Going Places: Playing and learning at SAPL While You’re on the Road

Now that we are in the holiday season, you and your children are probably going to be out and about even more than usual. Your time on the road is also full of opportunities to help your child get ready to read!

Join Little Read Wagon for a workshop at the Mission Branch Library on Thursday, December 4, 6:30-7:45pm to learn more about how you can build pre-reading skills as you run errands and visit friends and relatives together.

Participants will get to make a gel writing board to use with their children.

View event details. Register to attend at: bit.ly/saplfwrr.

For more information about this and other programs produced by the San Antonio Public Library’s Little Read Wagon, contact:

Cresencia Huff

Early Literacy Program Manager



December 20 in San Antonio history…

1910Yes, Virginia
The San Antonio Light and Gazette reprints Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter (right) that originally appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.  “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

The fire department begins purchasing all new vehicles in lime green paint instead of red.

Santikos multiplex Palladium 20-screen & IMAX theater holds soft opening.

December 19 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Y.M.C.A. football team is no match for Missouri, as the Tigers from the “Show-Me State” rolled to a 29 to 0 victory.  The victors play their next game tomorrow at Galveston. The Missouri boys were all favorably impressed with San Antonio and were well pleased with the hospitality shown them while here. They regretted that they could not stay in San Antonio longer.

The Churchill Chargers whipped the Temple Wildcats, 10-0, yesterday at Memorial Stadium in Austin, giving the Alamo City its first Class 4A state title since Lee’s victory over Wichita Falls in the 1971 finals.

A Southwestern Bell phone cable is accidentally severed by a CPS repair crew trying to remove a utility pole damaged by a car.  The outage affects 10,500 customers in the 73 exchange in the northwest part of the city and lasts for three days.

December 18 in San Antonio history…

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings awaits 150 West Side boys who will be guests of Ben Nathan, San Antonio real estate dealer.

The Central Park Fox Twin Theatre opens with world premiere of “Viva Max”.  The stars of the movie in attendance are: Peter Ustinov, John Astin, Harry Morgan, Pamela Tiffen & Keenan Wynn. (right)

Mayor Henry Cisneros led a $46.5 million downtown parade today – a procession only a couple of hundred feet in length.  He served as host for the dedication of the Paseo del Alamo Urban Development Action Grant project, a project so big it required four separate ceremonies.

December 17 in San Antonio history…

Baylor co-ed Doyle Thrailkill of San Antonio wins a $5 gold piece as part of a contest to name the university mascot.  Her entry, the bear, is selected over other submissions such as the ferret, the frog, the elk and the bookworm.

1953Color NBC Chimes
NBC broadcasts a color slide of their “chimes” logo at 4:32 p.m. on WOAI (right).  This is the first appearance of anything in color on national broadcast television.  The logo is to signal that day’s approval by the FCC of the NTSC color broadcast standard.

Olmos Environmental Services has begun the delicate process of removing asbestos from the former Sears building, the site of the new main library at Romana Plaza downtown.  The work is expected to be completed within 85 days.

A 100-year old time capsule is removed from beneath the 2-ton cornerstone of the Bexar County Courthouse.  Inside the corroded, gray tin box were copies of the San Antonio Express and Evening News newspapers along with two coins, some newspaper linotype and what appeared to be a county checkbook.  Bexar County Historical Commission Chairman Richard Santos said that a new time capsule probably will be buried sometime in 1993 when the courthouse remodeling begins.

December 16 in San Antonio history…

Robert H. H. Hugman is named the official architect of the River Beautification Project.

Four Air Force airmen ended a 42-day space cabin experiment today at the Brooks AFB Aerospace School of Medicine.  Thirty days of the experiment were spent in a pure oxygen atmosphere.  Each of the airmen was presented with a certificate of appreciation and two photographs of the late President John F. Kennedy, who dedicated the school the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.

Billy Joel plays Convention Center Arena in support of his 52nd Street album.

December 15 in San Antonio history…

Buffalo Bill Cody entertains at the Casino Club.

Burglars ransacked Albert Friedrich’s Buckhorn Saloon early this morning, taking whatever they wanted including $40 in cash behind the counter, the contents of various slot machines and $10 in a charity box for the Salvation Army.

City officials broke ground today on a new pavilion at O. P. Schnabel Park, funded by $300,000 raised through recycling programs and donations.  At dedication ceremonies marking the construction of the Saide Ray and H. Waldo Graff Pavilion at O.P. Schnabel Park, Mayor Nelson Wolff and City Councilman Bill Thornton shoveled play money into bags held by Beautify San Antonio Association board members.

December 14 in San Antonio history…

The Texas Legislature approved the incorporation of the city of San Antonio.  The city had previously been known as Presidio San Antonio de Béxar and the Villa of San Fernando de Béxar.

Texas Lutheran College wins the NAIA-Division II National Championship by defeating Missouri Valley, 42-0 – the first of two consecutive titles for Coach Jim Wacker and the Bulldogs.

An estimated crowd of 5,000 people crowded the San Antonio International Airport’s terminal building, observation deck, parking lots and nearby roads to get a glimpse of Braniff 5188, in actuality the British Airways Concorde, as it landed in San Antonio.  The visit was sponsored by Braniff to highlight subsonic Concorde service between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Washington Dulles beginning on January 12, 1979.  (Despite the artwork, right, there never was a Concorde painted in Braniff livery.  Concorde service ended in May 1980 and Braniff ceased operations on May 12, 1982.)

December 13 in San Antonio history…

The University of Texas System regents vote to name the UTSA library and administration building for John Peace, the late San Antonio attorney.

The City Zoning Commission has approved changes in zoning to allow construction of theme park being jointly developed by Opryland USA and United Services Automobile Association.  Construction of the theme park is scheduled to begin in about six months, said R. Douglas Leonhard, senior vice president of USAA Real Estate.  The first phase of the park will include theme areas with a focus on Hispanic, western, German and 1950’s-style music.

December 12 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
According to news reports, there have been no marked developments along either the eastern or western fronts. Colonel George W. Goethals has requested that destroyers be sent to the Panama Canal zone immediately but there as been no explanation as to why.

Fleetwood Mac makes their first appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium, second on the bill behind Jethro Tull. The Flock opens the show.

Most San Antonio Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 445th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to the Indian peasant Juan Diego.

December 11 in San Antonio history…

Louis Santikos opens the Rialto Theater with “Camille” starring Rudolph Valentino and Nazimova.

Olmos Dam dedicated and opened to traffic

WOAI-TV Channel 4 was dedicated today. The station began broadcasting regular programming at 4:45 that afternoon and signed off at 8:00 pm. The feature program is the SMU-Notre Dame game from Dec. 3.  The program was condensed to 40 minutes by eliminating huddles and time between plays.



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