SAPL looking for SAPL card selfies

It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month and SAPL is encouraging SAPL card holders to send in and share selfies with their card in the pic either on Facebook ( and Twitter (@mysapl). Card holders are also asked to tag at least three friends to recommend that they get their SAPL card too. Over the course of the month, visitors to these social media pages will find a few things that they may not realize they can do with their SAPL cards. Card holders are also invited to stop by their branch libraries and take “shelfies” – selfies in front of book stacks, all in an effort to encourage neighbors to get their own SAPL cards, too!

To get a card, just stop by your nearest branch location or the Central Library and submit an application. It only takes a few minutes and the rewards are endless! For more information about SAPL and the SAPL card, visit or call 210.207.2500.



There’s still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program

Launched on June 1 by Mayor Julian Castro, the San Antonio Public Library’s annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club for children and the 2014 Summer Reading Program for teens and adults are in full swing, but there’s still time to join!


The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and the Summer Reading Program encourage children and teens to read during the summer to maintain current reading levels. Children, especially, lose reading skills if they don’t keep up with reading over the summer.


This year’s theme, Fizz, Boom, Read! , encourages summer readers with a slew of science-based events and programming at local Library locations.


Children can sign up for the Mayor’s Summer Reading at any San Antonio Public Library location or join online at beginning June 1. Participants will keep track of the books they read –or listen to- and receive a Reading Club certificate signed by Mayor Castro and a free paperback book to keep. Readers need to complete 8 books, and listeners complete 15.


The San Antonio Public Library will celebrate all of the summer’s super readers with SummerFest celebrations at each location, between July 26 and August 2.


For more information on the Summer Reading Club and the Summer Reading Program, visit or call your neighborhood branch location.



September 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
In spite of the war in Europe, English and Irish in San Antonio joined hands with Germans to protest the changing of their street name from Washington to Prince Solms.

The San Antonio Light noted a unique decoration at San Pedro Springs:  an evergreen arch at the entrance bearing flags of the United States, Texas and Mexico.

Felix Stehling opens the first Taco Cabana restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand avenues (right).  It’s still there.

September 20 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
In a public postcard campaign to publicize San Antonio, private citizens mailed more than 35,000 postcards in a single day, postal officials reported.

After deliberating 23 minutes, a jury here fixed punishment for Pete McKenzie, slayer of Detective Sam Street, at death, making this the country’s swiftest murder trial.

Alamo Stadium is completed and dedicated.

Three Trinity University freshmen had all the hair on their heads shaved except for a perfect “T” right on top. (right)

September 19 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The British Admirality announces that the AE-1, a submarine belonging to the Australian fleet, has not been heard from since September 14 and is presumed lost.

Among the trick plays being turned over in the minds of local football coaches, the forward pass is the play attracting the most attention.

San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane plays Municipal Auditorium.

September 18 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
It is reported that Paul Vandevelde of Dallas has returned from Europe on the White Star ship Cretic.  He volunteered and saw active service as a lieutenant in the Belgian Army.  He was visiting his parents in Belgium when the war started and he enlisted.  Mr. Vandevelde was released from service in the Belgian Army “as were other United States volunteers in order that they might return to their business.”

The first city election takes place (19 votes cast for Mayor: 15 for John W. Smith, 2 for Antonio Navarro, 1 for Francisco Ruiz and 1 for J. Croco).

San Antonio was shown by census to be the largest city in Texas, with a population of 59, 581.

September 17 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
On the Eastern Front, Austrian forces steadily retreat from the advancing Russian 3rd and 8th armies fighting in southern Poland and along the Russian-Austrian border. The Germans then send the newly formed 9th Army to halt the Russians. This marks the beginning of a pattern in which the Germans will aid the weaker Austro-Hungarian Army.

The Los Angeles Rams play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Alamo Stadium.  Philadephia wins, 24-21.

Hurricane Gilbert spawns a total of 47 tornadoes in South Central Texas (and at least 13 in Bexar County), causing three fatalities in San Antonio. Local damage was estimated at $35 million with damage to vehicles, homes, apartments and businesses

September 16 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
President Wilson received at Washington today the Belgian delegation sent by King Albert to protest against alleged German atrocities in Belgium.  The president took its lengthy written protest and in a speech promised it would have “my most attentive perusal and my most thoughtful consideration.”

The cornerstone is laid for City Hall in Military Plaza (Plaza de Armas.)

The dual celebration of the birth of President Diaz and of Mexician Independence opened at San Pedro Springs.

Capitalizing on the recent death of Elvis Presley, this classified ad appears in the San Antonio Express:

September 15 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Due to the freedom of speech in the United States, it is becoming difficult to keep military attaches or those serving in consular departments from speaking publicly about the war in Europe.  The U.S. is determined to remain strictly neutral in the conflict and it is feared that wagging tongues may jeopardize this neutrality.

At 12:01 a.m., Prohibition ends.  Anheuser-Busch sends their brewery wagon and Clydesdale horse team to distribute the beer in downtown San Antonio.

Two monorail trains collide at Hemisfair, killing one person and injuring 47 (right).
(Photo by Bob Weston)

September 14 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The German armies have now turned to attack the Allied armies who were pursuing them in France.  They have made a stand north of the Aisne River. Their entrenchments there had been previously prepared.

The Catholic Ursuline Order of nuns opens the first school for girls in San Antonio.

The cornerstone for the Ursuline Convent Dormitory was laid and blessed.


September 13 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Judge E. H. Gary, President of the United States Steel Corporation, just returned from a tour of France.  He says, “Statistics have been published showing the actual expenditures of the war amount to $40,000,000 dally. This is perhaps conservative, and the indirect loss will be fully equal to the direct. The stupendous and immediate cost to the nations engaged can not be conceived.”

The northern lights, visible from San Antonio for the first time in many years, had lawmen frantically looking for “the big fire” early Friday morning.

Pope John Paul II visits San Antonio and gives a Mass for an estimated 350,000 people in Westover Hills on the site of what is today Stevens High School.  He also visits Plaza Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, San Fernando Cathedral and Municipal Auditorium. (photo courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News)


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