Library and Information Week 2020: Library trivia with Catherine and Ben at Sunnybank Hills Library - video transcript

This page is a video transcript of the Library and Information Week: Library triva with Catherine and Ben at Sunnybank Hills Library video hosted on Brisbane City Council's YouTube channel. This video is nearly 15 minutes and 47 seconds long.

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>> CATHERINE: Hi, I’m Catherine

>> BEN: And I’m Ben

>> CATHERINE: And we’re from Sunnybank Hills Library

>> CATHERINE: Before we get started, we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we meet and pay our respects to Elders who are with us today and who have passed.

>> BEN: Welcome to Library and Information Week 2020. This year the theme is ‘create’; and every day this week Brisbane Libraries will be a sharing an online event celebrating creativity. We encourage you all to get creative with us and share the projects we inspire.

>> CATHERINE: Today we will be doing a Library and Information Week themed trivia. There will be 20 questions altogether. You are welcome to answer along as we go, or you can grab yourself a pen and paper.

>> CATHERINE: Round one. This round is 'libraries'. There’s five questions in this round, each worth one point. Some are multiple-choice and some you just have to figure out the answer.

>> BEN: Ok, so for question number one. Hope you are ready. What are the names of the New York Public Library’s famous and beloved marble lion statues? A: is it Patience and Fortitude, B: Atticus and Huckleberry, or C: Simba and Mufasa?

>> CATHERINE: Questions two. Which cities house the two largest libraries in the world? Is it A: Cairo and Beijing, B: Washington D.C. and London, or C: New York and Berlin.

>> BEN: Now for this next question, there is no multiple choice. Which ancient library was accidentally partially burned by Julius Caesar during his civil war in 48 BC? 

>> CATHERINE: Question four. The Bodleian Library is part of which prestigious university? Is it A: Oxford, B: Yale, or C: Cambridge?

>> BEN: And the final question, number five, for this round. Which library currently houses Ned Kelly’s famous armour?

>> CATHERINE: Alright, stay tuned for the answers.

>> CATHERINE: Reading.

>> BEN: It’s great!

>> BEN: Ok, so now for the answers to round number one. Each of these questions, if you’re scoring at home, is worth one point. So, for the first one, it was what are the names of New York Public Library’s famous and beloved marble lion statues? And it was A, Patience and Fortitude. And it was during the 1930s, that the mayor of New York named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. 

>> CATHERINE: Question two. Which cities house the largest libraries in the world? So, the answer was B, Washington D.C. and London. Washington D.C. is the home of the Library of Congress and London is the home of The British Library. Both libraries holds over 170 million items each. 

>> BEN: Wow!

>> CATHERINE: It’s a lot.

>> BEN: Ok, question number three. The answer. Which ancient library was accidentally partially burned by Julius Caesar? Well, it was the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. And it was during a battle of Caesar’s men set fire to the ships in the Alexandria harbour. However, the fire got out of control and spread to other parts of the city, including the Library of Alexandria. 

>> CATHERINE: Alright, question four. The Bodleian Library is part of which prestigious university? It is of course, A, Oxford University. So, the Bodleian library is the main research at the University of Oxford, with over 12 million items it’s also Britain’s second largest library. And, it’s also one of the oldest in Europe as well. It was formally established in 1602, but it’s roots go back to the early 1300s. 

>> BEN: And the last question, number five, it was about Ned Kelly’s armour and which library it is currently at? Well, the answer is the Victorian State Library. After Ned Kelly’s death the armour was given to Sir William Clark before it was donated to the State Library.

>> CATHERINE: That’s it. How did you do out of five?

>> CATHERINE: Round two is all about Brisbane City Council Libraries. There are also five questions in this round. Except, there is a total of thirteen points up for grabs. So, let’s get started. 

>> CATHERINE: Question one is how many Brisbane City Council library branches are there in Brisbane?

>> BEN: Questions two. What is the oldest Brisbane City Council library?

>> CATHERINE: Question three. During regular opening hours, which Brisbane City Council libraries are open on Sundays? Now, there are six altogether, so you can have a point for any correct library that you name. 

>> BEN: And question number four. What four main colours are on the outside of Brisbane Square Library? For this one it’s one point for each correct answer or each colour that you can name.

>> CATHERINE: And the last question, question five. Which Brisbane library was originally built as an army barracks before being relocated to its current location and repurposed as a library? 

>> CATHERINE: Alright, stay tuned for the answers.

>> JOANNE: Do you know that the majority of beaches are made up of quartz. Reading, opens the mind. 

>> BEN: It’s now time for the answers to round number two. So…

>> CATHERINE: Question one. How many Brisbane City Council library branches are there in Brisbane? Well, there’s thirty-three and we also have our Pop-up Library and Mobile Library that visit various suburbs around Brisbane. 

>> BEN: Question number two was what is the oldest Brisbane City Council library? Well, the answer is West End library. Known at the time as the Kurilpa Library, it was the first purpose-built municipal library in Queensland and was opened in 1929. The top floor of the building was originally living quarters for the caretaker and included a kitchen, dining room, bathroom, living room and 2 bedrooms. 

>> CATHERINE: Amazing.

>> CATHERINE: Question three. During regular opening hours, which Brisbane City Council libraries are open on Sundays? Now, there are six, so you get a point for every one that you get correct and the six libraries are Brisbane Square, Garden City, Chermside, Carindale, Indooroopilly and the Mount Coot-tha Library.

>> BEN: Ok. Number four was what are the main colours outside the Brisbane Square Library? So, there were four different colours so four different potential points. So, the colours were blue, yellow, orange and green.

>> CATHERINE: And the last question. Which Brisbane library was originally built as an army barracks before being relocated and repurposed? It was Stones Corner Library. So, it was originally located at Victoria Park and the building was used as sleeping quarters by the Australian Women’s Army Service.

