The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on May 26, 1897. Written in the form of diaries and journals of its main characters, Dracula is the story of a vampire who makes his way from Transylvania–a region of Eastern Europe now in Romania–to Yorkshire, England, and preys on innocents there to get the blood he needs to live. Stoker had originally named the vampire “Count Wampyr.” He found the name Dracula in a book on Wallachia and Moldavia written by retired diplomat William Wilkinson, which he borrowed from a Yorkshire public library during his family’s vacations there. What is that sucking sound coming from the library, hoopla and OverDrive (Avalon & Consortium).
On May 26, 1968, Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel) hits the pop charts. Koo-koo-ka-choo at the library, on hoopla and in Freegal.