September is Library Card Sign-up Month

SAN ANTONIO (September 2, 2015) – September is Library Card Sign-up month, a time to celebrate all that your San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) card can do for you!

SAPL has so much to offer! With a SAPL library card you have access to:

  • More than 2 million print books, DVDs , CDs and magazines
  • Over 65,000 eBooks and eAudio books
  • Thousands of movie and television titles
  • Over 8 million songs for streaming and download (Download and keep 5 songs a week)
  • Programs, and special events for all ages
  • Live homework help and resume assistance
  • High quality subscription databases for genealogical research or learning a foreign language
  • Fitness equipment, walking trails and playgrounds
  • So much more!

Visit the San Antonio Public Library on Facebook and Twitter to submit a selfie with your library card with the hashtag #SAPLCardRocks.  Tag at least three friends in the post and encourage them to sign-up for a SAPL card at a nearby branch location or the Central Library. Photos will be re-shared on social media. We invite you to share your story about how you use the library or what the library means to you. For more information about the San Antonio Public Library, visit mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500. Be sure to like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/mysapl or on Twitter @mysapl.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer
210.207.2614
marcie.hernandez@sanantonio.gov

Makers Wanted for San Antonio Mini Maker Faire

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The San Antonio Public Library invites DIYers, coders, performers, knitters and others to share their hobby and craft with others at the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire. The San Antonio Public Library will host the first-ever Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Library.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. The San Antonio Mini Maker Faire is an exhibition of San Antonio’s vibrant creative community. Makers (individuals and groups) are invited to present their DIY projects, to show their work and to share what they have learned with the rest of San Antonio.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to sign up now. Space is limited. There is no fee to participate. To apply, visit makerfairesanantonio.com. The call for makers closes August 24.

For more information on the faire and how to participate, contact Caroline Mossing at Caroline.Mossing@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-2678.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer
210.207.2614
marcie.hernandez@sanantonio.gov

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 http://guides.mysapl.org/summerreading2015. More information about the programs is available on the calendar of events at my mysapl.org.

September 3 in San Antonio history…

1926
Municipal Auditorium is dedicated as a memorial to the city’s WWI dead.

1971
San Antonio has rolled out the red carpet and red roses to greet its hometown astronaut. The honoree was Col. David Scott, a local boy who literally skyrocketed to fame with the Gemini 8 and Apollo 9 space missions and commanded the July-August moon flight of Apollo 15.

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PM Magazine, with hosts Mario Bosquez and Peggy Kokernot, debuts on KSAT Channel 12 at 6:30 p.m.

September 2 in San Antonio history…

1955
The first Negro students registered in the San Antonio Independent School District’s previously all-white schools with absolutely no racial flareups.

1957
An early-morning truck crash caused a half-hour utility blackout in a 5-block area in the neighborhood of the 1800 block of S. Presa today.  The driver was blinded by the lights of an oncoming car and lost control of his half-ton pickup.  It sheared through a utility pole, grazed three palm trees and came to rest against the El Rancho restaurant at 1803 S. Presa, after breaking a railing.

1975
Classes begin for the first time at the brand new 1604 campus of UTSA.

Central Library Celebrates 30 Days of Downtown

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 1, 2015) — In conjunction with Centro San Antonio, the Central Library will celebrate 30 Days of Downtown this September!  Visit the Library that changed the San Antonio skyline forever for fun and family-friendly events. Visit the children’s department on the third floor at Central Library Saturdays at 2 p.m. for some exciting programs!

Sept. 5- SA Skyline– Paint and create your own city skyline.

Sept. 12- City Critters– Learn more about silly city critters like squirrels, pigeons, raccoons and more!

Sept. 19- Sounds of Downtown– Buses and cars and trains, oh my! Discover the sounds of the city!

Sept. 26- Flavors of the Fiesta City – Learn more about the yummy flavors that make up San Antonio’s favorite foods.

For more information about the program, contact Kate Simpson at kate.simpson@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer
210.207.2614
marcie.hernandez@sanantonio.gov

September 1 in San Antonio history…

1957
KONO to Air Pro Football
Television station KONO (Channel 12) has completed all arrangements to put all the Cleveland Browns’ professional football games on the air in San Antonio this fall, according to Bob Roth, commercial manager. The first telecast of 11 Sunday afternoon games will be Sept. 29 when the Browns meet the champion New York Giants.

