The fun continues at the San Antonio Public Library with Summer Reading

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The summer is in full swing and the fun continues at the San Antonio Public Library with the Summer Reading Program and Mayor’s Summer Reading Club.

There are plenty of cool activities left for the rest of the summer for just about everyone. The Monkey and the Crocodile are still anxious to meet all the children during the Eulenspiegel’s puppet presentations and Spikey Mikey will be traveling to different branch libraries with his fun and magical education show.

Teens continue to have plenty of cool activities to beat the heat: Superhero movies, video games, costume design, experiments, crafts and table top games – even ghost stories and s’mores. Additionally, in the new Teen Library at Central the teens can fly a drone, play with electric guitars, use a 3D printer, make a music video and so much more!

Children participating in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club need to read 8 books – or listen to 16 if someone is reading to them – to receive a free paperback book and a certificate signed by the mayor. Teens get 1 entry into a drawing with every event they attend and every book they read. Finally, adults taking part in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge need to read 4 titles and turn in a completed form to be entered into a drawing.

There is still time to sign up for Summer Reading at any San Antonio Public Library location or at More information about the programs is available on the calendar of events at my

July 7 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
General Joseph Joffre, Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western front, tells the Allied conference at Chantilly that a simultaneous attack on all four fronts would be the best strategy.

The huge B-52 aircraft that launched most of the X-15 rockets in pioneer United States space efforts arrived at Kelly Air Force Base today for modifications that will make it useful in the 1979 space shuttle and the Pioneer-Venus programs. No. 0008 is the oldest of the B-52 aircraft still flying. The plane will undergo $272,000 worth of maintenance and updating inspection at Kelly, an Air Force spokesman said. Officials said the B-52 would be instrumental in preparing for the space shuttle by taking the shuttle craft up 100,000 feet (27 miles) and jettisoning two engines of the craft to float to earth under 120-feet diameter parachutes.

A four-foot square piece of limestone was pried out of the wall of the KENS-TV building today.  Behind the stone was a time capsule consisting of four locked vaults.  They were placed there on July 7, 1956 during the dedication of the then-new home of KENS-TV and KENS Radio.  Susan Howard, who plays Donna Culver on the TV show “Dallas” was on hand to open the vaults.  Master of ceremonies was Joe Alston, better known as “Captain Gus.”

The 210 area code changes to include only San Antonio and Bexar County.Area codes 830 and 956 are added for areas north and south of San Antonio.

July 6 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The British Expeditionary Forces have been fitted with a new defense against gas attacks called a “Hypo Helmet.” It is simply a khaki-colored flannel bag soaked in hypo solution (glycerin and sodium thiosulphate) to protect against chlorine. The soldier places it over his head and tucks the bottom into his tunic. The wearer breathes through the material making up the bag. A window made of rectangular mica or celluloid provides visibility.

The Texas Order of the Sons of Hermann is founded in San Antonio.

Alexander Joske , President of Joske Brothers Co., has acquired from the Mercantile Building Co. for a cash consideration of $120,000, a lot fronting 45 feet on Commerce, 318 feet on N. Presa and 45 feet on Crockett streets.

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 36 reached agreement with Pearl Brewery on a new three-year contract and went back to work today, ending their 24-day strike.

July 5 in San Antonio history…

Very Rev. Walter J. Buehler, S.M., Ph.D.,becomes president of St. Mary’s University, succeeding Very Rev. Louis J.Blume, S.M., who has headed the school since 1947.

The San Antonio Independent School District was going ahead with plans to integrate white and Negro pupils in the city’s public schools.

“Seinfeld” premieres on KMOL on a Wednesday night as “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” with the terse description – “A comedy.”  The second episode would not air until May 31, 1990.

July 4 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio’s plans for a Bicentennial parade are drenched by 1.5 inches of rain that falls just before the parade is due to start.  Bill Roth, parade chairman, said that 40 to 50 of the expected 300 entrants did not show up for the parade, predicted to be the largest in San Antonio history.

