On This Day, May 31

On May 31, 1966, The Monkees debut on NBC-TV. The group was  formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and British actor and singer Davy Jones. The Monkees sold more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits, including “Last Train to Clarksville”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer”. At their peak in 1967, the band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined. Be a daydream believer at the library, hoopla and Freegal.



Harry Mazer,  American author of books for children and young adults, acclaimed for his “realistic” novels, was born in New York City on May 31, 1925.  He wrote twenty-two novels, including The Solid Gold Kid, The Island Keeper, Heroes Don’t Run, and Snow Bound, which was adapted as an NBC after school special, as well as one work of poetry and a few short stories. After attending the Bronx High School of Science Mazer served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943–45. He became a sergeant, and he received a Purple Heart and an Air Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters after his B-17 bomber was shot down over Czechoslovakia in April 1945. His wartime experiences eventually inspired several works of historical fiction, including The Last Mission and the Boy at War series (A Boy at War, A Boy No More, and Heros Don’t Run). After returning to the U.S., Mazer went to Union College, where he earned a BA in 1948. From 1950 to 1955 he was a railroad brakeman and switchtender for New York Central. He was an English teacher in upstate New York at the Central Square School for a year, in 1959. In 1960 he received a M.A. from Syracuse University. Mazor won numerous awards including several ‘Best Books’ designations from the American Library Association, The Knickerbocker Award from the New York Library Association (2001), and The ALAN Award for Contributions to Young Adult Literature (2003). Find Harry Mazer at the library and on hoopla.

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