SAPL Introduces Digital Library Community Project

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is now making access to the library’s digital resources even easier! Beginning Thursday, July 24, a number of Digital Libraries will be available at community places for library card holders to download and access millions of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music titles using a QR code reader (free to download at iTunes Store and Android Market).

The Digital Library “wallpaper” will be affixed to surfaces inside senior centers, the YMCA, Haven for Hope and other locations, for cardholders to easily access SAPL’s entire digital collection.

SAPL is partnering with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, YMCA, Haven for Hope, Department of Human Services and Convention and Sports Facilities Department to place the libraries.

This initial launch of digital libraries installations includes placement at D.R. Semmes YMCA, Bob Ross Senior Center, Alicia Treviño Lopez Senior Center, Haven for Hope and Connect at Central (Library). Multiple additional locations throughout the Library’s service area will be announced in the coming months as additional partnerships and locations are finalized.

For more information on this project, visit or call 210-207-2500.

Look for this digital bookshelf when you visit any of these venues. Want to learn more and follow the project on social media?  Click #sapldigitalproject on Twitter and join the conversation.




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.



August 30 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
President Wilson got a thorough rest today at the summer White House in Windsor, Vermont. A long automobile ride in the morning and a nap in the afternoon completed the day’s program.  British forces lose 6,000 men in four days of fighting in Belgium and France.  Paris is bombed for the first time by German airmen.  The military governor of Paris has ordered all residents “within the zone of action of the forts around Paris” to evacuate and raze their houses within four days.

The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West  & J. P. Newcomb, ceases publication.

Radio station KONO changes frequency from 1400 MHZ to 860 MHz.  It’s still there and simulcast on 101.1 FM.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The Battle of Tannenberg ends in the rout of Samsonov’s Second Army and his subsequent suicide.
Houston Street will be paved with asphalt, it was announced today after a citizen’s committee let it be known they favor this material over the more expensive vitrified brick pavement. The job will cost $71, 175.

Studer Camera Company is established by Ben Studer in a small building on the front of a lot at 2118 Main Avenue.


August 28 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The German cruisers “Mainz”, “Koln”, and “Ariadne” are sunk in the Battle of Heligoland Bight.  German forces capture the fort at Manonviller in Lorraine, France.

Temple Beth–El is dedicated across Jefferson street from Travis Park.

Edgewood and Alamo Heights school districts decide to integrate on this day, the same day that Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi.  San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood said he was “going ahead with plans” to integrate white and Negro students during the approaching school term.

August 27 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
“Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse” sunk by H.M.S. Highflyer.    Lille and Mezieres are occupied by German forces. The British fall back from St. Quentin.
A flood of mail arrived at the mayor’s office protesting the removal of two murals, alleged to depict Communist symbols, from the walls of Municipal Auditorium. The mayor said they would stay down.
The imported fire ant relentlessly continues a spreading invasion on San Antonio. During the past four months the ants have infested an additional 1,600 acres since they were discovered covering a 3,500 acre tracer in the southern part of the city.

August 26 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The Battle of Tannenberg begins with the Russian Second Army against the German Eighth Army.  The battle resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Russian army, and the suicide of its commanding general, Alexander Samsonov.

The first parking meters arrive and are installed.

Another bit of San Antonio’s romantic atmosphere – the portable chili stands on Haymarket Plaza – has vanished before the onslaught of civilization in the form of the city’s sanitation law. The matter has been kept under wraps for fear civic organizations would contest the passing of the “chili queens.”


August 25 in San Antonio history…

1914 – World War I
French and British troops suffer heavy losses against German forces in Belgium and are forced to halt their offensive and fall back.

St. Mary’s Institute (now University) is founded near San Fernando with 12 male students.

A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

August 24 in San Antonio history…

World War I – August 24, 1914
Cattaro, an Austrian port in the Adriatic, is shelled by Franco-British forces.

Vance & Bros. give one lot of land, for the erection of an Episcopal place of worship, to St.  Mark’s congregation.  Mr. S. A. Maverick also donates four city lots for church purposes.

A drastic Army economy program today consigned Camp Stanley ammunition storage installation to mothballs. Camp Stanley, originally known as Camp Funston and located north of Leon Springs was established in 1917 for infantry training.

August 23 in San Antonio history…

World War I – August 23, 1914
Japan declares war on Germany.

City officials have loaned the Army at Fort Sam Houston two big steam rollers to roll the parade grounds and sidewalks around headquarters.

San Antonio women as rallying to the colors in the war against long skirts. Armed with an agreement denouncing the new fashion, the women have adopted a battle cry of “The Alamo fell, but our hemlines will not!”

With no rain predicted for the weekend, August is making a serious bid for a record drought. This is the longest August period without a trace of precipitation in 20 years or more, said weatherman Oren Edrington.

August 22 in San Antonio history…

World War I – August 22, 1914
Austria-Hungary declares war on Belgium. German forces begin shelling the fortified city of Namur in Belgium.

According to the records in the office of the city engineer, there were 71 automobiles in San Antonio, representing a value of about $37,200.

If new sources of water are not found for San Antonio in the next four years, the city is going to be up a creek and a dry one at that. This was the contention today of R. A. Thompson Jr., general manager of the water board, as he outlined San Antonio’s future water needs.

August 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I – August 21, 1914
German troops invade South Africa.  The Battle of Charleroi, located between Mons and the Meuse, between the Germans and French begins.

Notification of the acceptance by the Secretary of War of the site offered by San Antonio as the future home of the Air Corps Training Center, was received here today.  Land for the “West Point of the Air” was donated by the city.

All new police cars are being equipped with beacon-ray emergency red lights that flash revolving red beams as a warning to all.  Sixteen lights have been installed and are in operation now, said Capt. Frank Mosel.  They are replacing the old blinker lights which were much smaller and flashed only forward.

The Dallas Cowboys lose to the Houston Oilers, 23-20, in the Alamodome – a preseason NFL game for the Governors Cup.


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