel  519-371-2421  Fax  519-371-0953  

Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (the ministry that oversees library service)
Toronto: Tel  416-326-9326 / 416-314-1400     Fax   416-326-9338
Constituency: Tel   905-893-4428 / Fax   905-893-4537

Book Sale coming in June

Join us at our annual book sale June 13-16. There will be thousands of gently used books, movies, magazines, puzzles and games. All purchases are by donation of your choice!

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Digital magazines now available from RBDigital

Digital Magazines are now available with RBDigital

RBDigital Magazines is the world’s largest digital library newsstand, offers full-colour, interactive digital magazines. Browse the library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

  • Current issues —  New issues appear automatically in the library’s collection once available and are ready for immediate checkout.
  • Easy browsing — Browse your library’s collection of titles one at a time, by title, by language or by category.
  • Read Instantly — Read within your library collection on a mobile device/tablet, or your computer (both PC and Mac.)
  • Download to Apps — Download checked out magazines to apps to read offline for iPad®, iPhone®, Android™
  • No limits — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account indefinitely.

Visit the library to get signed up or go to to get started today!



1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Give your child a great head start in learning before they start kindergarten. Reading to your child helps them get a head start in life in so many ways.

The objectives of this program are:

  • to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers
  • to encourage parent and child bonding through reading

How to get started: Register your child with the Hanover Public Library & track what is read. At every 100th book come in to the library to report on your progress and get a prize! Your child will earn a final prize at the 1000 book mark!

Find more information here:

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Hanover Library Wins Ministry of Culture Award

Feb. 7, 2014

Hanover Library Wins a Second Ministry of Culture Award

At the recent Ontario Library Association conference in Toronto, Hanover Library was again in the spotlight. Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport presented library CEO Agnes Rivers-Moore with the Minister’s Award for Innovation, small libraries category, for the ESL Café. This is the second year running that the Hanover Library has won a provincial award.

Moving to a new country with a different culture and language can be daunting, to say the least. Newcomers to Canada can feel isolated and alone, and there are very few resources in rural areas and small towns to assist them. Could the library be of more help to new Canadians in easing their transition to living in our community? Recognizing the need in the community, Assistant Librarian Theresa Seim (retired) was inspired to find a way to help.

She contacted the Adult Education centre to partner with the Library to present the ESL Caféwhich she launched in the summer of 2012This monthly get-together is free and open to everyone. It is a way for people to meet new friends, offer mutual support, learn about the community, and practice their language skills in an informal relaxed atmosphere. The library provides space, light refreshments, and a staff member to organize the sessions and facilitate discussion.

The ESL Café has changed lives in many positive ways, and continues to support newcomers. One participant said “For me, the group was like my first ‘home’ in Canada. The group helps me to understand that this is my place. They help me to deal with the challenges and find new opportunities. This group, to us, is more than words can describe. It has helped my soul and my mind, and opened all the doors.” Another remarked “I love to get together and share our experiences in Canada, our achievements, our goals. This group is like a small family of people who have something in common.”

If you or someone you know would benefit from participating in the ESL Café, the next meeting is on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm. Call or visit the library for more information.

Hanover Public Library wins award

CEO Agnes Rivers-Moore received award from Minister of Culture Michael Chan

Library CEO Agnes Rivers-Moore receives award from Minister of Culture Michael Chan

On Thursday, January 31, at the Ontario Library Association’s annual conference in Toronto, the Hanover Public Library received the 2012 Angus Mowat Award of Excellence, small libraries division. The Award was presented to Library CEO Agnes Rivers-Moore by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Chan, in front of an audience of librarians from all over Ontario. The award is named for Angus Mowat, the Inspector of Public Libraries for Ontario from 1937 until 1960, and the father of authors Farley and Claire Mowat.

The award was given in recognition of our Computer Buddies program. The library began this program in the summer of 2011 to respond to the needs of older adults in the community to become familiar with new technology. People needing help learning computer skills are paired with high school students needing volunteer hours. It has been a runaway success: not only are the two groups getting their needs met, but the ‘face time’ between elders and teens is building wonderful bridges between the generations. Teens get an excellent volunteer opportunity and seniors get training in computer and technology skills, allowing them to improve their quality of life.

The staff and board of the library are very proud to have received this award as we continue to serve the needs of our community.

Agnes Rivers-Moore, Board Chair Pamela Matheson, and computer trainer Cara Benninger with Angus Mowat Award certificate

Agnes Rivers-Moore, Board Chair Pamela Matheson, and computer trainer Cara Benninger with Angus Mowat Award certificate