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Hanover Library News Release

January 13th, 2021

The Library is Here to Serve

There have been a lot of changes since Ontario’s Modified Step Two of Reopening began. While the Hanover Civic Centre is still closed to the public, the library is continuing to operate and provide services to patrons.

The library has been operating with curbside services since December. This means that you may check out materials by making an appointment and the staff will then be able to get you your items safely with no contact.

If you do not have access to the online catalogue, the library staff is happy to assist in the selection of materials for you. Just let them know what types of books or movies you would like to enjoy and the staff can suggest something for you.

In addition to books, the library has SmartSpots available for borrowing. The portable Internet access is great for those working from home or students in online school. The library is also continuing to print proof of vaccination cards and other documents.

The library staff is working hard to monitor the ongoing changes and is keeping the library’s website as well as the library’s Twitter and Facebook up to date with new information regarding policies, vaccination availability, and other government news.

In addition to putting books on hold for curbside, the staff is also available to assist patrons over the phone to access eBooks and other virtual services. Your safety and wellbeing is the library’s top priority. Let the staff know how they can help. To request services or information, please call (519) 364-1420.

Digital Magazines

Are you missing reading your favourite magazines? You can access digital magazines for free by using the Libby app and Libby browser Hanover Public Library is pleased to announce that over 3,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read electronically on your computer or tablet 24/7. All you need is your Hanover Public Library card and you can read digital magazines alongside ebooks and audiobooks on Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting Top magazine titles include HELLO!, Cook’s Illustrated, HGTV and many others, all supplied by ZINIO. Digital magazines have no wait lists or holds, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Magazines are a great addition to Libby, which already has a vast collection of materials available for free to library card holders.

Learn a New Language

The library is pleased to announce the addition of Transparent Language Online to their virtual services. Transparent Language Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn. With courses and supplemental resources offered in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device. Mobile apps are available for iOS and Android devices. Learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.

Hanover Library News Release

January 6th, 2022

Curbside Service

The library building is currently closed to the public. To borrow a book you must place it on hold and make an appointment to pick it up using the curbside service. Please request items using the library’s online Koha catalogue, call the library at (519) 364-1420, or email Proof of vaccination certificates and other printing services are still available! Check the library’s website for more information.

Kids’ Virtual Science Workshop

January’s virtual science workshop is now open for registration. This month’s is called Investigate It! Become a forensic scientist and investigate this whodunit by examining clues left at the scene! Learn to do a chemical analysis and fingerprinting. Will you identify the culprit? The workshop takes place online Saturday January 15th at 1pm. Call the library or email to register. Spaces are limited!

Library Board Member Volunteer Opportunity

If you are interested in and support what the library does, please join the library board for a year! Candidates must be a Canadian citizen, a resident of Hanover and over 18 years of age. Read Library Board information at or ask CEO/Chief Librarian Agnes Rivers-Moore by email at or call (519) 364-1420.
Information about boards and committees, and downloadable application form at

2021 Highlights

The library had a very productive year. The library staff looks forward to making 2022 even better for you and your family. Here are a few of the best things that happened at the library in 2021. The staff gladly welcomed people back inside from July to late December! The library added Smartspots (portable Internet) and more family board games. Programming continued with virtual storytime, science events and craft kits for families. The library printed over 1,000 Proof of Vaccination certificates for patrons. The library raised $20,494 from just three fundraiser events! Thank you all for your support! The library is here for you all year round. Here’s to another great year!

The Most Checked out Items of 2021

Adult Fiction

  1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  2. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  3. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Adult Non-Fiction

  1. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  2. If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging by Jann Arden
  3. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey


  1. News of the World
  2. Then Came You
  3. Elizabeth is Missing

Kid’s Fiction

  1. Boy-crazy Stacey by Gale Galligan, with color by Braden Lamb.
  2. The Couch Potato by Jory John; illustrated by Pete Oswald
  3. Guts by Raina Telgemeier; with color by Braden Lamb – tied with Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier.

Happy Reading!

Hanover Library News Release

December 30, 2021

Curbside Service!

The library building is currently closed to the public. To borrow a book you must place it on hold and make an appointment to pick it up using our curbside service. You may request items using the library’s online Koha catalogue, by email, or by phone. Don’t have an online account set up? Library staff is happy to help. Call the library at (519) 364-1420 or use the website
Proof of vaccination certificates and other printing services are still available. Call for vaccine printing services. You can also print your own documents online via Princh. All prints can be picked up at a curbside pickup appointment.
Pickup sessions will take place at the clock tower parking lot on weekdays. Morning and afternoon times will be offered. Pickup is by appointment only. When your items are ready for pickup, the library staff will contact you by phone or email and an appointment will be set up for contactless pickup. Staff can make the appointment for you or you can make the appointment. At the appointed pickup time, physical distancing measures must be taken. Pickup will take place outdoors on the east (clock tower) side of the building. Returning items must be returned through the library drop box beside the west entrance only. No returns will be accepted at the pickup appointment.

