Friday, May 29, 2009

Celebrate Dance @ Your Library

In honor of Dance Celebration Month, the San Antonio Public Library will be hosting several dance events this weekend. The Library invites you to join us Saturday, May 30 for a presentation by the Kazamba Drum and Dance Group. An award-winning dynamic percussion and dance ensemble specializing in Brazilian, African and Caribbean influenced world rhythms, Kazamba combines Carnaval traditions from around the world with the energy of contemporary drum and dance performance.

Saturday, May 30 • 2:00 p.m.
Collins Garden Branch Library
200 N. Park • 225-0331

Other Dance Month activities this weekend include performances by The Bedouin Dancers. The Bedouin Dancers embody the beauty and complexity of Middle Eastern dance while remaining true to its origins. They perform Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Folkloric and Tribal Dances.

Sunday, May 31 • 2:00 p.m.
Semmes Branch Library
15060 Judson Road • 650-9540

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2009 Summer Reading = Summer Fun

Every summer, thousands of San Antonio parents are faced with the same old question: “What do I do to keep my kids busy this summer?” The San Antonio Public Library has the answer: “Get them reading!” At 24 locations across San Antonio, the library will host summer reading programs for children and teens. The library will offer events, crafts, prizes and other fun activities to encourage kids to read a good book.

Children can join the 2009 Summer Reading Club at any library location or online at mysapl.org beginning June 1. They’ll receive a Summer Reading Log and a calendar filled with library programs designed just for them. When they’ve completed fifteen books, they can bring their Reading Logs back to the library and choose a book to keep for their own.

The library’s summer programming kicks off June 6 and will keep San Antonio’s children entertained with everything from Baby Time to BACK Pack (Books, Activities and Crafts for Kids). In addition to weekly library programs, several special performances are also planned. This summer, Magik Theatre returns to the library with the hit show If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, based on the book by Laura Numeroff. Azul Barrientos will perform songs loved by generations of children from Mexico and South Texas, from gentle lullabies to rowdy playground rhymes. And Spikey Mikey, San Antonio’s favorite magician, brings his bag of tricks back to the library as well.

The San Antonio Public Library Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, CPS Energy, First Book, Scholastic, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and the San Antonio Public Library.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Celebrate Dance @ Your Library

In honor of Dance Celebration Month, the San Antonio Public Library will be hosting several dance events in May. The Library invites you to join us Saturday, May 23 for a presentation by the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. Artistic Director Catherine Batcheller will give an introduction to the work and mission of the Conservatory as well as the history and background of ballet. Attendees will then be treated to performances by a few of the company dancers and students.

Saturday, May 23 • 10:00 a.m.
Cody Branch Library
11441 Vance Jackson Road • 696-6396

Other Dance Month activities this weekend include performances by San Antonio School for the Performing Arts. Their children’s groups Sarsaparilla and Coming Attractions will perform Fiesta-themed dances.

Saturday, May 23 • 2:00 p.m.
Guerra Branch Library
7978 Military Drive West • 673-1492

Sunday, May 24 • 2:00 p.m.
Thousand Oaks Branch Library
4618 Thousand Oaks Drive • 657-5205

Monday, May 18, 2009

javaNook Coffeehouse Now Open @ Central Library

Visitors to the Central Library will find there’s been an addition to the great resources and services already available: the javaNook Coffeehouse has added its hospitality to the Library’s amenities. The coffeehouse, located just outside the Library exit at 600 Soledad, opened on Tuesday, March 31.

Operated by owners/managers (and friends) Don Counts and Nancy Maladecki, javaNook is lending a unique touch to the popular coffee industry. Customers are likely to see others playing chess, discussing the featured artist on display, or visiting, rather than isolating themselves with their computers or headsets.

As a local small business, javaNook believes in offering the best to their customers and serves locally-roasted coffee at reasonable prices. The javaNook menu includes a variety of blended espresso drinks served hot, frosted or iced, spritzers, javaNook’s specialty Frosty Max and Maddi Blaster drinks, and other non-coffee beverages to please all tastes. Also available are snacks, sweets, sandwiches and other tasty coffee accompaniments.

Don and Nancy’s goal is to make javaNook “the neighborhood coffeehouse,” and in the future they plan to offer poetry readings, live music and extended evening hours. For now, the coffeehouse schedule shadows Central Library hours:

Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

For more information on javaNook, visit their website at
www.javanook.us. For more information about the San Antonio Public Library, the public may call 207-2500 or visit www.sanantonio.gov/library.

