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 and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast. Finding Nessie at the library,  on hooplain OverDrive and Flipster.


Ella Fitzgerald backed by Chick Webb’s orchestra records A Tisket A Tasket, 1938. Other charts recorded on May 2 & 3 include Heart of Mine (vocals – Fitzgerald), I’m Just a Jitterbug (vocals – Fitzgerald), Azure, Liza and Spinning the Web.

Band Roster
Trumpets: Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan
Trombones: Nat Story, Sandy Williams, George Matthews
Reeds: Garvin Bushnell, Teddy McRae, Wayman Carver, Hilton Jefferson
Rhythm: Tommy Fulford (p), Bobby Johnson (g), Beverly Peer (b), Beverly Peer (b), Chick Webb (d). Find the yellow basket at the library, on hoopla and in Freegal.

About Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon is a bustling little shore town in southern NJ. Our small population of 1800 expands to about 30,000 at the height of summer. We like to think that we serve them all and then some! Our goal is to make our library available to our patrons wherever they may roam.

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