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By Joanne Brangman

Head Librarian, Bermuda National Library


am frequently asked “what is the relevance of a library in the 21st Century”? In preparing to write this article, I found what I believe is a great response, which I have paraphrased here. The real purpose of a library is to amass and disseminate knowledge. So, even if printed matter were to disappear, libraries would still be a cultural necessity. The introduction of technology, which was predicted to be the end of libraries, has resulted in an evolution of libraries. Instead of being limited, libraries have expanded by introducing new services to their communities through the use of new technology. One of the new services we are providing is eBooks. EBooks and eAudiobooks are provided via the Library’s website We have a small but varied collection with something for library users of all ages. Library members can borrow books using their existing library cards. The eBooks and eAudiobooks can be read or listened to with almost all devices; one of the only exceptions is Kindle. Amazon has allowed US libraries to lend books for Kindles, but unfortunately, they have yet to extend this privilege to International Libraries. However, our eBook vendor is in negotiations with Amazon, and who knows, may be one day the service will be offered. We, at the Library, accept that many people in Bermuda now have busy schedules that do not afford them the time to visit the Library. eBooks allow us to serve you. Via the Library’s website, you can signup for an Online Membership. A membership number will be emailed to

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you within 48 hours and this will allow you to borrow eBooks. You’ll never have to come through our doors, unless of course, you decide you wish to have a full membership to borrow a book that you happen to see on our online catalogue. To get a full membership, you only need to bring in a photo ID and recent piece of official mail. Children can also take advantage of the eBook service. Please note their Youth Library card will only allow them to check out children’s eBooks. Soon, the Library will be offering a new language learning service, “Tell Me More”. Again, via the Library website, library users will be able to use their library card number to sign-on and learn English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Arabic, Japanese or Chinese all to advanced levels. In a recent survey we learned that people would like to see the Library providing more programming . Some of the ideas suggested to satisfy this request are “Lunch & Learn series”; Meet the Author events and programmes geared to the entire family. If there are programmes that you would like to see, please email me at Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog and technology enthusiast, says: “My idea of a library is it’s both a sort of a refuge—it’s just a safe, wonderful place with lots of leather—and at the same time it’s a dangerous place intellectually where you can find you don’t know what. Some of the pleasure of danger is when you walk around in the stacks…and adventure happens.” Why don’t you come and start your next adventure at the Library!

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t’s not everyday you get a chance to showcase a fragment of the Island’s history. In that same vein, it’s not everyday you get the chance to showcase portraits featuring some of Bermuda’s important figures of the 70’s. Whatever your take it is a part of Bermudiana which reminds us of the way we were. For the next few months, through the kindess of the Bermuda Historical Society, we’ve been honoured to hang several portraits from the Augustus collection. You can find several portraits from the collection on the walls of the Upper level of the Bermuda National Library. The portraits are a portion of a series of 50 portraits which were produced in the 70’s. Each featured notable figures of the time. The portraits were commissioned by June and Alfred Augustus. While on a trip to the U.S. the couple came across student/artist Esther Dai. Having become friends with Dai, the couple flew her to the Island where she spent about a week creating the pieces. It is believed that the early portraits were completed within a week. Some of the figures included in the collection is a young former Premier Dame Jennifer Smith, Dr. Edgar F Gordon, Mr. James “Dick” Richards, Dr. Eustace Cann, Sir E.T. Richards, Robert Crawford, Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Bedsford Swan just to name a few.

The portraits were created from photos and painted in chalk. The collection was donated to the Bermuda Historical Society in June of 2011, after spending many years on display in a private museum run by the Augustus’s. To see more of the collection please visit the Bermuda Historical Society and the Bermuda History and Cultural Studies Room.

On the Cover George D. Trott (1907-1988) Master craftsman George Trott left an impressive body of work that includes cedar souvenirs and period furniture and the 500-pound white pine chandeliers at City Hall. One of Bermuda’s celebrated Dockyard apprentices, he was in training for five years. In 1935, he opened the Village Craft Shop. He turned out more than half a million Bermuda cedar handbag handles for the tourist market during his career. His work appears in numerous private households and he was commissioned to make cedar furniture pieces as gifts for members of the Royal Family. He was a posthumous recipient of the Bermuda Arts Council Founders Award in 2002.

