San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library

It's called Digital Wallpaper. The specially-designed wallpaper contains digital QR codes that are recognized by smart phones and tablets. 

Now, the San Antonio Public Library has expanded its Digital Library wallpaper to six new locations around town. Library card holders can use the codes to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music. Visitors who do not have a Library Card are able to use the wallpaper to access public domain titles.

Courtesy San Antonio Book Festival

There’s a contest for your teens where they don’t have to sing, play an instrument or spell difficult words. But there is something they're expected to do: they’re expected to write.

“We have a contest for kids between [the] seventh and 12th grades.”

Shannon Stephens is with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

“We’re asking them to submit an essay about the theme ‘A Chest in the Attic.’”

I asked "So there’s a Chest in the Attic, they go to look and what do they find? It’s up to them to determine what they find?"

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Public Library system is launching a digital checkout kiosk at the airport that will be available to both San Antonio residents and travelers passing through the Alamo City.

Inside Terminals A and B of the San Antonio International Airport sit two 6-foot tall, 55-inch digital touch screens with multiple charging ports, where library patrons can checkout e-books and music. It’s part of a new marketing campaign for the San Antonio Public Library’s e-book selection, says Ignacio Albarracin, the Digital Services Manager of the library.

Bexar Co.

Bexar County voted Tuesday to continue $3.78 million in funding for the next fiscal year for the for the San Antonio Public Library system - the same level of funding as last year. 

But library officials worry about the future of county support as it continues to build its Bibliotech clientele.

Library board chairwoman Jean Brady took her plea for a long-term approach to county commissioners.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

The city of San Antonio wants Bexar county to start paying its fair share of the San Antonio Public Library's bills. As San Antonio Public Library director spelled out on our program late last month, 19 percent of the public library system users are non-city residents who live in the county, so the county should pick up 19 percent of the tab, basically doubling Bexar's contribution from around $3.8 million to 6.3 million.

Judge Nelson Wolff thinks that isn't going to work.