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August 22 in San Antonio history…

The polio ward at Robert B. Green Hospital holds a joint celebration for Billie Yoakum, who is in the ward for treatment after a three-month stretch in an iron lung a while back, and Patricia Stephens, who has now been out of the iron lung for five days and nights.

If new sources of water are not found for San Antonio in the next four years, the city is going to be up a creek and a dry one at that. This was the contention today of R. A. Thompson Jr., general manager of the water board, as he outlined San Antonio’s future water needs.

San Antonio Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela fans 15 batters in a 3-0 win over Amarillo.  The 19-year-old lefty allows just two hits in the second half of the season and strikes out 162 batters in 174 innings.

March 7 in San Antonio history…

The vegetable market was moved from Military Plaza to Milam Plaza today.

The musical wizard, the greatest pianist of the age, Ignace J. Paderewski, plays at 8:15 p.m. at the Grand Opera House.

The Lasso Girls of Thomas Jefferson High School are featured in today’s issue of Life magazine. (right)

November 2 in San Antonio history…

The first game of baseball is played in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Light‘s radio station, KTSA, is broadcasting the Texas-SMU football game today.  The game starts at 2:30.

More than 30,000 persons in more than 6,200 automobiles set an all-time record the past two days as they passed through the gates of San Fernando Archdiocesan Cemeteries Nos. 1 and 2 in observance of the Roman Catholic All-Saints and All-Souls days despite the muddy, muggy weather.

The Eagles bring their Hotel California tour to Convention Center Arena.  Opening act is J. D. Souther.

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

Celebrate the Holidays at the San Antonio Public Library


The San Antonio Public Library is a welcoming community gathering place and cornerstone of family, cultural and civic life. The Library honors diversity and will celebrate the holidays with a variety of programs and events throughout the month of December. Visit the Parman Branch Library to enjoy Winter Walk, a self- guided walk through a winter wonderland including lights and holiday scenes on the trail behind the library. The trail is open every evening in December from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On December 12, Encino and Igo branch libraries will celebrate their inaugural Multicultural Winter Festival. Participants are invited to celebrate the winter holidays of countries around the world. Check out crafts, samples of traditional food, dance and music from over 18 countries. There will also be free pictures with Santa and live entertainment.

The San Antonio Youth Wind Ensembles chamber groups are ready to delight area library guests with their holiday program.

This special event will take place at the following library locations:

Monday, December 21     

2:30 – 3:30 p.m         Landa Library (233 Bushnell, 78212)

4 – 5 p.m.                   Las Palmas Library (515 Castroville Rd., 78237)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.        Forest Hills Library   (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2 – 3 p.m.                   Mission Library (3134 Roosevelt Av., 78214)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.        Carver Library (3350 Commerce St. E., 78220)

5 – 6 p.m.                   Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205)

A number of San Antonio Public Library branch locations will participate in WinterFest for children five and under and their caregivers. There may not be snow — but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the season with some warm-hearted winter fun.

 WinterFest programs will take place at the following branches and times:

-December 5 , 1:30 p.m., Tobin Branch Library (4134 Harry Wurzbach Rd., 78209)

-December 5 , 2 p.m., Westfall Branch Library (6111 Rosedale Ct., 78201)

-December 12 , 1 p.m., Igo Branch Library (13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy., 78249)

-December 12 , 2 p.m., Carver Branch Library (3350 Commerce St. E., 78220)

-December 12 , 2 p.m., Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205)

-December 13 , 3 p.m., San Pedro Branch Library (1315 San Pedro Ave., 78212)

-December 14 , 4:30 p.m., Bazan Branch Library (2200 W. Commerce St., 78207)

-December 15 , 4 p.m., Landa Branch Library (233 Bushnell, 78212)

-December 15 , 4 p.m., McCreless Branch Library (1023 Ada St., 78223)

-December 15 , 5 p.m., Memorial Branch Library (3222 Culebra Rd., 78228)

-December 16 , 3:30 p.m., Cortez Branch Library (2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224)

-December 17 , 4:30 p.m., Parman Branch Library (20735 Wilderness Oak, 78258)

-December 19 , 3 p.m., Encino Branch Library (2515 E. Evans Rd., 78259)

-December 21 , 2 p.m., Pan American Branch Library (1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221)

-December 21 , 2 p.m., Mission Branch Library (3134 Roosevelt Av., 78214)

-December 21 , 6:30 p.m., Las Palmas Branch Library (515 Castroville Rd., 78237)

For more information on any of these programs, visit or call 210-207-2500.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, at the San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is a welcoming gathering place that celebrates the cultural diversity of the San Antonio community. Beginning Saturday, November 14, the Library will host four performances in celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Diwali is one of the most celebrated Indian festivals symbolizing the victory of good over evil.


Visitors to the Library will enjoy performances from various regions of India that combine dance, music, mythology and storytelling. Visit SAPL to celebrate Indian culture!

Dates for the program:

Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m., Cody Branch Library (11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)

Thursday, November 19, 6 p.m., Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205)

Saturday, November 21, 2 p.m., Pan American Branch Library (1122 W. Pyron Ave., 78221)

Saturday, November 28, 2 p.m., Johnston Branch Library (6307 Sun Valley Dr., 78227)

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

Community Invited to Learn About the History and Preservation of Cemeteries


Join the San Antonio Public Library as staff from the San Antonio Public Library Texana/Genealogy department explore the history of cemeteries as well as preservation techniques that can help maintain them.