Christmas Book Draw Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our Christmas book draw, Laura-Lee Ribey-Hicks. She has won a gift basket with books, tea, hot cocoa, sparkling cider, cookies, and a mug. The library hopes everyone enjoyed a holiday book during these festive times. Stay warm and jolly!


It’s time again for the Hanover Public Library’s second annual Holiday StoryWalk! Follow the trail around town beginning at the clock tower. Continue through the numbered stations in order to read a fun holiday story. Ask for a map next time you use curbside service. And don’t forget to pick up a colouring page to participate in the colouring contest for ages ten and under and eleven and up. These events end January 3rd.

Library Board Opening

Do you want to serve your community by governing your public library? Apply to be on the library board! To apply you must be a Canadian citizen, a resident of the Town of Hanover and over 18 years of age. Information about the library and meeting dates for 2022 is available at Information about boards and committees, as well as a link to download the application form is available at Contact library CEO Agnes Rivers-Moore if you have any questions.

New Year Hours:
Friday Dec. 31st – 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday Jan. 1 – Closed

Happy New Year! And best wishes for 2022 from the staff of the Hanover Public Library.

Hanover Library News Release

December 9, 2021

Read a Christmas Book and Enter to Win a Prize!

Read a book and enter to have a chance to win a gift! Come into the library between now and Tuesday, December 21st, and if you borrow a Christmas or Holiday themed book you can enter to win a gift basket. Ask at the front desk the next time you’re in.

Meet New Staff Member Carolyn

We would like to introduce Carolyn as a new member of our team at the Hanover Public Library. She is coming to us from the Wellington County Library system where she was the Teen and Tween programmer. Carolyn has 12 years experience working within public libraries as well as her Masters of Library Science.  Her favorite genre of books is generally Urban Fantasy but she is also known to enjoy Sci-Fi, humourous fiction, graphic novels, and autobiographies particularly by comedians. Carolyn’s life outside of the library is pretty busy right now taking care of her toddler, but if she finds the time she is either attending local kids programs, watching tv, doing yoga or reading/listening to a book. Carolyn grew up in Bruce County and has recently moved back, so is fairly familiar with the Hanover area. Welcome Carolyn!  

Holiday Hours:

As a reminder, our holiday hours are:

Christmas Eve – 10am to 2pm

Christmas Day (Saturday) – Closed

Boxing day (Sunday) – Closed

December 27th (Monday) – Closed

December 28th – 30th (Tuesday to Thursday) – 10am to 6pm

New Year’s Eve (Friday) – 10am to 2pm

New Year’s Day – Closed

Hanover Library News Release

November 18, 2021

Science Workshop for Kids

In collaboration with Scientists in Schools, the Hanover Public Library will be offering a monthly virtual science program for kids! Sign up at the library, pick up your kit full of materials, and then tune in online to join in.

Each 60-minutes workshop is full of multiple engaging, hands-on activities delivered virtually under the guidance of an expert in the field. Upcoming workshops are: November 26: “Mix it Up!”, December 20: “Up, Down, and All Around!”, January 15: “Investigate It!” February 3: “Colour My World”, and March 14: “Good Clean Fun”.

Register today because spots are limited. Inquire at the front desk or email

Website Resources

We have been so glad to be open for browsing and we have been enjoying seeing all of you in person. Don’t forget that you can come in without an appointment to select books and see what we have that is new. Feel free to ask for suggestions on what to read next.

And if you are still enjoying staying inside we have a lot of things for you to do on our website. You can enjoy our virtual programming as well as ebook access from the comfort of your own home. As the weather begins to turn and the holidays are around the corner, it’s nice to be able to access library resources in your pajamas!


The free Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and streaming video from our library. Libby has the same collection as OverDrive but many people find it simpler and easier to use on phones, tablets and browsers. The Libby app is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, and some Chromebooks. Libby is also available to use in your web brower at so you don’t have to download anything to enjoy the content. If you need help you can call us at (519) 364-1420 or OverDrive Front Line Tech Support at

“Normal” Loan Periods Resume December 1st

Since we are seeing you in person more now, we will be changing the lending timeline to make it easier and faster for you to borrow and return. Beginning on December 1st , it’s as easy as 123! 1 week for movies, games, and magazines. 2 weeks for bestsellers and WiFi Hotpsots, and 3 weeks for books, audiobooks, and other items.