One hour of free parking is available in the Central Library parking garage with a validated ticket.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Young Poets Take Flight!

For more than 75 years, the library has celebrated the talents of the city’s young writers with the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition. Sunday, May 17, the Library will present the Awards Ceremony for the 71 young poets selected in the 2009 Young Pegasus competition. Begun by the Library in 1927, the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition has been a springboard for success in fields ranging from literature to the law. Previous Young Pegasus poets have included such outstanding San Antonians as Jay Brandon, Henry Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye and County Court-at-Law Judge Michael Mery.

Open to children 18 and under, the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition was begun to celebrate Book Week (now called National Children’s Book Week). This year among the 1,750 poems submitted for consideration, 86 were selected for publication. The youngest poet recognized is 6 years old.

Poets are invited to submit their work, which is then reviewed anonymously by a panel of judges. Selected poems are printed in an anthology, and publicly read during the Awards Ceremony. The published writers receive certificates honoring their achievement and copies of the anthology in which their work appears. Copies of the anthology will be on sale at the Awards Ceremony, and throughout the year at the Central Library. Cost of the anthology is $7.00, and all proceeds support the Library.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the Hermann Sons Grand Lodge at 515 S. St. Mary’s. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at no charge in lots to the west and north of the Hermann Sons Lodge. Wheelchair access is through a door opening off the west parking lot. For more information, the public can call 207-2500.

Students the winners in “Be One in a Million” School Challenge

Congratulations to the 5,430 students who signed up for library cards as part of the San Antonio Public Library’s “Be One in a Million” School Challenge. While prizes will be awarded to the school in each district with the largest percentage increase in number of cardholders, their students are the real winners. A library card is our students’ smartest card, their best school supply, and their ticket to opportunity at any age.

During the past month, area schools participated in the “Be One in a Million” School Challenge and supported the library’s campaign to register 1,000,000 residents for library cards. Response to the school challenge was amazing – and unanticipated - with almost 200 San Antonio schools participating. Congratulations to our challenge winners below; each is truly “One in a Million”.

City Overall Winner (school with the greatest increase in number of card holders)
· San Antonio ISD – Briscoe Academy

School District Winners
· Alamo Heights ISD – Alamo Heights Junior School
· East Central ISD – East Central High School
· Edgewood ISD – Cenizo Park Elementary
· Harlandale ISD – Vestal Elementary
· Judson ISD – Salinas Elementary
· North East ISD – Montgomery Elementary
· Northside ISD – Stinson Middle School
· San Antonio ISD – Hawthorne Academy
· Somerset ISD – SSG Michael P. Barrera Veterans Elementary
· Southwest ISD – Indian Creek Elementary

All winners will be recognized at a City Council meeting and presented with a collection of new materials for their school library and a banner to promote their victory.

With a city illiteracy rate of 25%, the parent-teacher-librarian connection is critical to helping San Antonio create good literacy environments in homes, in our schools and in our communities. Thank you to all the schools who participated in the challenge, and especially their faculty and staff. They are “One in a Million”!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Support Your School and "Be One in a Million"

Over 150 San Antonio schools have answered the challenge from City Council and joined our library card campaign. The school challenge runs now through May 7, and encourages schools to sign up everyone in their community for a library card. Prizes will be awarded to the school in each district with the largest percentage increase in number of cardholders.

The winning schools will be recognized at a City Council meeting and presented with a collection of new materials for their library and a banner to promote their victory. Look for an announcement of each district’s winner on mysapl.org on May 8!

Participating schools include:

Alamo Heights ISD
Alamo Heights Junior School
Cambridge Elementary
Woodridge Elementary School

East Central ISD
East Central Development Center East Central High School Legacy Middle School Pecan Valley Elementary

Edgewood ISD
Brentwood Middle School Cenizo Park Elementary Coronado Escobar Fine Arts Academy Library Gardendale Henry B Gonzalez Elementary Las Palmas Elementary Loma Park Elementary Lyndon B Johnson Elementary N. Winston Elementary Perales Elementary Roosevelt Elementary Stafford Elementary Truman Middle School Wrenn Middle School

Harlandale ISD
Harlandale Middle School Leal Middle School

Judson ISD
Hartman Elementary Hopkins Elementary Salinas Elementary William Paschall Elementary