>> BEN: Wow, that’s actually quite interesting.

>> CATHERINE: Yeah.

>> BEN: Yeah.

>> CATHERINE: Round three is 'books and authors'. There are ten questions in this round and it’s worth a total of thirteen points.

>> BEN: Ok, so, question number one. In 1960, as a result of a bet with his publisher, which popular children’s author wrote a book using only 50 unique words?

>> CATHERINE: Question two. This is multiple choice. What was Stephen King’s first published novel? Was it A: Carrie, B: IT or C: The Shining?

>> BEN: Question number three. In 1863 which author wrote a book describing a future world of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators and a worldwide communications network? Was it A: Charles Dickens, B: Jules Verne or C: Mark Twain?

>> CATHERINE: Question four. Which novel starts with the line “Call me Ishmael”?

>> BEN: Question number five. The beginning of the last Harry Potter book was set in the same year that the first Harry Potter book was published. What year was it? 

>> CATHERINE: Question six. Which novel is set on a desert planet inhabited by giant sandworms? Was it A: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, B: Stranger in a Strange Land or C: Dune?

>> BEN: Question number seven. Which popular children’s author is credited with popularising the words “gremlin” and “scrumdiddlyumptious”?

>> CATHERINE: Question eight. Which of Shakespeare’s plays features the quote “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”? Was it A: Twelfth Night, B: Macbeth or C: King Lear?

>> BEN: Question number nine. Of Jane Austen’s nine finished and unfinished works, which four of her novels were published during her lifetime? There’s a point for each correct answer you can give. So, a potential of four points for that one.

>> CATHERINE: And question ten. Which spy novelist was formally the head of MI5? So, we’ve got A: Anthony Horowitz, B: Ian Fleming or C: Stella Rimington?

>> CATHERINE: Stay tuned for the answers.

>> GINA: Can you tell me? Can libraries answer questions for us?

>> MICHELE: Well, yes, we can Gina, because we’ve got everything you need to know.

>> GINA: Wow!

>> BEN: Now for the answers to round number three, the final round. 

>> BEN: So, question number one was in 1960, as a result of a bet with his publisher, which popular children’s author wrote a book using only 50 unique words? Well, the answer is Dr Seuss and the book was Green Eggs and Ham

>> CATHERINE: Question two. Which was Stephen King’s first published novel? And the answer was A, Carrie. So, Stephen King wrote the novel while he was living in a trailer with his wife and he wrote it on a portable typewriter. He initially threw out the first few pages, but his wife retrieved it from the bin, read them and encouraged him to continue writing the novel.

>> BEN: Question number three was in 1863 which author wrote a book describing a future world of glass skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators and a worldwide communications network? Well, the answer is Jules Verne. And French novelist Jules Verne wrote the science fiction novel Paris in the Twentieth Century which was set 1960. Verne’s publisher wouldn’t release the book at the time because he thought it was too unbelievable. It was first published 131 years later in 1994.

>> CATHERINE: Question four. Which novel starts with the line “Call me Ishmael”? It is, of course, Moby Dick. So, it is by Herman Melville. It was published in 1851. Moby-Dick received mixed reviews at the time and was considered a commercial failure. It wasn’t until the 20th century that it gained a lot more popularity. And its opening sentence, "Call me Ishmael", is among literature's most famous.

>> BEN: Question number five was the beginning of the last Harry Potter book was set in the same year that the first Harry Potter book was published and what year was it? Well, the year was 1997. The first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK in June 1997, and in the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the story begins in July 1997. To quote the golden snitch – “I open at the close”. 

>> CATHERINE: Alright, question six. Which novel is set on a desert planet inhabited by giant sandworms? And the answer was C, Dune. So, the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert inspired movies, mini-series, computer games, even a game board. Board game [laughter]. There’s a new film adaption scheduled to be released later this year. 

>> BEN: Question number seven. Which popular children’s author is credited with popularising the words “gremlin” and “scrumdiddlyumptious”? Well, the answer is Roald Dahl. The word gremlin which was little known outside the Royal Air Force was popularised through his first children’s novel The Gremlins published in 1942, and it was describing tiny men who live on RAF fighters.

>> CATHERINE: Alright, question eight. Which of Shakespeare’s plays features the quote “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”? So, the answer is actually A, Twelfth Night. This quote is often mistaken as a quote about great people doing great things, but it is actually from Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night. It was used in a letter written to the character Malvolio as part of a cruel practical joke in order to trick him into humiliating himself. 

>> BEN: So, question number nine. Had five possible, sorry, four possible answers. So, of Jane Austen’s nine finished and unfinished works, which four of her novels were published during her lifetime? So, the four novels were Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma.

>> CATHERINE: And number ten. Which spy novelist was formally the head of MI5? It was C, Stella Rimington. So, espionage and spy novelist Dame Stella Rimington worked for MI5 for twenty-seven years and she was the Director-General from 1992 until her retirement in 1996. 

>> CATHERINE: Alright, so, add up all your answers. You should have a total out of thirty-one, so, five for round one, thirteen for round two and thirteen for round three. So, tell us what you got out of thirty-one. 

>> BEN: Thank you for joining us today, we hope you’ve learned some fun new facts about libraries. Why not share your favourite piece of library trivia with us too?

>> CATHERINE: You can add them in the comments below, by tagging us @brisbanelibraries, or using hashtags #brisbanelibraries and hashtag #LIW2020.

>> BEN: Join Brisbane Square Library tomorrow as they show us how to make original and imaginative poetry using the blackout technique.

>> BEN: Goodbye.

>> CATHERINE: Bye.

Last updated: 1 June 2020