San Antonio Public Library

Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Does Your Child Have The Write Stuff?

Last Year's Contest Winners
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?"

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Community
3:49 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Forgot Your Book Before Boarding? The Public Library Is At The Airport

Ignacio Albarracin, SAPL Digital Services Manager demonstrates how materials can be downloaded to the phone
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.

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Community
6:50 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Bexar County Votes To Provide $3.78 Million To San Antonio Public Library

Jean Brady, who chairs the San Antonio Public Library board, asks county to negotiate long-term funding plan
Credit 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.

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The Source - September 29, 2014
1:17 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

The Source: Future Still Uncertain For City And County Library Collaboration

Credit 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. 

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The Source - August 26, 2014
11:02 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The Source: Who Should Pay For The San Antonio Library?

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Public Library and the city are hoping to get more funds from Bexar County to run its public library system -- a lot more money. SAPL would like the county to pay $6.38 million, which is nearly double the $3.78 million the county already contributes.

Part of their rationale is that the county makes up 19% of SAPL users, but less than that percent of the funds.

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Libraries
4:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

San Antonio Library Launches Digital Wall For Electronic Material

This vinyl wall desgined will be placed at the D.R. Semmes YMCA, several senior centers, and Haven for Hope. The QR Codes allow the titles to be located more quickly.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Public Library System is debuting a new way to expand the reach of its digital book system.

When going to the library you expect to see rows of book shelves, but now the library is experimenting with its walls. Its digital library community project takes vinyl wallpaper that looks like a bookshelf where each book in the image has a QR code, and places it in senior centers, YMCA locations, and at Haven for Hope.

Library Director Ramiro Salazar said the goal is to show what resources the library has available.

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Arts & Culture
2:27 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

San Antonio Recognized As One Of 27 "Fascinating" Libraries In the World

San Antonio Public Library.
Daniel Casillas

It seems that San Antonio built one of the most fascinating libraries in the world according to a new CNN iReport feature.

“We were one of several libraries, 27 libraries actually, that were viewed as fascinating libraries,” said Ramiro Salazar, director of the Central Library.

CNN iReport asked its readers to send in pictures to document their favorite libraries. Readers from Seattle to Dublin to Taipei to Prague to San Antonio sent pictures in.

"Obviously, we’re extremely pleased,” said Salazar.

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The Source - April 3, 2014
11:58 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Source: Book Fest Wants SA To Be Literary Destination

90 national and local authors will be at the festival this Saturday.
San Antonio Public Library Foundation

  The San Antonio Book Festival has its inaugural run as a solo event this weekend. Last year the burgeoning book fest partnered with Austin's annual Texas Book Festival by adding a series of events locally.

This year, with 90 national and local authors, organizers are confident the event will again be a success and will top their 4,000 person attendance last year. Organizers want to turn San Antonio into a literary destination.

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

San Antonio Book Festival Puts Call Out To Young Writers

San Antonio Book Festival
Katy Flato

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation has issued a call to young writers in association with the San Antonio Book Festival.

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Texas Public Libraries
12:12 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Texas State Libraries Face $10 Million Federal Funding Cut

Central Library downtown.
City of San Antonio

Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.

The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.

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