Saturday, August 29, 2009

Las Palmas Branch Library gets a facelift

The Las Palmas Branch Library, 515 Castroville Road, will close on Monday, August 31, for renovations which will include roof replacement, parking lot repairs, exterior painting and graffiti-proofing, interior painting, restroom renovations, landscaping, sidewalk repairs, carpet replacement, furniture replacement, and installation of a new lighted flagpole. The project, which is funded by $480,000 in City of San Antonio Certificates of Obligation, is expected to last for approximately three weeks.

You can use your San Antonio Public Library card at any San Antonio Public Library location, and you can return your checked-out items to any location in the San Antonio Public Library system. You can also renew your materials online at www.mysapl.org, or phone at 207-6121 (toll-free 1-866-432-8950).

The libraries closest to the Las Palmas Branch Library are:

Bazan Branch Library
2200 W. Commerce Street
(210) 225-1614

Memorial Branch Library
3222 Culebra Road
(210) 432-6783

Guerra Branch Library
7978 Military Drive West
(210) 673-1492

You're invited to take this opportunity to get to know other libraries in our system!

For more information, please call 207-2500 or visit the Library’s website, www.mysapl.org.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Got homework? We've got help!

So school is back in session - and you've got homework.

The San Antonio Public Library's got you covered! With your San Antonio Public Library card, you have free access to online tutoring in real time.

Just visit our webpage, www.mysapl.org, click on "Databases," then on "Live Homework Help." You'll be connected to a qualified tutor who will work with you to resolve your homework issues. Help is available in subjects from algebra to zoology, in English Monday through Sunday, 3:oo p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and in Spanish Sunday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Library has lots more ways to help with homework. For more infomation, call us at 207-2500.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Job hunting? The San Antonio Public Library wants to help!

Job hunting? It’s a tough market out there. Be sure your résumé reflects your skills and experience!

Whether you don’t know where to start, or just need someone to proofread what you’ve written, help is available. Thanks to a free service offered by San Antonio Public Library, you can get online résumé help in real time from a qualified tutor.

You'll need your San Antonio Public Library card. Go to the library's web site http://www.mysapl.org/, click on "Databases," scroll down and click on "Live Homework Help," then click on "Career Center." Help is available 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

You can also access this service from any public computer at the Library.

For more information, call (210) 207-2500.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

SAPL audiobooks now in iPod and Mac formats!

iPod users can now download and enjoy almost every single audiobook on Overdrive! That’s right - Overdrive struck a deal with the vast majority of publishers allowing the conversion of .wma file audiobooks for a variety of Apple products.

Macintosh users can utilize a special Mac-compatible version of the Overdrive Media Console and download and enjoy the mp3-file audiobooks from Overdrive and NetLibrary - a total of over 1200 audiobooks to choose from.

To get started, you'll need a San Antonio Public Library card. Go to "Downloadables" on the San Antonio Public Library home page (http://www.mysapl.org/), then click on "Digital Media Downloads" under the "OverDrive Digital Library" header. Follow the instructions to start downloading books, music and more to your Apple-compatible device.

Don't have a library card? All you need is proof of residence in Bexar County and a photo ID. Stop by any location of the San Antonio Public Library and you can leave with your own library card!

Can't visit a library just now? Go to "How do I get a library card?" You'll be walked through signing up online, and will be able to access most of our online resources, including downloadables, right away! Come by a San Antonio Public Library location within 30 days to get your hard-copy library card.

(Of course, if you have an MP3 or other device, you can get the same great stuff! Just click on the "Downloadables" link above and follow the directions.)

And the best part? All of this is free! Happy reading - or listening!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Westfall Branch Library gets a facelift

The Westfall Branch Library will close on Monday, August 17, for renovations which will include roof replacement, parking lot repairs, American Disability Act upgrades to sidewalks and handicapped parking spaces, interior painting, new carpet, new furniture, restroom renovations, installation of a lighted flagpole, and repainting of the monument sign. The project is expected to last for approximately two weeks.

Your San Antonio Public Library card may be used at any San Antonio Public Library location. While the branch is closed, checked-out items may be returned to any location in the San Antonio Public Library system, renewed online at http://www.mysapl.org/, or renewed by phone at 207-6121 (toll-free 1-866-432-8950).

The libraries closest to the Westfall Branch Library are:

Landa Branch Library
233 Bushnell Avenue
(210) 732-8369

Cody Branch Library
11441 Vance Jackson Road
(210) 696-6396

Forest Hills Branch Library
5245 Ingram Road
(210) 431-2544

For more information, call 207-2500

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Help for teachers @ your library

It's almost time for school to start, and teachers all over the city are getting ready to welcome new students. To help teachers prepare for the new school year, the San Antonio Public Library is offering a series of free database classes. The second class in the series, which will cover resources for elementary and middle-school students, is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. Students will earn 2 CPE credits for each completed course. Future classes will be determined, in part, by students attending the class.

The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please register online at http://tinyurl.com/teacher-resources or call (210) 207-2500.
One hour of free parking is available in the Central Library parking garage with a validated ticket. For more information, the public may call 207-2500.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Virtual San Antonio Public Library adds new resources

The Latino Collection at the San Antonio Public Library now has an online counterpart - open 24 hours a day! We've added subscriptions to the Latino Literature and the Latin American Women Writers databases from Alexander Street Press. Both collections feature thousands of pages of fiction, poetry, essays and plays, much of it never before published. Check out the showcases at Latino Literature and Latin American Women Writers for a quick overview of the content at each database. To access the databases themselves, go to www.mysapl.org and click on "Databases" at the top of the page.

The Latino Collection is a cultural and educational resource which chronicles and celebrates the literature, heritage, and contemporary life of Latinos in the United States. Though the majority of this collection focuses on the Mexican American or Chicano experience, materials about Puerto Rican, Cuban American and other Latin American heritages are also included in the collection. The collection was established in 1996 and currently includes more than 7,000 volumes.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Looking for a great career?

Are you looking for a great career? Think about becoming a librarian! The San Antonio Public Library and San Antonio Public Library Foundation want to help – you could receive a scholarship to study for your Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science! For more information, please call (210) 207-2635 or visit http://www.saplf.org/.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cleaning goes green @ the Library

Most of us enjoy a clean home, but sadly, today’s hectic pace doesn’t leave us the time that she had for household chores. We want it – need it – to be done simply and quickly, which is why household cleaning products are a 7-billion-dollar business yearly (Packaged Facts, Feb. 2008). Chemicals make the work easier.

But do we need all those bottles and toxins under the sink? Some people say no. Today’s trend is green cleaning, a new twist on an old activity: housekeeping. Green cleaning involves eliminating toxins from the equation by use of natural or plant-based products to get the job done.

At a brownbag program at the Central Library, 600 Soledad, on Wednesday, August 5, at 11:30 a.m., April Mier will explain how to clean your home simply and effectively with a few basic multi-use products, such as vinegar, cream of tartar, baking soda, lemons, and salt. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to the event. Table seating will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. One hour's free parking is available in the Library Parking Garage with validated ticket.