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SEVEN TIPS FOR RECORDING YOUR FAMILY'S ORAL HISTORY

SEVEN TIPS FOR RECORDING YOUR FAMILY'S ORAL HISTORY

  • 9/29/2021 7:39:00 AM
October 1st is designated the “International Day of Older Persons” by the United Nations. On this day of observance, raising awareness and actions to address the development, rights, and protection of the elderly form part of the global discussions. It is a day to acknowledge the dedication and contributions of older persons to their families and their communities. The actions and accomplishments of our older relatives form the foundation of our family’s traditions and culture....
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LIBRARIES AND BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

LIBRARIES AND BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • 8/10/2021 2:31:00 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light more than ever the vast digital divide of Trinidad and Tobago. In March 2020, the government implemented a “Stay at Home” order whereby institutions not in the health, food and security services were closed. This meant that educational institutions such as schools and libraries were physically closed and therefore had to be innovative in meeting the needs of their students and patrons. These institutions like many others had to “go onl...
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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 UPON LIBRARIES AND THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 UPON LIBRARIES AND THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

  • 8/10/2021 2:31:00 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a positive impact upon the expansion of social media usage in Trinidad and Tobago libraries. This was a consequence of the suspension of walk-in services by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) staff quickly adjusted to working remotely and became digital content creators and e-information disseminators to ensure that society continued to have access to reliab...
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FALLING IN LOVE WITH STORYTELLING - PART 2

FALLING IN LOVE WITH STORYTELLING - PART 2

  • 8/4/2021 7:38:00 AM
Welcome back to this conversation about storytelling. In this post, types of stories and techniques for storytelling will be explored. It is one thing to agree that storytelling is an amazing activity, but finding appropriate stories can sometimes prove challenging. Stories can take different forms, some keep you wondering while others make you laugh. Finding a story that suits your preferences and the occasion are important, some examples are mentioned below.   Ty...
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FALLING IN LOVE WITH STORYTELLING

FALLING IN LOVE WITH STORYTELLING

  • 8/4/2021 7:08:00 AM
“Once upon a time, there was a girl who was naughty. At home, she threw tantrums, at school she was a bully….”  Joseanne J.Q.  Lines like these can be captivating to draw readers in, to keep turning pages until the end. There are different genres of writing, from adventure and science fiction to non-fiction or facts, but any of these genres can be used for storytelling. Did you know that storytelling is an old tradition?  Before there were books...
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THE COCONUT INDUSTRY AND ITS USAGE ASPECTS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

THE COCONUT INDUSTRY AND ITS USAGE ASPECTS - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • 7/23/2021 10:55:00 AM
Photo credit Heritage Library Division, Winer Collection   Authored by: Anna Richardson-Thomas   Coconut is known by different names, the Coco, Cocos nucifera, coconut palm and the Coconut tree.  Its fruit is also known as the coconut. In Trinidad, deliberate cultivation is said to have started in Mayaro by Phillipe Alphonse. Mr. Alphonse made a decision “every week-end” to “ride through Mayaro trace and plant coconuts” (Anthony 170). Today t...
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THE COCOA INDUSTRY - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COCOA (CACAO)

THE COCOA INDUSTRY - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COCOA (CACAO)

  • 7/23/2021 10:39:00 AM
Photo credit Heritage Library Division, Winer Collection Authored by: Anna Richardson-Thomas & Shaquille Rowley Cacao, often referred to as Cocoa, comes from the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). Cocoa crop is a seasonal crop. “The word cacao is used for the tree and the plants, and the word Cocoa for the dried beans and products of manufacture.” (Bekele 2). The first variety of cacao was planted in Trinidad by Spaniards in 1525 and was known as the Criollo. The cultivation ...
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LUTALO MAKOSSA MASIMBA - BROTHER RESISTANCE

LUTALO MAKOSSA MASIMBA - BROTHER RESISTANCE

  • 7/23/2021 10:34:00 AM
Lutalo Makossa Masimba, better known as Brother Resistance, was a pioneer of Rapso music. Born Roy Lewis in East Dry River, Port of Spain in 1954, Brother Resistance helped create Rapso, a style of poetry mixed with calypso. His songs Blow Away and Get Off The Radio are among some of the first songs recorded in the genre.   Rapso can trace its roots to the ancient African Griot tradition. This style of poetry came from the streets and incorporates Shango, Kaiso, Midnight Robber talk a...
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ARTHUR NAPOLEON RAYMOND ROBINSON - THE LEGACY OF A PIONEER AND VISIONARY LEADER

ARTHUR NAPOLEON RAYMOND ROBINSON - THE LEGACY OF A PIONEER AND VISIONARY LEADER

  • 7/6/2021 9:23:00 AM
On the 9th of April 2014, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago mourned the loss of former president and politician Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson who died at the age of eighty-seven (87).  Despite humble beginnings in Tobago, ANR Robinson impacted Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the international community with his exceptional leadership and significant contributions to development and human rights.   After attending Castara Methodist School (Tobago), the 1939 Bowles scho...
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THE MAN BEHIND KNOLLYS TUNNEL - SIR CLEMENT COURTENAY KNOLLYS, K.C.M.G. 1849-1905

THE MAN BEHIND KNOLLYS TUNNEL - SIR CLEMENT COURTENAY KNOLLYS, K.C.M.G. 1849-1905

  • 6/29/2021 1:48:00 AM
Image Courtesy: Besson, Gérard. The Angostura Historical Digest of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I., Cascade: Paria Publishing Company Limited, 2001. p. 305.       Hidden in the picturesque village of Tabaquite is “Knollys Tunnel” the largest man-made tunnel found in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Named after Sir Clement Courtenay Knollys, “Knollys Tunnel” was built in 1898  entirely out of concrete, and its purpose wa...
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