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 1 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
The dominoes begin to fall as France and Germany begin full mobilization of their armies. Germany declares war on Russia at 6 p.m.

The first international flight arrives at San Antonio Municipal Airport from Mexico on American Airlines.

The San Antonio Public Library purchases a rare first edition King James Bible and other rare books with money donated by the estate of Harry Hertzberg.

The Spurs trade center/forward Frank Brickowski to the Milwaukee Bucks for 6-foot-5, 203-pound Paul Pressey, the Bucks’ first-round pick in 1982.

July 31 in San Antonio history…

World War I – July 31, 1914
Russia orders full mobilization of her armed forces.  Austria-Hungary also orders mobilization.  Germany declares Kriegsgefahrsustand (i.e. imminent-danger-of-war situation), and tells Russia that she proposes to mobilise unless Russia stops all military measures within 12 hours.  She also informs France of her intention towards Russia, and demands to know within 18 hours whether France will remain neutral.

San Antonian David Scott and fellow astronaut James Irwin, become the first people to drive a car somewhere other than earth as they take NASA’s lunar rover for a spin on the surface of the moon.

Tropical Storm Amelia stalls over South Texas, beginning three days of continuous rain over the Guadalupe River basin leading to widespread flooding and evacuations. Medina receives 48″ of rain, a record not only for Texas but any tropical cyclone impacting the continental United States.

July 30 in San Antonio history…

World War I – July 30, 1914
France begins preparing for defense of its border with Germany.  British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, rejects the German request for British neutrality, saying, “” . . . to make this bargain with Germany at the expense of France would be a disgrace from which the good name of this country would never recover.”  The Russian czar admits to the German Kaiser that secret military preparations had been begun on July 24.  Under the mistaken belief that Germany had begun mobilization of their military because of this, the Czar orders full mobilization to begin the next day.

Iconoclast William Cowper Brann is fired as editor of the San Antonio Express newspaper.

Foley’s department store opens in Rolling Oaks Mall.

July 29 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Austria begins shelling the Serbian capital of Belgrade.  The German government advises Russia that Russian military measures to support Serbia would force Germany to mobilize, rendering war all the more inevitable.  Russia is prepared to mobilize against Austria even though Austria has not herself mobilized against Russia. The French government pledged to Russia yesterday “full and active readiness faithfully to execute her responsibilities as an ally.” Britain indicates to Germany that they will not remain neutral in a war involving Germany and France.

The cornerstone of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church is laid.

The electrically lighted archways over Houston Street are extinguished and will be lit no more.

July 28 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

Earl “Fatha” Hines performs at the Library Auditorium (now the Carver Center) on Hackberry Street.

The Northwest Center Shopping Center, featuring Kresge’s, J.C. Penney and HEB, holds its grand opening.

Rolling Oaks Mall opens at Nacogdoches and Loop 1604.

July 27 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Skirmishes are reported along the Danube between Serbian and Austro-Hungarian forces.  It is reported in the San Antonio Light that full amnesty for all military offenses committed in their own countries will be granted to Austrian and Hungarian residents in foreign countries if they will return to their native land and report to military authorities.  Consul Edgar Prochnik said that those who return and are deemed physically fit will be drafted into the army.

Despite Department of Commerce rulings that Stinson Field is too small for a Class A municipal airport, Phil Wright, acting mayor, said he was going to go ahead with plans to clear the land there.

San Antonio has the “inside track” for the proposed $15 million Veterans Administration Hospital that will serve South Texas.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914091
The San Antonio Light prints the headline “Powers in Europe on Brink of Great War (right).”

The first jazz mass ever celebrated at a Catholic church in this area – and possibly in the entire Southwest – is held in San Fernando Cathedral.  Jim Cullum and the Happy Jazz Band provided their interpretations of hymns and spirituals to a 7:30 p.m. service conducted by Father Louis White.

Bo Bice, runner-up to Carrie Underwood on American Idol, performs at Sunset Station.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
 At noon, Russia requests that Austria-Hungary extend the 48-hour time limit given to Serbia two days ago.  They refuse.  At 3 p.m., Serbia orders their army to mobilize and appeals to the Russian Czar for assistance.  Shortly before 6 p.m., the Austro-Hungarian minister presents a note to the Serbian foreign office stating that the Serbian response was unacceptable and leaves Belgrade, along with his staff.  The Russian ministers meet to decide whether to oppose Austria alone or Germany also – who had, earlier in July, given Austria a “blank check” of support.  This news finally makes the front pages of the San Antonio newspapers.

The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce celebrated the renovation of its downtown headquarters with a grand reopening this morning.  The renovation took six months and $500,000 to accomplish.

Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon led his team on a 65-yard drive for the only touchdown in a scrimmage against the Dallas Cowboys at Alamo Stadium.  Troy Aikman and Steve Beuerlein both made appearances at quarterback for the Cowboys.  The scrimmage, in front of 10,500 fans, mainly featured the Oilers offense versus the Cowboys defense.  The format will be reversed in tomorrow’s game.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1914
Austrian Prime Minister Berchtold says,  “Any conditional acceptance [of the ultimatum], or one accompanied by reservations, is to be regarded as a refusal [by Serbia].”
The San Antonio newspapers print no news from Europe, but the Panama Canal will be opening to commerce on August 15 with an official opening next March 15.  The first ship to pass through the giant waterway was the Alexander La Valley, a crane construction boat that passed through on January 7 while the canal was being built.

As an emergency solution to the city’s problem of low water pressure, the city water board today urged the public to sprinkle lawns and gardens only on assigned days.  Sunday was left open as a free day for everyone.

John Mayer makes his first appearance in the Alamo City, opening for Counting Crows at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.


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