SAPL Launches Mayor’s Book Club



Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and the San Antonio Public Library officially launched San Antonio’s first city-wide book club on October 1.

The Mayor’s Book Club is a reading campaign that the both the mayor and SAPL staff believe will promote a community experience through reading, discussion and special story-related events at branch libraries. In addition, the hope is that participants – especially young people – will develop an appreciation for literature and a love of reading. At the same time, this experience is expected to encourage new visitors to libraries throughout the community.

The first book club selection is Rocket Boys by former aerospace engineer Homer H. Hickam. This popular book is the story of Mr. Hickam’s teen years in West Virginia and his budding interest in rockets and space. It is also the inspiration for the film, October Sky. We are making this title available in print, AudioBook, eBook and eAudioBook so that you will have the opportunity to read and enjoy this great story in the format that you prefer.

The book club and its related SAPL events will run during October and November. In November, SAPL host a discussion at the Central Library at which the community will be invited to share its Rocket Boys reading experience.

Expect to receive details about the event in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in participating in the inaugural Mayor’s Book Club, stop by any branch location or the Central Library and pick up a bookmark that has details about this new and exciting program. You can also learn more at

Copies of the book are available at branch locations or at Would you like to start your own book club? Visit any branch library for a book club kit and remember to check our events calendar regularly for Mayor’s Book Club events for children and teens as well.

The San Antonio Public Library would also like to thank Mayor Taylor, San Antonio Parks and Recreation, San Antonio Health Services, San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library for working with us to make the Mayor’s Book Club a huge success.


Posted on October 1, 2014, in PR. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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