The LEGO Club is expanding this summer!

The LEGO Club is expanding at the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) this summer thanks to a generous donation to this constructive program.

Ms. Sandra Goldner wanted to see more LEGO sets at the locations with the most children within the system and decided to make a donation to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, which is the major non-profit supporting the Library for over 30 years.

“LEGOs are a timeless, wholesome source of enjoyment and education in this era where so many toys are automated and computerized,” wrote Ms. Goldner via email about her donation to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF).

And helping children has been an interest of Ms. Goldner for several years, recruiting foster parents for abused and neglected children for  the DPS Foster Home Program, volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Program and actively attending several benefit events at the Foundation. A flyer at the Parman Branch Library gave her the idea for her first donation to the Library Foundation, inspiring her to think “what a great program – maybe I can help!”

Public libraries have a positive impact, touching many lives in communities where those serve as a beacon of culture and public engagement through information and community programs.  Ms. Goldner and her son enjoyed the programs that the San Antonio Public Library had to offer.

“My son and I took advantage of library programs regularly when he was young, so I am pleased to be able to give back in this way that I hope will benefit many other children.”

According to Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett, Library staff is consistently finding cost-effective and innovative ways to engage patrons through additional avenues of learning while meeting budgetary challenges that affect programming.

“Knowing this, the Library Foundation created a fund that is designated for ‘mini grant making’ on an as needed basis to these branches,” said Bennett.

“We are seeing free programming needs at the Library increase.”

Children programming benefit from donations to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. Additionally, programs such as monthly movie nights, author readings, story times, branch openings and partnerships among others see benefits from donor gifts through the Foundation – which are tax deductible.

And community support for children’s services – especially in favor of children’s programing – through the Foundation and the Friends has been confirmed by Viki Ash who is the Coordinator of Children’s Services for the Library system.

According to Ash, the LEGO programs are very popular in branch libraries across the system, giving boys and girls opportunities for free play by meeting specific building challenges. Bricks and blocks provide problem-solving opportunities that stimulate the little ones when they build together through construction play of all types.

“Even the youngest children become engineers when they are constructing towers, building bridges, designing space crafts – there are even lessons to be learned when the blocks come tumbling down!”

Ash added that “math, geometry, spatial relations, cause and effect – all of these are explored during construction play.”

The LEGO Club is generally recommended for school-age children since some of the pieces can be very small. However, DUPLOS and blocks are generally available for the younger architects.

And while all creations and feats of engineering must stay within the boundaries of the branch libraries, taking photos of the architectural marvels is encouraged.

DONATIONS: To make a donation, in any amount, to the ‘mini grant making’ project please go to the Library Foundation’s website, Once there, go to make a donation, then Library Special Initiatives, then branch programming. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SAPLF at 210.225.4728 or via email at Thank you in advance for your support of the Library Foundation on behalf of San Antonio’s libraries.

Makers Wanted for San Antonio Mini Maker Faire


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 The call for makers closes August 24.

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

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

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 28 in San Antonio history…

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

Work begins on the restoration of old Hangar 9 at Brooks Air Force Base.  Originally created as a temporary structure in 1917, the hangar is the oldest existing aircraft hangar at any U.S. Air Force Base.  Plans are announced for a $100,000 fund drive for the restoration project.  The hangar will become a museum dedicated to the late astronaut Edward H. White.

The F-15 Eagle makes its first appearance at Kelly AFB on a flight from Luke AFB in Arizona.  First flown in 1972, the F-15 Eagle was designed for an air superiority role with an air-to-surface attack capability.  The San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly welcomed the Eagle.


July 27 in San Antonio history…

Signs denoting the names of streets are few and far between in San Antonio and the town is acquiring the reputation as the City of Nameless Streets.

Contruction of a gigantic hangar at Kelly Air Force Base, capable of housing 10 huge B-36 bombers simultaneously, will begin early in September.  According to reports here it will be the largest building in the world.

The Corpus Christi Times newspaper announces that local car salesman, Billy J. “Red” McCombs, 29, has been appointed by the sales manager of the Houston district of the Ford Motor Company to be the local Edsel dealer in that city.   The new Edsel automobiles will arrive on September 4 at his dealership located at 334 South Chaparral Street.

July 26 in San Antonio history…

The Ursuline Convent is now being thoroughly repainted in every part and all panels, walls, lintels and doors nicely grained. Such treatment of the entire building will do much to spark it up.

A Camp Kelly soldier was sentenced to seven year’s hard labor for saying “I don’t like that damned fellow, Wilson.”

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The San Antonio Wings win their home opener, 27-10 over the Charlotte Hornets, in front of 12,325 fans at Alamo Stadium.  The league folds in October 1975, however.

July 25 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
The Leeanlaw, an American steamer, is sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Scotland but the crew of forty is saved.

A B-52 bomber undergoing routine maintenance catches fire at Kelly Air Force Base.  The fire kills one and injures eleven others.   “I heard four to five explosions about 11 p.m. and saw flames leaping 15 to 20 feet in the air,” said Jim Fisher, a San Antonio schoolteacher who lives near the base.

San Antonio Water System begins adding fluoride to San Antonio’s drinking water after a decades-long debate.

July 24 in San Antonio history…

Track laying begins for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce will confer with the mayor and city commissioners this afternoon to settle plans for the proposed swimming pool at San Pedro Park. The site of the pool is known as “swan pond.”

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.

July 23 in San Antonio history…

Col. A.C. Roebuck, one of the founders of Sears & Roebuck, visited San Antonio on a nationwide inspection tour.

Focus IV Computer Systems, located at 2103 Mannix, exhibited a computer system designed for small and medium sized businesses.  The system consists of a “central processor computer, a video display and keyboard, a dual-disc storage system and a serial impact printer with a forms tractor.”  It sold for “less than $40,000,” including programming.

Emma Tenayuca, San Antonio labor leader, dies at age 82

July 22 in San Antonio history…

World War I – 1915
Former President Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech yesterday at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco urging preparedness for war.  Referring to the price that Belgium had paid for her unpreparedness, he said, “Some day or other it may well be that we shall have to pay on a tenfold  greater scale the same price for exactly the same reasons; and if such should be the case, remember, my fellow countrymen that, whereas the case of the Belgians excited warm sympathy, our misfortunes would excite nothing but scorn and contempt.”

A photostatic copy of the original floor plan of an old Spanish fort in San Antonio, drawn in 1805 by Francisco Adam, was brought to San Antonio recently by Bascom Giles, commissioner of the general land office. Situated on the present site of city hall, the fort was more than 300 feet long.

The San Antonio Public Library is breaking all records in its 50th anniversary year.  Books now total more than 500,000 on downtown branch shelves.

The San Antonio Gunslingers release all 46 players just before the deadline to pay them.

July 21 in San Antonio history…

World War I – July 21, 1915
President Woodrow Wilson writes a letter of protest to Imperial Germany.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climb aboard the lunar lander and blast off from the moon to rendezvous with Command Module pilot Michael Collins in lunar orbit.

San Antonio’s 10-year experiment with minor league football ends as the Toros franchise folds.  The Toros played in the Texas League, the Continental and Trans-American leagues and amassed a 94-17 record.


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