– p.139, Bermuda 1609-2009, 400 years - 400 portraits / Meredith Ebbin, editor



Pre V alentine ’ s Ladies’ Night


he Lovely Ladies that attended ing decadent chocolate desserts and the our Pre-Valentine’s Ladies’ opportunity to browse vendors offering Night experienced an exciting items to help spice up their Valentine’s evening that certainly showed Day (or any day!) Dy-Ann Simmons the wilder side of the library of Fusion Fitness amped (transformed by soft lighting, “I didn’t know up the evening by conred, gold and animal prints)! ducting a belly dancing librarians Guests were treated to class – complete with hip were so wild!” scarves! (Besides being a reading by Bermudian author, Tracey Caswell from a great workout, I think her latest book, “Twelve that we all learned a few Nights with Tracey” that highlighted new, sensual moves!) Look out for more her journey to keep her marriage spicy. activities offered by the Library to “think Guests enjoyed light refreshments, includoutside the book!”



Know? By Randy York



Bermuda had two well known buccaneers (Pirates). They were two Bermudians by the name of John Bowen and Nathaniel North. These men were born in Bermuda and spent most of their lives far away at sea. Bowen was a well-educated captain who became a clever pirate aboard the ship Speedy Return. He ended up in Mauritius where he died of yellow fever. North left Bermuda as a teenage cook. He journeyed to the Indian Ocean and settled in Madagascar, but was later killed by warlords. In 1678, a Bermudian captain discovered the Turks Islands, now called the Turks & Caicos. They were half the size of Bermuda, but the climate was perfect for making salt. Every April, Bermudian slaves would sail south to the Turks. They used pumps, canals and waterwheels to fill shallow ponds with seawater. Heat and wind evaporated the water, leaving behind a coarse salt. This was packaged in cloth bags to sell in foreign ports in exchange for meat, grain and tobacco. There are still strong family connections and Bermuda architecture in the Turks and Caicos islands. On Good Friday, March 30, 1923, the first Azorean immigrants were brought into Bermuda. This move was largely due to a return to the policy of importing farm labourers. This all took place under the spur of His Excellency Sir J. J. Asser, the Immigration Labour Board took action in late 1922 to arrange agricultural labour to be brought in from the Azores.

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Scanning through one can find stories which range from local

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to the winners of various pageants as well as the BELCO riots of

During the 60’s thru the mid seventies while change was happening all around the Island, there was a magazine that was there for it all. Fame in particular brought a black perspective to the style mags of Bermuda. By one source, Fame has been described as the Bermudian version of Ebony. Through its pages it explored black life here in Bermuda Fame premiered in 1965 and ran until 1976 when it sadly produced it’s last issue. This monthly Bermuda publication was published by Mrs. June Masters. At the time the magazine was printed by the Mid-Ocean News Limited. After a brief hiatus the magazine was revived started anew from 1974 until 1976 and was printed by Engravers Limited.

1965. Notable contributors to the magazine include Dame Jennifer Smith and Will Francis to name a few. There are still a number of issues which we’d like to add to the collection at the Library. So if you know someone who may have been a collector, we’d like to hear from you. What Fame offered was a look into Bermudian life through the black experience in Bermuda. A viewpoint which has been negated in our world of today. Fame was the fashion, the culture, the trends, the people, all of which make who we are, forging the identity of black Bermuda. There are truly gems hidden in the pages of these magazines. So if you are ever in the area, stop by and ask at the info desk. It’s worth the journey. And at the point of seeming cheesy… Remember, Remember, FAME!!!



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Pan-Seared Fillet of Salmon with Roasted Peppers and pineapple Compote Salmon

4 8oz. salmon fillets 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon dill 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar ¼ cup diced fresh pineapple 1 teaspoon brown sugar 20 green asparagus spears, washed and trimmed 2 tablespoons butter Salt and white pepper to taste 1 each roasted green, yellow and red pepper, peeled, seeded and diced fine.

1. In a large skillet, over high heat, sear salmon fillets on both sides in the olive oil. 2. Season with chopped dill, salt and white pepper. Remove from skillet and keep warm. 3. In a separate saucepan, over medium heat, cook gently the mixed peppers without colouring. 4. Add wine vinegar to the peppers and cook slowly for 6-8 minutes 5. Add the diced pineapple and finish with brown sugar.


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