SAPL Launches Mayor’s Book Club

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Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and the San Antonio Public Library officially launched San Antonio’s first city-wide book club on October 1.

The Mayor’s Book Club is a reading campaign that the both the mayor and SAPL staff believe will promote a community experience through reading, discussion and special story-related events at branch libraries. In addition, the hope is that participants – especially young people – will develop an appreciation for literature and a love of reading. At the same time, this experience is expected to encourage new visitors to libraries throughout the community.

The first book club selection is Rocket Boys by former aerospace engineer Homer H. Hickam. This popular book is the story of Mr. Hickam’s teen years in West Virginia and his budding interest in rockets and space. It is also the inspiration for the film, October Sky. We are making this title available in print, AudioBook, eBook and eAudioBook so that you will have the opportunity to read and enjoy this great story in the format that you prefer.

The book club and its related SAPL events will run during October and November. In November, SAPL host a discussion at the Central Library at which the community will be invited to share its Rocket Boys reading experience.

Expect to receive details about the event in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in participating in the inaugural Mayor’s Book Club, stop by any branch location or the Central Library and pick up a bookmark that has details about this new and exciting program. You can also learn more at mysapl.org/mbc.

Copies of the book are available at branch locations or at mysapl.org. Would you like to start your own book club? Visit any branch library for a book club kit and remember to check our events calendar regularly for Mayor’s Book Club events for children and teens as well.

The San Antonio Public Library would also like to thank Mayor Taylor, San Antonio Parks and Recreation, San Antonio Health Services, San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library for working with us to make the Mayor’s Book Club a huge success.

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 mysapl.org/srp 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 mysapl.org/srp or call your neighborhood branch location.

 

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October 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
German ambassador Count von Bernsdorff said today that since Canada is sending troops to Europe to fight against his country, the United States should not consider it a violation of the Monroe Doctrine if Germany should land an armed force on Canadian soil. He also assured the State Department that Germany was not considering any South American colonization in the event of victory over the Allies.

1955
An early morning fire at Travis Park Methodist Church caused an estimated $75,000 damage to the downtown landmark.

1985iceman
George “The Iceman” Gervin is traded to the Chicago Bulls for journeyman forward David Greenwood.   “I really wanted to finish my career in San Antonio, but I found out that wishin’ doesn’t help. Maybe I should have prayed,” said Gervin to the Express-News on the trade.

1996
The Regal Fiesta 16 theater at DeZavala & IH-10 holds its grand opening, despite having only 10 completed screens.

October 24 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
A German submarine is sunk off the Dutch coast by the British destroyer Badger.

1946>October 24 in San Antonio history...
Harlandale School District’s board voted to buy the stadium at Tech Field from the San Antonio Transit Co.

1960
The epic John Wayne movie The Alamo has its world premiere at the Woodlawn Theater on Fredricksburg Road in San Antonio.

 

October 23 in San Antonio history…

1914
Eleven people, nine of which are children, drown when the San Antonio River floods after a torrential rain.  The house of Albert Liebe was washed from its foundation, resulting in the death of Mrs. Liebe and her infant child born just hours earlier, along with four other children: Henry, 14; Otilia, 8; Edna, 6; Edward, 4 and Mrs. August Liebe, Albert’s mother.

1940
San Antonio’s first drive-in theater opens at 3602 Fredericksburg Road.

1976
Soprano Leontyne Price performs at Laurie Auditorium.

October 22 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The Russians have won a great victory over the German army in Petrograd and the Germans are in full retreat from Russian Poland.

1903
On account of the unsubstantiated rumors of yellow fever in the city, the highly anticipated football game due to take place today at the International Fair between the Varsity team from the State University in Austin and Baylor University has been postponed to Saturday and relocated to Austin.

1909
President Taft comes to San Antonio to dedicate the chapel at Ft. Sam Houston.

1980
Senator Ted Kennedy comes to San Antonio to formally dedicate John F. Kennedy High School, which was completed in 1963.

October 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Allied forces have retaken the city of Roulers in West Flanders after a successful bombardment.

1933
The University of Texas football team, coached by Clyde Littlefield, takes on favored Centenary University at Eagle Field here in San Antonio. They play to a scoreless tie.

1936
San Antonio had another college added to its list with the acceptance of Westmoorland as a senior college.

October 20 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The Belgian Army, supported by the Allies, has so far prevented the German Army from advancing along the coast and is holding along the River Yser.

1899 
The first automobile in San Antonio, an electric, arrived at Staacke Brothers today. However, the batteries did not arrive with the car so the first drive will have to wait.

1983
Chicago-based rock band Styx brings their ill-conceived “Kilroy Was Here” tour to Convention Center Arena. It is the penultimate stop on the tour.

October 19 in San Antonio history…

World War – 1914
It is estimated that over 400,000 Belgian refugees have fled into Holland since Antwerp fell.  Usually the distance between Antwerp, Belgium and Essen on the border is covered in twenty minutes.  The refugee trains took six hours.

1940merka
Baylor University defeats Villanova, 7-0, in a game played at Alamo Stadium.  Milt Merka scored the decisive touchdown midway through the final period.

1949
Bexar County’s brand new coliseum was “open for business” with the two-day performance of the Ringling Brothers – Barnum & Bailey Circus.

1978
Six new K-mart stores open in San Antonio today.  The stores are located at 7142 San Pedro Ave., 238 S.W. Military Drive, 315 S. Santa Rosa St., 4902 Frederickburg Rd., 8505 Broadway and 4343 W. Commerce. The six new K-marts are only part of an expansion of 1,400 K-marts worldwide.  (K-mart would close all their San Antonio locations in November 2002.)

October 18 in San Antonio history…

1902
Carl Hilmar Guenther who built the Guenther mills in 1859, died at his residence at 205 Guenther Street.  He was born in Germany and came to the U.S. as a young man in 1848.

1914
A large vaudeville company, including the Marx Brothers, plays the Majestic Theater.

1969
Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play a concert at Hemisfair Arena (right).

October 17 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Four German destroyers are sunk by four British destroyers and a cruiser.

1909
President William Howard Taft was due to arrive at 7:10 p.m. today on the presidential train.

1998
A storm system dumped a record daily rainfall of 11.26 inches on San Antonio, causing massive flooding in Olmos Basin and into Alamo Heights. It claimed 29 lives in seven counties, left more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes and caused about $1 billion in property damage.

October 16 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The Germans entered Ostend, Belgium at 10:30 this morning.

1919
The Alamo will be re-roofed it was decided today at a meeting of the Alamo Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but nothing was decided as to when the necessary funds would be raised.

1977
San Antonio is plunged into darkness at 7:08 p.m. when the city suffers a blackout due to a succession of errors by City Public Service.  The diesel generators installed after the last city blackout in 1949 fail to kick in. The area affected is larger than Rhode Island.  Ironically, after New York City had suffered a blackout earlier in the year on July 14, CPS spokesman Ben Scholl said, “The chances of San Antonio having an earthquake are greater than the chance the city will have a blackout similar to the one in New York.”

2003
Santikos opens the new Mayan 14-screen theater, replacing the Century Plaza 8 complex, built in 1968 as the Century South, San Antonio’s first multiplex.

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