Let us know if you have any questions. The new process is intended to make things more smoothly and for you to be able to enjoy the library’s resources even more. Be sure to bring in your library card to check out as quickly as possible.

And we are still offering express and curbside service. You can place holds by phone, email or on the catalogue. Ask for Express pickup or Curbside pickup and set the appointment time.

See you soon!

Hanover Library News Release

Sept. 16, 2021

Local Authors at Culture Days Event

This is a quick reminder to join us this Saturday, Sept. 25, when three local authors will be signing their books at the library tent in Heritage Square next to the Eat Well Market. We will host Greg Dow at 10 am, Ellen Rumsey at 11 am (both are authors of lovely published children’s books), and at noon, local musical star Larry Mercey will be signing copies of his autobiography, “Have Mercey”. All authors will have copies of their books for sale and will happily sign them for you. (Larry’s book is also available to purchase at Holst’s if you want to get it ahead of time.)

Fingers crossed for good weather, and we will see you there!

Hanover Library Marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept. 30

September 30th, 2021 will be the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Hanover Public Library Board and staff want to foster understanding, and to support Indigenous people and culture. To do this, the library is focusing attention on opportunities to help people learn about events and issues in ways that promote the goals of Truth and Reconciliation.  September 30th is just such an opportunity.

The need to learn about and understand the painful legacy of the Residential School system has been thrown into sharp relief recently with the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children who perished, far from their homes and parents. In our library, we will raise local awareness of the lasting damage the Residential School system caused families and communities.  We will further the cause of reconciliation and honour those lost children by sharing the stories of Residential School survivors, their families and communities.

Please visit the library in the week leading up to September 30th. View the display in our museum cabinet about the Residential Schools and their legacy. See featured books from our collection on Residential Schools, Indigenous matters, and works by Indigenous authors. Pick up a Take and Make craft (for adults and children), and write your thoughts in our display visitor book.
On September 30th, watch visual story books on our large screen TV, telling stories of the Residential School experience. Library staff will wear orange shirts on that day with “Every Child Matters” badges, as a visual reminder to acknowledge the legacy that Orange Shirt Day commemorates. The library offers reading lists of books that examine the issues faced by the Indigenous people of this country, and the ongoing legacy of the past. We encourage everyone to read and learn about the Residential School system, and the intergenerational trauma it caused to survivors, their families and all Indigenous people. We can all be part of Reconciliation; healing begins with understanding and empathy.

Tickets Available Now for Book Sale Preview Evening

You can now purchase tickets at the library for the book sale preview evening at Hanover Raceway on Thursday, October 21st. Tickets are $10 for the preview evening – children may attend free.

The book sale will continue with free admission on Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23.

Hanover Library News Release

Sept. 9

Election Info and Vaccination Receipts at the Library

Canadians will be going to the polls on September 20 to elect a federal government. Staff at the Hanover Public Library can assist you in finding out if you are registered to vote, where to vote, voting dates and lists of candidates. Come in and ask us! We are now open on Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm, in addition to weekday hours 10 am until 6 pm.

You can also download and print out your vaccination receipt at the library. Soon, you will need that to enter restaurants for dining in, gyms, sports events, and many other gathering places. We can assist you to access the receipt, print it, and shrink it if you wish. You can also print it from home using our remote printing app, Princh. Call us for more information at (519)364-1420.

Local Authors at Culture Days Event in Heritage Square

On Saturday, September 25, join us in Heritage Square at the Library Tent to meet some wonderful local authors! This event will take place during the Eat Well Market. Beginning at 10 am, children’s author Greg Dow will be at the tent with copies of his children’s book, “Caleb Climbs”, which you can purchase and he will dedicate and sign. Ellen Rumsey joins us at 11 am, another wonderful children’s author, with her books “Finders Keepers” and “Bad Kitten” for sale and signing. At 12 noon, Larry Mercey, founding member of the Mercey Brothers, will be there with copies of his autobiography, “Have Mercey”. You can also get his book at Holst’s in advance if you prefer, and bring it to Larry for a dedication and signature – and a chance to chat about music and old times.

This will be a unique opportunity to do a little early Christmas shopping and support our talented local authors, so don’t miss it!

Watch this space for news about another upcoming event at the library in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thursday, September 30.

Book Sale: New Location!

Great news – the Hanover Public Library’s Gigantic Book Sale will be happening this year! Due to the renovations in the Civic Centre, we are going to be setting up the book sale at the Hanover Raceway – many thanks to the Raceway for making this possible.

The book sale will be taking place October 21st – 23rd. Thursday the 21st, 5:30 – 8:30 pm will be the special preview evening. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the library, or at the door.  Visitors on the preview evening get first pick of the amazing selection of books, puzzles, movies, and more on offer. Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23rd the sale starts at 9 am and runs to 8 pm. Entry will be free on the Friday and Saturday. The cost of your selections will be a donation to the library.

