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On This Day, May 6

On May 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, explodes as it arrives in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people died in the fiery accident that has since become iconic, in part because of the live radio broadcast of the disaster. On WLS radio, announcer Herbert Morrison gave an unforgettably harrowing live […]

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On This Day, May 5

  On May 5,  1961,  Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics […]

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On This Day, May 4

On May 4, 1965, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays hits his 512th career home run to break Mel Ott’s National League record for home runs. Mays would finish his career with 660 home runs, good for third on the all-time list at the time of his retirement.  Find Willie Mays and baseball at the […]

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Introducing: Check it Out NOW!

We at the Avalon Free Public Library are always looking for new ways to make sure our patrons are able to access he hottest books and movies when they come out. Our newest initiative is Check It Out Now, a brand new section of the library which has all of the most in-demand material. Here’s […]

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On This Day, May 2

Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling […]

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What’s HOT: Top 10 Most Anticipated DVDs

  1.) The Revenant A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Description provided by IMDb Reserve your copy of The Revenant Blu-Ray DVD 2.) Joy Joy is the story of the title […]

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On This Day, April 29

On April 29, 1945, the U.S. Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberates Dachau, the first concentration camp established by Germany’s Nazi regime. A major Dachau subcamp was liberated the same day by the 42nd Rainbow Division. In the course of Dachau’s history, at least 160,000 prisoners passed through the main camp, and 90,000 through the […]

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Avalon Library Staff Picks – April

Probably one of the biggest questions we get asked at the circulation desk is “What do you recommend?” Well, we decided we’d compile a list of everything the staff is reading/watching/listening to so you can enjoy the staff’s recommendations when you’re not in Avalon! If you’re interested in placing a hold on one of the staffs […]

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On This Day, April 28

Lois Duncan, writer of children’s books and younf adult books, was born in Philadelphia on April 28, 1934. Duncan is best known for her novels of suspense for teenagers. Some of her works have been adapted for the screen, the most famous example being the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer, adapted […]