Meet the Authors: Emarie Randle and Robert Jacobus at the Carver Branch Library

The San Antonio Public Library honors diversity and provides opportunities for individuals and families to meet, exchange ideas, and participate in the lives of their community. In honor of Black History Month, the Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce St., 78220) is hosting two local authors whose works explore the history and struggle, and celebrate the perseverance of the black community. On Saturday, February 13, authors Emarie Randle and Robert Jacobus will discuss their books, “The Josie Effect” and “Houston Cougars of the 1960’s,” respectively from 2 to 4 p.m. Black_History_Month2016_flyer_web

“The Josie Effect” by Coach Emarie Randle is the story of a slave named Jessie who escapes the Mason Plantation with his family. Years later, his oldest child Josie emerges from death and gives everyone a reason to reflect, and to learn the plight of those slaves who inhabited the Mason Plantation. “Houston Cougars of the 1960’s” by Robert Jacobus features the first-person accounts of the players, the coaches, and others involved in the integration of collegiate athletics in Houston; telling the gripping story of the visionary coaches, the courageous athletes, and the committed supporters who blazed a trail not only for athletic success but also for racial equality in 1960s Houston.

Both author visits are sponsored by the Friends of the Carver Branch Library. For more information about the program, contact D.L. Grant at 210-207-9180 or

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

Community Invited to Special Photo Exhibit at Five San Antonio Public Library Branches


San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) makes rich cultural and intellectual resources available to all. Beginning January 10, five SAPL branch libraries will feature “Reviving Benin,” a collection of images captured at the annual Voodoo Festival in Benin, West Africa. Nigerian photographer Nseabasi Akpan provides an all-access pass to performances held on the festival grounds and within the community.

These selected images offer a closer look at topics concerning community, tradition and celebration. This exhibition is used as a platform to expose viewers to West African culture and provide insight to the unique history of the cultural phenomenon known as “voodoo.”

The exhibits are being organized by the Olaju Art Group, a nonprofit based in San Antonio that focuses on African arts and culture.

Openings of the exhibit, a presentation, and reception will take place at the following branch locations:

Sunday, January 10, 2 – 3 p.m., Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)

Tuesday, January 12, 6 – 7 p.m., Cortez Branch Library (2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224)

Thursday, January 14, 6 – 7 p.m., Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce St., 78220)

Saturday, January 16, 2 – 3 p.m., Tobin Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 78209)

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Parman Branch Library (20735 Wilderness Oak, 78258)

For more information on the exhibit, contact Sandra Griffin at or call 210-207-9230.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

February 12 in San Antonio history…

San Antonio begins transition from streetcars to buses, discontinuing the Highland Park, Denver Heights, Beacon Hill, Tobin Hill and South Presa traction lines.

Trinity University’s long-planned building program on the new campus near Alamo Stadium has finally been launched. Work on the administration building at the high point of the 107-acre campus was started today by New York construction firm, James Stewart and Co.

A fire swept through Ursuline Academy, gutting a portion of the school that had been built in 1913.  By the time firemen brought the fire under control, only the walls were standing and water pressure knocked down several unstable portions.

February 11 in San Antonio history…

More than $1 million in gold, silver, currency and securities were hauled from the streets of the downtown district when the Texas State Bank moved from W. Commerce and Soledad to the first floor of the Grayburg Bldg.

The first of 20 new Fiesta “River Pageant” barges made its way down the San Antonio River today on its maiden voyage.  The barges are manufactured by members of the Texas Cavaliers and Jaycees.

San Antonio hosts the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Michael Jordan wins the MVP award.

February 10 in San Antonio history…

A resolution is passed by city council to donate 40 acres of ground to the military on the eastern  portion of the city, on the site of the government corral near the present site of the post.  By this  grant, San Antonio won the military from Austin.  The post would become Fort Sam Houston.

World War I – 1916
Reuters Copenhagen correspondent says that the German emperor has bestowed the highest German military decoration, the Order Pour le Merite, on the commander-in-chief of the Zeppelin raiding squadron which recently attacked English towns. Iron crosses have been distributed among the Zeppelin crews.

San Antonio is chosen for the site of the new Toyota truck plant.


February 9 in San Antonio history…

”Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a fire next door. There’s no danger and I want all of you to file out just as orderly and quietly as possible.” When A. W. Nelson. manager of the Liberty Theater on East Houston Street made this announcement to a crowded house,, the audience seemed to rise simultaneously but all got out without as much as a scratch and the operator of the moving picture machine kept the pictures going on the screen until the last patron had cleared the front entrance.