If you have books, movies, puzzles, or games to donate to the sale, please call us at (519)364-1420, or e-mail We will be pleased to accept donations in very good condition, but NOT at the library – we have no space to store them at the moment! We will put you in touch with our volunteers and they will arrange a time for you to pass the material directly to them.

If you have questions as to what we can accept for the book sale, please call the library, or see the Book Donation Guidelines on our website at

Hanover Library News Release

Sept. 2nd

Vaccination Receipts: We Can Help

The provincial government recently announced that, as of Sept. 22, everyone entering a restaurant, casino, gym, or other indoor public setting will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 along with photo ID. The Hanover Public Library can help you with acquiring your vaccination receipts as long as you have received both shots. If you gave an e-mail address when you had your shots, your receipts will have been e-mailed to you. We can help you print it out, either by logging in to your e-mail on a library computer and printing, or by using Princh, our remote printing app, from your home computer or other device. If you didn’t give an e-mail address or deleted your e-mail accidentally, the receipt can also be accessed online at Ontario Health, using your health card and birth date.

If you haven’t received both shots, we can also help you find locations where you can receive them. Although the Hockey Hub vaccination centre has been closed down, there will be pop-up vaccine clinics, and many pharmacies are offering free vaccinations.

The library is open Mondays noon-6 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am – 6 pm. Starting September 11, we will also be open Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. We are here to help.

New Books at the Library

As always, there are new books arriving every week at the Hanover Public Library. You can come in and browse the New Book shelves (please wear a mask), or click on the New Books button on our website,, to see the latest additions. Here are just a few:


– “The Missing Sister” by Lucinda Riley

– “Operation Angus” by Terry Fallis

– “A Slow Fire Burning” by Paula Hawkins

– “19 Yellow Moon Road” by Fern Michaels

– “Lightning Strike” by William Kent Krueger

– “Fight Night” by Miriam Toews

– “The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny

–  “The Winter Wives” by Linden MacIntyre

– “Another Kind of Eden” by James Lee Burke


– “Canadian Courage: true stories of Canada’s everyday heroes” by Linda Pruessen

– “Forgetting: the benefits of not remembering” by Scott A. Small

– “Somebody’s Daughter: a memoir” by Ashley C. Ford

– “Racing the Clock: running across a lifetime” by Bernd Heinrich

– “The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy: fresh, vibrant recipes for better health” by Brynn McDowell

– “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” by Emmanuel Acho

– “Call Me Indian: from the trauma of residential school to becoming the NHL’s first treaty Indigenous player” by Fred Sasakamoose

– “Perversion of Justice: the Jeffrey Epstein story” by Julie K. Brown

– “The Premonition: a pandemic story” by Michael Lewis

Get reading this fall with the Hanover Public Library! If you’re not  yet a member, give us a call at (519)364-1420 and find out how to join – we will be happy to welcome you to the library.

Hanover Library News Release

August 19, 2021

Generous donation allows Hanover Library to ‘lend the Internet’

Hanover Public Library is launching a new technology service with the help of local Hanover business, Electrical Contacts Limited. You can now borrow the internet with your library card! The library has purchased 6 Kajeet SmartSpots to lend to library members who may not have internet at home or lack reliable broadband internet.

Library customers need a Wi-Fi-ready device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to use this electronic device. Three of the SmartSpots connect to the Bell cellular network and three connect to the Rogers cellular network so they are perfect for home use, cottage use, or on-the-go anywhere in Ontario.

The Kajeet SmartSpot acts as a connector between your laptop, smartphone, tablet or other wireless-capable device and the internet through the mobile phone network. Just as you can use the wireless network in the library, you can now carry that connection with you to access the internet where you are. The SmartSpots come in a kit that includes the Kajeet SmartSpot, a charging cable and power adaptor along with instructions for connecting and troubleshooting.

This new service has been made possible by a very generous donation from Electrical Contacts Limited. ECL, a long standing Hanover business truly invested in supporting our library and our community. ECL has previously donated to our library at our 2018 Art Gala as a Gold level sponsor, and in 2020 when we were unable to run our regular book sale fundraiser. This year they have donated enough for six SmartSpots and a year of data service. We would not be able to provide this new service without their support. We are very grateful to ECL for their donation. 

Customers wishing to borrow the Kajeet SmartSpots must have a full borrowing membership and must sign the user agreement to check out a SmartSpot. The device goes out for fourteen days, no renewals. It will allow several members of one family to connect for educational courses, to browse the Internet or to check email. To ensure that we reach as many families as possible, the library will only loan one SmartSpot per household at any one time.