Books

The Two-Way
11:08 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An artist's rendering shows computer stations at the new BiblioTech bookless public library in Bexar County, Texas. The library is holding its grand opening Saturday.
Courtesy of Bexar County

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 5:02 pm

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.

On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech library explains how its patrons can access free eBooks and audio books. To read an eBook on their own device, users must have the 3M Cloud Library app, which they can link to their library card.

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Book Reviews
2:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Filmmaker Turns To Education Reform, Gets 'Schooled'

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 1:03 pm

While researching his buoyant, impassioned (and thoroughly subtitled) new book about education, I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap, M. Night Shyamalan suddenly found himself at the head of an inner-city school English classroom. And he was terrified. "Time stopped," he writes, "similar to when you are on a plane with turbulence that's supposed to last thirty seconds, but it feels like much, much longer."

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Community
4:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

City Libraries May Not Face One Day A Week Closure After All

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

If an amendment remains in place when San Antonio City Council votes on the budget this week, then the doors at city libraries will stay open all week long.

Library board chair Jean Brady cautioned that nothing is final until the city council votes Thursday on the proposed budget. But right now it looks like library funding will be restored to keep branch libraries open.

"If this funding’s been restored then that means we’ll be at seven days a week doing business as usual," Brady said Monday. "We’re delighted."

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The Source - September 3, 2013
10:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Source: The Future Of The Book

The Twig Book Shop at the Pearl.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment: 

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The Source - August 28, 2013
12:33 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Source: Syria And Bashar Al Assad | LoneStarCon 3 Hits San Antonio

In the first segment:

With U.S. intervention in Syria looming, what do we know about the country and its current regime? 

Trinity University Professor David Lesch, who is the author of "Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad," joins us to talk about  his recent travels to Syria, his experience with Bashar al Assad, and the future of a beleaguered state.

In the second segment:

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BiblioTech
2:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Applications Now Open For BiblioTech Library Cards

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff holds the first issued BiblioTech Library Card. Partons can pick-up their own cards on opening day.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County residents can now apply for their own BiblioTech library card, as the country’s first bookless all-digital public library gets ready to open its doors less than a month from now.

When it opens, the library will have 10,000 titles available for download from the publisher 3M.

"If  you have an Android or an Apple device you would simply download the 3M Cloud Library app and put in your library card information and you will have instant access," said BiblioTech Branch Manager Catarina Velasquez.

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Fronteras Desk
11:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Immigrant Families With Mixed Legal Status In Limbo

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Heath Haussamen

Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Texas Author John Graves Dies At 92; Wrote 'Goodbye To A River'

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 6:23 am

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KPAC Blog
11:02 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Classical Summer Reads: From The Beach To The Ballroom

What are YOU reading this summer?
Credit Courtesy of wikipedia

Summer reading can be a blast, but it doesn't have to be the latest thriller from the NY Times, or a cheap romance novel. I was delighted to see so many new novels just typing in "Classical music" in Amazon.com and sorting by publication date - they start next April (2014) with lots of titles to preorder!

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The Source - July 22, 2013
11:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

The Source: Affordable Care Act Implementation | Moonlight Sonata At The Mayo Clinic

Ahead of the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on March 23rd 2012, House Democratic Leaders held a press conference to highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for America’s families and small businesses.
Nancy Pelosi (Flikr user: Leader Nancy Pelosi)

In the first segment:

The Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, has a looming October 1 deadline on several aspects of the law. The employer mandate was recently delayed a year, so will the health insurance exchanges also be pushed back?

Dr. Jack Meyer from the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy joins us to talk about where the program stands and what needs to be done to ease the transition.

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