Airman Donald Farrell is sealed in a cramped steel chamber at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph AFB, to simulate a space flight. The air pressure is half of what it is at sea level and Airman Farrell cannot stand up nor lie down. His test lasts for seven days.

San Antonio  inventor Don P. Dixon of San Antonio, Texas filed and was ultimately granted a patent for the first air conditioning units specifically designed for the VW Beetle, which are soon offered by US dealerships.  He opens DPD Manufacturing at 504 E. Josephine to produce these units.

Bernard Harris, Jr., a 1974 graduate of San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, becomes the first African-American to perform an EVA (spacewalk) during the second of his two flights aboard the Space Shuttle.

February 8 in San Antonio history…

Many leading citizens of San Antonio have suggested that the new Carnegie Library be placed in the center of Main Plaza or one of the other centrally located parks, like the City Hall and Market House are.  “As Travis Park is to have a Confederate monument at its center, Milam Square a monument in its center and Alamo Plaza some day a monument to the fallen heroes of the Alamo in its center, Main Plaza appears to be the only plaza left free for this purpose.” – San Antonio Light

TV’s Channel 12 is purchased by the Out Let Company of Providence, RI and changes call letters from KONO-TV to KSAT.

The Dixie Chicks play Cibolo Creek Country Club with the Patty David band opening.  This is their final San Antonio appearance in a small club before superstardom. The Chicks would begin recording their multi-platinum “Wide Open Spaces” album a month after this concert.  Their next San Antonio appearance would be in the Alamodome in 1999 as part of George Strait’s Country Music Festival.

February 7 in San Antonio history…


A by-product of the jet age rocked the Highland Park area.  What happened was that an F-100 Super Sabre pilot cut in his afterburner and the explosive sound echoed off low-lying clouds, rattled windows, shook houses and jangled nerves.

The newly remodeled sections of the St. Anthony Hotel are opened today, including the new Charles V Dining Room.  Remodeling was begun in March 1964.

George Gervin scores 12 points in his first game as a San Antonio Spur (right).  The Utah Stars win the game, however, 86-83.

February 6 in San Antonio history…

An invitation to inspect the new Coliseum was issued to the public by E. W. Bickett, Coliseum manager. Bickett stated that the building will be open every day for public inspection, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, and that visitors would be welcome to inspect the grounds and facilities that will house the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Autry-Colborn World’s Championship
Rodeo, Feb. 17-26.

Four members of the North East School District board planned to leave San Antonio today for Little Rock to meet with Dr. Virgil Blossom, former Little Rock school superintendent who is the leading contender for the North East superintendent’s position.

George Gervin, the fourth leading scorer in the ABA with a 25.3 average, is now a San Antonio Spur—for at least 10 days. U.S. District Judge Adrian Spears ruled today that Gervin cannot play for any other team in the ABA during the next 10 days. Judge Spears stressed that he did not rule that Gervin had to play for S.A. His ruling meant only that if Gervin is to play in the ABA in the next 10 days, it had to be for the Spurs. Shortly after Spears made his decision about 4:30 p.m., the Spurs held a news conference which Gervin attended. They announced that the 6-7, 180-pound sharpshooter would wear jersey No. 44 and play for the Spurs tomorrownight in the Convention Center Arena against the Utah Stars.

February 5 in San Antonio history…

New Braunfels Academy, the first free school in Texas, is chartered in neighboring Comal county. The charter provides that the school be governed by a board of six trustees, the mayor of New Braunfels, and the Comal county judge. It was supported by a city tax and tuition. New Braunfels is said to be the first city in Texas in which the citizens voted unanimously to impose a tax to support a school.

The first passenger train leaves San Antonio bound for New York.  Military officers are aboard the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio train, nicknamed the “Sunset Route.”

The Bexar County Medical Society voted to build a $20,000 structure for members’ offices.

February 4 in San Antonio history…

World War I -1916
Austrian forces occupy Kroja, 25 miles north of Durazzo in modern-day Albania.

Work on the state park to surround the Alamo will start immediately.  Included in the $82,000 project is preservation work on the shrine, erection of a museum, landscaping, sprinklers and plaques.

Final plans and specifications for initial buildings, site development and utility distribution system at the new University of Texas at San Antonio were approved by UT regents today.  Plans cover seven buildings encompassing 7000,000 gross square feet of floor space at an estimated cost of $36,522,000.


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