Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the San Antonio Public Library


SAN ANTONIO (September 15, 2015) — The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) makes rich cultural resources available to all, and provides opportunities for the community to meet and exchange ideas. As a community gathering place and setting for engaging discussion, SAPL celebrates the cultural diversity of San Antonio with Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15.)

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, SAPL recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the American story. Celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture through a variety of special events and programs at various branch locations. For a complete list of Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit MySAPL.org or call 210-207-2500.

This year, the San Antonio Public Library has been awarded a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  As part of the grant, the Library will provide public programming – such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances – about Latino history and culture. The library will also screen episodes of the six-part documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage and Latino Americans: 500 Years of History events at a Library near you visit MySAPL.org or call 210-207-2500.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

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 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.

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

October 7 in San Antonio history…

City Council issues decree requiring old soldiers of Santa Anna’s disbanded army to either give proof of respectable occupation or leave the city.

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Baseball fans flocked to the Grand Opera House and the Empire Theater to “watch” the games take place on their respective electric baseball boards. (right)

The Witte Museum is opened to the public.

October 6 in San Antonio history…

The “Jazz at the Philharmonic” show (featuring jazz heavyweights such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Gene Krupa and Oscar Peterson) at Municipal Auditorium is spoiled by antics of two young men who try to beat up an off-duty policeman during the concert.  Promoter Norman Granz has to plead with the audience three times, twice to ask them to refrain from smoking and once to ask the crowd not to yell or whistle during Ella Fitzgerald’s performance.  One of the songs is facetiously introduced as “The Last Time We Played San Antonio Blues.”  Along with the unruly behavior, poor ticket sales (a reported 200 people) move Granz to not bring the series to San Antonio again.

HemisFair ’68 comes to a close with a final total of 6,384, 482 attendees.

The Miller brothers donate the site of the former Fiesta Plaza Mall (derisively referred to as the “pink elephant”) to the University of Texas system for a downtown UTSA campus.

October 5 in San Antonio history…

Texas A&M defeats Tulsa, 41-6, in the first college football game at the brand new Alamo Stadium.  The first Aggie to score a touchdown was Derace Moser.

Both local and long-distance phone service was temporarily suspended here as Telephone Company employees conducted a strike vote.

The University of Mississippi racked up a 21-0 victory over the Trinity Tigers before a disappointing gathering of 6,511 at Alamo Stadium Saturday night. The Rebels, number 6 in the nation, no doubt could have rolled to a larger margin had Coach Johnny Vaught desired to play his first unit a little more.

October 4 in San Antonio history…

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Because of the recent attack on Serbia by Germany, Greece enters the war on the side of the Allied forces.  French troops have landed to assist the Greeks.  Bulgaria has been told to break with the Central Powers or be considered their ally by entente.

Buddy Holly & the Crickets make their only San Antonio appearance at the Municipal Auditorium with “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” Along with the Crickets, the bill includes: Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Eddie Cochran, The Diamonds, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and Paul Anka. The concert of many rock and roll stars was probably overshadowed with the news that the Soviet Union had launched an artificial “star” that day – Sputnik.

USAA implements a four-day, 38 hour work week.

City Council accepts a $3.3 million insurance payment and decides to restore the Municipal Auditorium after the devastating fire the previous January.

October 3 in San Antonio history…

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It is reported in the papers today that Germany has opened an attack on Serbia in the Balkans.

A crowd of at least two thousand people turned out to hear Governor Sam Houston speak in San Pedro Springs park.  His speech was followed by a barbecue dinner on the grounds.

H.E.B. opens its first grocery store in San Antonio at 1802 N. Main St.

Ozzy Osbourne, Alice in Chains &  Blind Melon play a show at Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum.  It is Mr. Osbourne’s first appearance in San Antonio since his infamous cenotaph incident ten years earlier.

October 2 in San Antonio history…

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Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador delivered to Secretary Lansing today a note from the German government concerning the Arabic case.  It is learned reliably that the note furnished a basis for further negotiations and from this it was inferred that Germany was anxious to submit to arbitration the question of whether or not the Arabic was engaged in a hostile act at the time she was torpedoed and how much indemnity must be paid if the judgement is against the German commander.

From 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning 4.15 inches of rain has fallen on San Antonio, causing the San Antonio River and most other rivers in the county to overflow their banks.  The flood waters have claimed the life of a mother and her three small children near San Jose Mission.  Most of downtown San Antonio is also flooded.

Police raid a northside residence suspected of being a brothel, arresting two 23-year old Houston women under prostitution charges and confiscating a “trick list” of customers.  Many of these are suspected to be local governmental officials.

After a tumultuous two seasons in San Antonio, Dennis Rodman is traded for Will Perdue.


Feed your mind and your body at Encino Branch Library

SAN ANTONIO (October 1, 2015) — The San Antonio Public Library and the San Antonio Food Bank have partnered to bring a farmers’ market to the  Encino Branch Library on the first Saturday of every month, starting on October 3.Mobile_Mercado_Encino-10-3-15_flyer_web

The farmers’ market offers produce and products from a diverse collection of local farmers and vendors, nutrition education, on-site demos and more.

Vendors will include:
• SA Food Bank produce
•PAWsitivity dog treats
• Madge’s food canning
• Martinez farms produce
• Mascorro tamales and fruit
• Spice Farms food canning
• Nurturing Sol farms soaps and corn bread
• Rodriquez produce
• Elm Creek Vinyards produce

NOTE: Cash, checks, credit cards, WIC, senior vouchers and EBT Lonestar cards will be accepted.

October 1 in San Antonio history…

The Century South theater holds its grand opening.

Demolition begins on the Jefferson Hotel (right) at the corner of E. Houston and Jefferson streets. The property will become a surface parking lot which will be leased to Allright Parking, Inc.  The Jefferson Hotel was constructed in 1879 as the Bexar Hotel, which was considered one of the finest in the city at the turn of the century.  All but the street level of the hotel has been condemned since 1946.  The demolition will force five businesses to find new locations:  Parisian Ladies’ Shop, Kay’s Fine Linens, Allen Shoes, the Jefferson Café and Russell Stover Candies. (photo from the UTSA Photo Archives)

September 30 in San Antonio history…

The Elite Hotel reopened its doors for the reception of guests.

A steady flow of business that started as soon as the doors swung open greeted the South Texas Bank and Trust Co. on its first day of business.

City Council today renamed the 3-block-long Nacogdoches Street to Bonham Street, as recommended by the City Planning Commission. Nacogdoches Street runs in front of the Crockett Hotel, and there is a Nacogdoches Road in the north part of the city.


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