North East ISD
Bradley Middle School Bulverde Creek Elementary School Bush Middle School Camelot Elementary School Canyon Ridge Elementary Canyon Ridge Elementary School Castle Hills Elementary School Center School Churchill High School Clear Springs Coker Elementary School Colonial Hills Elementary School Dellview Elementary School Driscoll Middle School East Terrell Hill Elementary School Eisenhower Middle School El Dorado Elementary School Encino Park Elementary Encino Park Elementary School Encino Park Elementary School Fox Run Elementary Fox Run Elementary School Garner Middle School Hardy Oak Elementary School Harmony Hills Elementary Harmony Hills Elementary School Harris Middle School Hidden Forest Elementary School Huebner Road Elementary School Jackson Keller Elementary School Jackson Middle School Johnson High School Krueger Middle School Larkspur Elementary School Lee High School Long Creek Elementary School Lopez Middle School MacArthur High School Madison High School Montgomery Elementary School Nimitz Middle School Northern Hills Elementary School Northwood Elementary Northwood Elementary School Oak Grove Elementary School Oak Meadow Elementary School Olmos Elmentary School Reagan High School Redland Oaks Elementary School Regency Place Elementary School Ridgeview Elementary School Roan Forest Elementary School Ronald Reagan High School Roosevelt High School Royal Ridge Elementary School Serna Elementary School Stahl Elementary School Steubing Ranch Elementary School Stone Oak Elementary School Tejeda Middle School Thousand Oaks Elementary Thousand Oaks Elementary School Walzem Elementary Walzem Elementary School West Avenue Elementary School Wetmore Elementary School White Middle School Wilderness Oak Elementary School Wilshire Elementary School Windcrest Elementary School Wood Middle School Woodstone Elementary Woodstone Elementary School

Northside ISD
Bob Beard Elementary Cody Elementary Colby Glass Elementary Colonies North Elementary School Evelyn Scarborough Elementary Howsman Elementary Jefferson Middle School John Marshall High School Knowlton Elementary Locke Hill Elementary Luna Middle School Mary Burns Michael Elementary Mary Lou Fisher Elementary Murray E. Boone Elementary Nichols Elementary Rita Kay Driggers Elementary Scobee Elementary School Stinson Middle School Timberwilde Elementary Tom C. Clark High School Valley High Elementary Wanke Elementary William P. Hobby Middle School Wm.H. Taft High School Zachry Middle School

San Antonio ISD
Agnes Cotton Elementary Baskin Academy Bonham Academy Briscoe Academy Carvajal Elementary School David Crockett Elementary Edison High School Forbes Elementary School Fox Tech High School Gates Elementary Gonzales Achievement Center Highland Park Elementary Hillcrest Elementary School Huppertz Elementary Ira Ogden Elementary School Irving Academy Japhet Elementary School Jefferson High School Kate Schenck Elementary Knox Elementary Longfellow Middle School Madison Elementary Madison Elementary Navarro High School P.F. Stewart Elementary Pickett Center Robert B. Green Elementary Rodriguez Elementary School Steele Elementary Woodlawn Elementary

Somerset ISD
Somerset High School SSG Michael P. Barrera Veterans Elementary

South San Antonio ISD
Page Middle School Southwest ISD Big Country Elementary Bob Hope Elementary Christa McAuliffe Middle School Elm Creek Elementary Elm Creek Elementary Francis R. Scobee Middle School Hidden Cove Elementary Hidden Cove Elementary Indian Creek Elemenatry School Kriewald Road Elementary McNair Middle School Sky Harbor Elementary Southwest Elementary Southwest High School Sun Valley Elementary

Friday, May 1, 2009

College Applications and Financial Aid – Made Easy

College-bound students and their families who’d like assistance with applying for college and financial aid can get help at the Central Library Auditorium on Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. The library is offering a free program on College Applications and Financial Aid – Made Easy, presented by Chandra Murthy, as part of a non-profit service from the Gowri Krishna Foundation.

Preparation for college should start early in a student’s life. Parents and students will learn how to build an “education portfolio” that will make their college and scholarship applications more competitive. Information will be available in both English and Spanish.

Topics to be discussed include:
· applying for college
· financial aid and student loans sources
· preparing for standardized tests
· writing powerful essays
· the importance of extracurricular activities
· applying without a computer

Don’t’ wait! Register online at mysapl.org, or by calling 210-207-2500. Central Library is located at 600 Soledad. One hour of free parking is available in the Library Garage with a validated ticket.