The program will take place at Central Library Texana Room on Tuesday, November 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to record the information found in these sacred places for future generations. The cleaning and restoration of headstones and masonry will also be discussed. Registration is required for this event.

For more information on the program and to register, contact Sylvia Reyna at or call 210-207-2500.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

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 or call 210-207-2500.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

San Antonio Public Library Staff Member Invited to Present at International Digital Library Conference

SAN ANTONIO (August 25, 2015) — Earlier this month, San Antonio Public Library’s (SAPL) Senior Management Analyst David Cooksey was invited to present at OverDrive’s Digipalooza ’15: International User Conference in Cleveland, OH. OverDrive, Inc. is a global digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks & more.

Cooksey’s presentation on the Library’s “Ultimate Mission: Reach Every Corner of Your Community” dealt with how SAPL is reducing costs, increasing awareness, and improving its digital collection relevance within local communities. In the last year, the San Antonio Public Library has seen a 47% increase in circulation through Overdrive and a 45% increase in the number of patrons using Overdrive, through the collection development and marketing efforts of the Library team.

By recognizing and understanding the growth of “information on the go” the San Antonio Public Library developed an innovative approach to provide easier access to our digital library. Staff designed and deployed the Digital Library Community Project in 2014. This ‘library without walls’ has extended library digital services to over a dozen community locations including the YMCA, parks and recreation facilities, senior centers, the San Antonio International Airport, Office of the City Clerk, Haven for Hope, the Henry B. Gonzalez convention center and the DoSeum via digital library wallpapers.

OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, periodicals and streaming video to 34,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Over 500 conference attendees engaged in inspired discussion about the depth of analysis, the technical innovations, and the leadership that SAPL has brought to the library world.

“David’s presentation was timely, exciting, and interesting,” said Shannon Lichty, Director of Partner Services for Overdrive, Inc. “It was our pleasure to host David in Cleveland and have his participation on a session panel. We greatly appreciated his time and efforts.”

San Antonio Public Library staff continue to lead the way in innovate approaches to traditional library services. Earlier this month, Early Childhood Literacy experts from SAPL’s “Little Read Wagon” program traveled to the American Library Association (ALA) Conference 2015 to present on outreach to teen parents. “Little Read Wagon” is SAPL’s early childhood literacy program, designed to support the development of young children’s love of books, reading and learning. For more information about digital services at the San Antonio Public Library, visit or call 210-207-2500.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer

San Antonio Public Library Celebrates Upcoming Comic Con with Illustrator Series

SAN ANTONIO (August 6, 2015) — In celebration of Alamo City Comic Con (September 11 – 13) the San Antonio Public Library is hosting an illustrator series featuring the work of local artists and illustrators. Select library branches will host the work of the artists, and hold special meet and greets and Q&A sessions. The series includes work from Juan Carlos Ramos, Ray “TatooedBoy” Scarborough, Mike Fisher, Alfredo “Freddy” Lopez Jr. and John Picacio.

Juan Carlos Ramos is the co-creator and owner of project Machine Underworld. He is an official Lucas Films artist for various Star Wars sketch card series, and worked on various images for New Line Entertainment’s Lord of the Rings, NBC’s Heroes, and the Transformers sketch card series.

Ray “TattooedBoy“ Scarborough is an artist from the West side of San Antonio and one of the city’s premier Latino artists. TattooedBoy celebrates his Latino roots in his artwork for local bands like Girl in a Coma or in his signature (and controversial) piece called “Sainthood,” which honors Selena Quintanilla. Ray is also an artist, photographer, graphic artist and screen printer with pop culture and Latino culture influences.

Mike Fisher’s cartoon work has appeared in Starlog magazine, Modeler’s Resource magazine and Animation Magazine, among others. In Animation Magazine, Mike creates full-color, full-page toons that feature his character, 3-D Pete! His company Goofa Man Productions also creates short, independent videos that have won awards at film festivals all across the country.

Alfredo ”Freddy” Lopez Jr. is a professional illustrator and comic artist, and well known for his comic cover art, concept, game and sketch card work. His work ranges from Superhero to fantasy and sci-fi and includes many classic characters often with a pop culture mash-up to his work. Freddy is currently working on cards for Marvel Comics and Upper Deck Entertainment as well as comic and game art for various companies.

John Picacio is one of the most acclaimed American artists in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing world in the last ten years. Winner of two Hugo Awards for Best Professional Artist, he has also won the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, two International Horror Guild Awards and seven Chesley Awards. Currently he is nominated for four more Chesley Awards. His latest creative vision is a bold new imagining of Loteria, the classic Mexican bingo game.


Illustrator events include:

Juan Carlos Ramos- Saturday, August 8, 2 p.m., Encino Branch Library (2515 E. Evans Rd., 78259)

Ray “TatooedBoy” Scarborough- Saturday, August 22, 2 p.m., Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)

Mike Fisher – Saturday, August 22, 2 p.m., Parman Branch Library (20735 Wilderness Oak, 78258) and Saturday, August 29, 2 p.m., Cody Branch Library (11441 Vance Jackson Rd., 78230)

Alfredo “Freddy” Lopez Jr. – Saturday, August 29, 2 p.m., Forest Hills Branch Library (5245 Ingram Rd., 78228)

John Picacio- Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 p.m., Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205)

This series is supported by the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and Friends of the San Antonio Public Library. Be sure to stop by the San Antonio Public Library booth at this year’s Alamo City Comic Con. For more information about the Illustrator Series, contact Sandra Griffin at or call 210-207-9230.

Marcie Hernandez
Public Information Officer