Library News articles from The Hanover Post

December 10, 2020

Library Offers New E-resources in the New Year

There is lots to look forward to in 2021: the Hanover Public Library is adding to our selection of on-line resources beginning in January.

Many people in our community made frequent use of our e-books and streaming video during the weeks we were closed, and found out how easy it is to use these options. Demand has definitely increased, so the decision was made to add to our offerings, especially since many families have chosen home-school and virtual learning options for their children.

Here are some of the services that will be added beginning in the new year:

Mango Languages and Little Pim for ages 0-5

Mango is the highest-rated language learning program on-line. You can select from over 70 languages, to learn the basics of that language and the culture that speaks it. Ideal for beginners, Mango uses a combination of listening, speaking, reading, and repetition to help you understand and speak the language of your choice with confidence. This is an ideal time to do some learning, and if you’ve always wanted to learn a new language – or a bunch of languages – Mango can help you make it happen.

Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (CPI.Q)

This on-line resource features a wealth of Canadian and international periodicals, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Canadian News Facts. CPI.Q offers coverage of a wide range of topics and issues related to Canada, including current events, health, technology, the arts, history, culture and business. It’s a wonderful option for students doing research, because they are able to easily search a topic across hundreds of periodicals including magazines and newspapers. For our many regular customers who like to come in and read the newspapers or leaf through our magazines in our seating area: we can’t open up quite yet, but we invite you to use CPI.Q as an alternative until we can all be together again safely.

WorldBook Reference Suite

For all the people of any age who are doing research for coursework or for curiosity, check out WorldBook Reference Suite in the new year. This wonderful resource offers articles, videos, educator tools, eBooks, research guides and more. Just about anything you want to know about can be found in WorldBook, and you can be confident that the information is true, current, and reliable.

Activity Corner

Contains thousands of low-cost, fun projects for the classroom, homeschoolers, after school programs, and library programming. Activity Corner enables users to browse, save, and create activities for all ages. Since we aren’t able to offer craft and hobby projects in the library at this time, Activity Corner allows you to be creative at home.

In addition to these new resources, we will continue to provide e-books and downloadable audiobooks from Overdrive and Libby. We will also be continuing to offer Acorn TV, Great Courses, and Qello concerts via our video streaming service.

All these wonderful resources are available to library members – you just need your library card to unlock a wealth of great content! If you don’t have a library membership yet, call the library at (519)364-1420 or e-mail to set up a time to come in and join up. If you live or own property in the Town of Hanover, your library membership is free. If you live outside of town, there is a fee to join the library, but it’s a fair price when you consider all we have to offer.

Dec. 3 Hanover Post Opinion Page
Windows and Mirrors by Norma Graham

“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.

October 22, 2020

Together We Read Ontario

The next Together We Read Ontario Title is Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger.  Together We Read Ontario is a Digital Book Club for participating libraries in Ontario. Hanover Public Library is proud to participate and offer this to our patrons.  During this two-week program, there will be no waitlists and no holds for the title. Download this title on OverDrive or Libby to borrow in ebook or in audiobook format.  Together We Read Ontario runs from October 19th – November 1st, 2020.

Synopsis:  On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Ottawa Valley in Canada, where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live.

Getting started with OverDrive or Libby is easy! All you need is your Hanover Library card and a compatible device.  Download the app on your phone or tablet, or go to on your computer’s browser.  Call or email us if you need help.

Genealogy Research at home

For anyone doing genealogy research, an obituary can be a gold mine of information about an ancestor. Did you know The Hanover Library has an index to Obituaries that appeared in the Hanover Post? Our index was put together by staff and volunteers over several years. It currently covers the years 1897-1955. The index is available online from our website. Select Library Services from the menu and then Local History, Obituaries and Genealogy Resources.  You can search by First name, Last Name or click advanced search to browse by month and year. You may find all the information you’re looking for in the index or you can request a copy of the original obituary. Charges will apply for research and printing, and we can mail you the printed obituary.

Use Ancestry Library Edition on our WiFi

Our doors may be closed but you can still access Ancestry Library Edition using our WiFi. We recommend parking close to the building to catch the signal for the SaugeenEnGenius network or the Library2.4 network.  Ancestry Library Edition is the perfect resource to begin searching for your ancestors. You can find census records, birth and death records, directories, photos and much more.

If you have questions about using Ancestry Library Edition or starting some genealogy research you can call the library and leave a voicemail for Lauren Butchart, our local history librarian to call you back. Extra time at home is a great excuse to start a new hobby like genealogy!

October 15, 2020

Win Books and Tea!

You still have a couple of days to get in your entry for our Favourite First Line contest. We have extended the date to Monday, October 26, which is when we will do the draw, so make sure you e-mail or call us with your favourite first line from a book, or the first line from your favourite book. We have been getting some great first lines from people, so add yours to the mix – you just might win. 

Reminder of Fundraiser

During this Ontario Public Library week, the Hanover Library board’s fundraising committee is asking businesses and library lovers in our community for support. In a normal year, they would have been holding a wonderful art gala evening as they have twice in the past; but as you know, this year has been anything but normal.

Donations can be made to the library via Canada Helps, and the link is on the website, – simply go to the “Support Your Library” page. You can also send us an e-transfer via your banking app, or mail a cheque to the library at 451 10th Avenue, Hanover, N4N 2P1. Show your library a little love this Public Library Week, and the whole community will benefit from your generosity. To those that have already given, thank you for your generosity.

New Books

Now that the weather is becoming less conducive to outdoor activities, lots of people are stocking up on books to enjoy. Here are some new ones that just arrived this week at the Hanover Public Library; call 364-1420 or e-mail us at to place your holds, or sign into your account on our website and make your selections yourself!


  • “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
  • “A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham
  • “The Woman Before Wallis” by Bryn Turnbull
  • “Daughter of the Reich” by Louise Fein
  • “A Song for the Dark Times” by Ian Rankin
  • “Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand
  • “Invisible Girl: by Lisa Jewell
  • The “Bruno, Chief of Police” series by Martin Walker
  • “The Searcher” by Tana French
  • “Jingle All the Way” by Debbie Macomber
  • “Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher
  • “Elsewhere” by Dean Koontz


  • “The Boy who Followed his Father into Auschwitz: a true story of family and survival” by Jeremy Dronfield
  • “My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: a memoir” by Jason Rosenthal
  • “The Joy of Botanical Drawing: a step-by-step guide” by Wendy Hollender
  • “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “Blood in the Water: a true story of revenge in the Maritimes” by Silver Donald Cameron

If you want to know more about curbside pickup at the library, please call us at (519)364-1420 or send us an e-mail at You can also read all about it on our website,

New Books at the Library

As always, there is a constant stream of new books coming to the library for our members to borrow and enjoy. Here are just a few of the newest titles we have received:


  • “The End of Her” by Shari Lapena
  • “Sunrise on Half Moon Bay” by Robyn Carr
  • “The Shadows” by Alex North
  • “Playing Nice” by JP Delaney
  • “The Ultimate Betrayal” by Kat Martin
  • “The Hidden Beach” by Karen Swan
  • “Hush” by James Patterson and Candice Fox
  • “The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel
  • “A Walk Along the Beach” by Debbie Macomber
  • “1st Case” by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  • “The Order” by Daniel Silva


  • “Catch and kill: lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators” by Ronan Farrow
  • “Ladies Who Punch: the explosive inside story of The View” by Ramin Setoodeh
  • “The Mamba Mentality: how I play” by Kobe Bryant
  • “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act” by Bob Joseph

Place your holds now on these titles and thousands more at the library by logging into your account via our website, or calling or emailing the library.