eReading Rooms for Children and Teens now available at the San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) has expanded its services with a new digital collection website experience just for children and teens.  Through a partnership with OverDrive, Inc., Children and Teen eReading Rooms are nowavailable at The eReading rooms provide a virtual environment for children and teens to browse within the SAPL digital library. Each is customized to display content only for the particular browsing audience, either juvenile or young adult.

“We are very proud to be one of only 5 Library systems in the nation with two OverDrive eReading rooms,” said Ramiro Salazar, Library Director. “The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is committed to providing the best possible customer service to our community, and these younger, technology-conscious generations are a large segment of our patron population.”

All titles in the eReading rooms are also cataloged by reading level and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns. All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level.

“The ability to customize the collections within the eReading rooms allows us to tailor the content to align with Library initiatives like the Summer Reading Program, Teen Tech Week, and monthly themes such as National Poetry Month and Women’s History Month,” explained Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children’s Services for the San Antonio Public Library. “Through these resources, we can also better support teachers and parents in accessing educational content digitally.”

The Children’s and Teen’s eReading Rooms screen the overall digital collection to just show Children’s and Young Adult content, which gets young patrons to the titles they want faster! This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for users with a library card. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fees.

To access the Children’s and Teen’s eReading rooms, visit and

For more information regarding SAPL and OverDrive, visit You can also learn more about the service from a recent interview with Overdrive  that was done by Caitlin Cowart, the Library’s Community & Public Relations Manager:

April 21 in San Antonio history…

Juan N. Seguin, in a letter to General Bee of this city, positively asserts that the charred bones and ashes of the Alamo defenders, burned by Santa Ann’s orders, were collected in an urn and deposited in a grave which the writer had dug inside of the cathedral of San Fernando, in front of the altar close to the railing.(from the April 21, 1889 San Antonio Light newspaper)

The refurbished copper Indian is returned to his place atop the old Missouri Pacific depot downtown.  Castroville blacksmith Alan Lewis restored the Indian after it was found battered and bent in a nearby field when vandals removed it five years ago.

The new grocery store from Austin-based Whole Foods Market in the Colonies North Shopping Center holds its grand opening.

April 20 in San Antonio history…

President Benjamin Harrison visits San Antonio during the inaugural Fiesta San Jacinto. He is the first President to visit the Alamo City.

A Night in Old San Antonio will be presented by the Conservation society [for the first time] this evening at La Villita and along Villita St. The public is invited. At 6 p. m. a street market will be opened with booths and strolling musicians. Supper will be served at chili stands and chuck wagons at 6:30. At the same hour there will an exhibition of Spanish dancing.

A mock bull fight will be staged at 6:45, a puppet show at 7 p. m. and at 7:15 the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist church choir
will sing spirituals at Villita Street church. This program will be repeated throughout the evening.
From 7:30 to 11:30 there will be dancing in Juarez plaza, with a cowboy orchestra, and pioneer dancing in Bolivar hall to oldtime music. An exhibition of Texas pioneer dancing will be given from 8:30 to 9:30. At 9 p. m., prizes will be awarded for Texas Republic, Mexican and Western costumes.

Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver, Drew Pearson, turns in his resignation as weekend sportscaster on KENS-TV.  “He felt he couldn’t devote the time necessary to become a top-flight sports anchor,” Gary DeLaune explained after substituting for Pearson on the 5 p.m. news.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

Bids will be opened in the mayor’s office tomorrow at noon for putting the new roof on the Alamo.  On one portion of the old roof there is now a young hackberry tree, grape vine and other vegetation growing.

San Antonio oilman Tom Slick was quoted from Katamandu, Nepal, as saying his exploring party had found three sets of mysterious tracks which he is convinced were made by the fabled “Abominable Snowman” of the Himalayas.

Longtime San Antonio clothiers, Frost Brothers, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

April 19 in San Antonio history…

It’s a violation of the city charter for the city council to buy anything without a competitive bid, but the city didn’t let that stand in the way today.  The city health department needed a used “deuce and a half” truck for its dengue fever campaign, so the council paid $600 for a used one without bids.  Mayor Mauermann said, “This is not according to the charter and I do not know what the courts would say, but this is a health measure.”

April 18 in San Antonio history…

Archbishop Robert J. Drossaerts rededicated San Jose Mission as a sacred edifice. Restored to its original lines of 160 years ago, the mission will be reblessed to compensate for the time it lay in ruins.

Mission Stadium and Ballpark opened and the first Texas league game was played there.

Mario Elie hits a 3-point shot with 0.9 left on the clock to complete a 23-point comeback and seal the win over the Houston Rockets.  The Spurs would go on to win their first NBA Championship that season, defeating the New York Knicks.

April 17 in San Antonio history…

J.C. Penney opens their first San Antonio store at 305 W. Commerce Street downtown (right).

Clarissa Davis of John Jay High School, one of the most sought-after high school basketball recruits in city history, ends months of suspense and signs a letter of intent to play for the University of Texas Longhorns.

April 16 in San Antonio history…

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San Antonians awoke this morning to read the tragic news about the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15 after striking an iceberg four days into her maiden voyage. Only 705 of the ship’s 2,228 passengers and crew survived, leaving 1,523 dead.

Prospect Hill Apartments for the Elderly, a 55-unit apartment project for low-income elderly residents, has been completed in a $1.5 million rehabilitation of the 74-year old Prospect Hill Baptist Church at 1601 Buena Vista Street.

Jerry Tarkanian, percentage-wise the winningest coach in NCAA history, signed a three-year deal for a reported $600,000 per season to coach the San Antonio Spurs.  Red McCombs calls him “Tarkington” six times during the press conference – including the introduction.  His tenure as head coach would only last 20 games.  He was fired after starting with a 9-11 record.

April 15 in San Antonio history…

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The Northwest Six Theatres open at IH 10 and 410, showing “Play It Again, Sam”, “The Hiding Place”, “Crime & Passion”, “Echoes of a Summer”, “Bugs Bunny Superstar” and “The Duchess & the Dirtwater Fox.”  The multiplex would later expand to ten and fourteen screens.

The 10-story Robert E. Lee Hotel downtown wins a reprieve as plans for demolition were delayed by a vote of the Historic Review Board.  However, the board did grant approval for demolition of the old Wolfe’s Inn restaurant – built in 1909 – at Fredericksburg and Wurzbach roads, and the old Green Gate night club on St. Mary’s Street near Pecan.

Sea World of Texas opens.

April 14 in San Antonio history…

Anthony Dominic Pellicer, the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San Antonio, dies. 

The first Starving Artist art show is organized by Rev. Paul Soupiset to raise funds for the food program run by the Little Church of La Villita.

Museo Alameda, the first affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, opens at the corner of Market and Santa Rosa streets.

April 13 in San Antonio history…

 Mayor C.K. Quin and City Commissioners denied the San Antonio committee of the Communist Party use of City property for a meeting tonight.

Dillard’s reaches an agreement with the Allied Stores Corporation and their new owner, the Campeau Corporation, to purchase the 27 Joske’s stores in Texas and Arizona.  Some of the Dillard stores in Texas have competed with Joske’s, and William Dillard Sr., Dillard’s chairman, called the merger ”an important strategic step for our company, which will significantly enhance our presence in Texas and Tennessee.”

San Antonio Missions catcher Mike Piazza had four more hits today as the Missions knocked off the Midland Angels, 5-4, before a crowd of 2,161 at V.J. Keefe Stadium.  Piazza has nine hits in 15 attempts through the first four games for a sizzling .600 average.


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