1980
Playland Park closes for the winter and signs are put up promising the usual St. Patrick’s Day reopening the following year.  Unfortunately, owner Jimmy Johnson decides not to reopen and a legendary San Antonio amusement park passes into history.

1986
The legal drinking age in Texas is raised from 19 to 21, resulting in the layoffs of 70 workers at the Lone Star Brewery and 25 workers at the Pearl Brewing Company.

August 31 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Early French ace Adolphe Pégoud (6 victories) is shot down and killed near Belfort, France, aged 26.

1928
San Antonio’s first talking picture, “The Perfect Crime,” will open at the [old] Majestic Theatre tomorrow. It is not a conglomeration of noises, but a dialogue spoken so you can understand it. Clive Brook and Irene Rich star.

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“American Graffiti,” George Lucas’s coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1962, premieres at the Central Park Fox theater.

1976
After 17 years of planning, battling and waiting, the end is in sight for completion of the North Freeway, now officially named the W.W. McAllister Freeway. The last section extends from Sandau Road on the south to north of Bitters Road on the north, a distance of some two or three miles. Construction on this final section should begin in five to six months and should be completed in about 18 months, according to Mal Steinberg, highway department consultant.

August 30 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
President Woodrow Wilson has given up his plans for an extended vacation this year, reports the San Antonio Light.  He had planned to spend September at Cornish, N.H. but has decided to remain in Washington until the tense situation with Germany regarding the sinking of the S. S. Arabic is resolved.

1940
A city detective chasing a burglary suspect today at Alamo and Market streets fired warning shots into the air in order to persuade the suspect to stop.  One of the bullets entered a northeast window of the children’s room in the San Antonio Public Library and shattered when it hit a steel bar in the window frame, showering glass and bullet fragments onto the startled readers.  No one was injured and the suspect was apprehended when he jumped into the San Antonio River.

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The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos play an AFL preseason exhibition game in Alamo Stadium. The Chargers won, 6-3.

August 29 in San Antonio history…

1936
Three hundred and twelve aluminum gadgets placed at strategic intervals along the street of downtown San Antonio, were set in motion on this date.  Yes!  That’s right….parking meters.

1940
City commissioners adopt a resolution renaming Riverside Theater for the late Edwin P. Arneson.

1955
The first black students in San Antonio’s history to be accepted for classes in public high schools with white students have been enrolled in Edgewood High School.

San Antonio Public Library Hosts Of the Self Photo Exhibition

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SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 31, 2015) — Of the Self is a city-wide exhibition showcasing a group of four artists, all working with either their own portrait or portraits of others, to establish a form of identity. Whether it is to convey the physical and emotional scars left behind in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis, or to study the ancestry and identity of people, these artists all share the need to further investigate the traditional self-portraiture in a contemporary fashion. Participating artists include Chris Castillo, Stephanie Torres, Joe Harjo and Jenelle Esparza. The exhibition is curated by Julie Ledet.

Photos will be on display at the following branch libraries through September 26th:

Chris Castillo – Cortez Branch Library (2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224)

Stephanie Torres- Bazan Branch Library (2200 W. Commerce St., 78207)

Joe Harjo-  Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy, 78249)

Jenelle Esparza – Pan American Branch Library (1122 W. Pyron, 78221)

This series is supported by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library. For more information about the exhibition, contact Sandra Griffin at sandra.griffin@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-9230.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer
210.207.2614
marcie.hernandez@sanantonio.gov

August 28 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
At a joint meeting of the City and County Commissioners, it is announced that the contract to erect the new Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital has been awarded to H. N. Jones Construction Company at a cost of $200,092.  It is also announced that the operating room will be fully furnished with a gift from Alex Joske, of the Joske Bros. Company.

1874
Pope Pius IX creates the San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

1955
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.

1958
San Antonio School Superintendent Thomas Portwood announced that the school cafeterias are considering raising the price of a hamburger from a dime to 12 or even 15 cents.  Portwood asserted the price of the system’s best bargain will remain the same, however.  “A child will be able to get a bowl of beans for 5 cents.  He can get bread free and a half-pint of milk for another 5 cents.  Then, he can get something else for a nickel and he will have a good lunch for 15 cents.  In fact, he can get by for a dime.  Those beans are good, red beans.  I like ’em myself.”

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