The Express and the News newspapers are combined for the day.

476 properties are foreclosed today on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse, the most significant of which was The Republic of Texas Plaza (formerly First RepublicBank Plaza) which contains the facade of the Texas Theater along Houston Street.  NCNB bought the note on the building for $15 million on a $70 million note.  Also, Bexar Savings foreclosed on a 158-acre tract of land near the future Opryland USA theme park at Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 West (now Six Flags Fiesta Texas.)  The original note was for $27.57 million and Bexar Savings purchased it for $10.63 million.

July 3 in San Antonio history…

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

Natural Bridge Caverns opens to the public.

The morning low temperature reaches 65 degrees, breaking the 99-year record of 66.

July 2 in San Antonio history…

The site for the Church of San Fernando is selected when Juan Antonio Pérez de Almazán, captain of the Presidio of San Antonio, lays out a central square for the villa of San Fernando de Béxar, as San Antonio was first called. The church is to be located on the west side of the square. After Almazan selected the site of the doorway of the church, the Main Plaza was laid out from the doorway.

A note in the minutes of the City Records this day reads as follows: “In consequence of the Council and Citizens generally being engaged in making preparations to repel the aggressions of the Indians there was no meeting of the Corporation this day. Signed, W. P. Delmour Secretary, July 2.”

KENS-TV channel 5 purchases an Ampex VR-2000 videotape machine and becomes the first San Antonio TV station with two videotape machines for color recording and playback.

Van Halen makes their first appearance in San Antonio at Municipal Auditorium.  Head East opens the show.  No brown M&Ms are harmed before or after the concert.


July 1 in San Antonio history…

Rainfall in San Antonio, has caused the McKenzie Construction Company to postpone excavation of dirt from freeway underpasses until Monday.  J. F. Snelling, superintendent, said,  3,000,000 gallons of water collected in three excavation areas, standing as high as eight feet in the proposed Brooklyn, San Pedro and Main underpasses.  They hope to have the San Pedro bridge open to the public by August 3, the McCullough bridge by Oct. 3 and the Main bridge by Dec. 15.  It’s too early to set a date for the Brooklyn and Lexington bridges.  The project is due to be completed by July 1954.

Star Wars debuts in San Antonio at the Wonder Theater (ABC Interstate) and the Century South 6 (Santikos).

Demolition of HemisFair Arena officially begins.  The graduation ceremony for the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1995 was the last public event held in the old arena.

June 30 in San Antonio history…

A San Antonio Light article reports on the new computer handling patient records at Brooke General Hospital.  The IBM 1440 computer required the construction of a special room and uses disk packs that store 3 million characters [3 Megabytes], or 4,000 patient records.  The system cost “less than $25,000.”

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation began its annual fundraising campaign today.  The goal is $10 million which will be used to purchase additional books, furniture and a “unique bilingual computerized book catalog system for the new central library and branch facilities.”  The computerized catalog system  will be able to tell a patron if a book being sought is already checked out.  Home computers equipped with a modem will be able to connect to the library’s new catalog.

A storm system dumps six inches of rain on the Hill Country and up to ten inches in various places around South Texas. The rain persists for three days and causes San Antonio’s worst flooding since 1998.

June 29 in San Antonio history…

World War I – June 29, 1915
Austro-Hungarians and Germans advance towards the Vistula and Bug rivers in what is today Poland.

In the last night contest for nearly 33 years, Houston and San Antonio play an exhibition under temporary lights at San Pedro Park.  The benefit for the Belknap Rifles,a military drill unit,  drew a little over 1,500 fans.

Tom Nissalke, former coach of the ABA Dallas Chapparals and the NBA Seattle Supersonics, is named the first head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

After a week’s delay due to four days of rain totaling more than two inches, Water Park U.S.A. holds its grand opening.  The $10 million water park is located off Interstate 35 between Coliseum Drive and Binz-Engleman Road.  (The park is now known as Splashtown San Antonio.)


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