Friday, May 28, 2010

The San Antonio Public Library wants your opinion!

As the next step in its strategic planning process, the San Antonio Public Library is conducting a public survey to gather community input on current library resources and services as well as new directions the library should take in the future. A questionnaire has been mailed to households throughout the City and County covering topics such as how people currently use the library, what needs exist for new resources and services, and what the priorities are for library service in the next five years. Both library users and non-users are included in the survey.

Library Director Ramiro Salazar emphasized the importance of responding to the survey. “Customer service is the highest priority of the San Antonio Public Library. As we plan the San Antonio Public Library of the future, it is essential to have input from the entire community, both those who use libraries regularly and those who use them infrequently or not at all. We ask that everyone who receives a survey complete and return it.” Mr. Salazar noted that, in order to ensure responses from a wide range of County residents, the survey was available in both English and Spanish.

The Community Needs Assessment survey is being administered by consultants ETC Institute and is funded through gifts and donations to the Library. For more information the public may call (210) 207-2631.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

More IMAX fun for San Antonio Public Library cardholders!

Shrek Forever After: An IMAX 3D Experience

The IMAX 3D Rivercenter offers San Antonio Public Library customers the opportunity to purchase tickets for Shrek Forever After online at 50% off the box-office price of $14.00.

Not only can you get a great discount, the IMAX will donate $1.00 to the Library for every ticket sold online!

To take advantage of this offer, go to http://www.imax-sa.com/offers/sanantoniolibrary, make
your purchase and enter code LIB510. Offer available through June 6.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mark your (new) calendar!

UPDATE: The calendar is now live! Check it out at http://www.mysapl.org/calendar.aspx.

On May 26, the San Antonio Public Library will debut its new online calendar system. Provided by Trumba Corporation, whose clients include the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University and the New York Times, the calendar comes with a host of new features for SAPL patrons. Need a text message reminder of an event or want to share an event on your Facebook wall? The new calendar has got you covered.

The simpler design and search interface will make it easier for you to find your favorite story times, book clubs and special events both at the library and in the community. Please note that e-mail and RSS feed subscribers to the old calendar will need to sign up for new subscriptions in order to keep receiving information.

We hope the new calendar will fit your needs and the way you plan your schedule more closely, and help you keep up-to-date with everything that's happening at the San Antonio Public Library!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

San Antonio’s Young Poets Take Flight!

For more than 80 years, the San Antonio Public Library has celebrated the talents of the city’s young writers with the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition. At 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the Hermann Sons Grand Lodge at 515 S. St. Mary’s Street, the Library will present the Awards Ceremony for the 65 young poets selected in the 2010 Young Pegasus competition. Begun by the Library in 1927, the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition is the longest-running such program in the country. It 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 2,242 poems were submitted for consideration and 82 were selected for publication. The youngest poet recognized is 4 years old; the oldest is 18.

Join us as we celebrate the imagination and talent of our city's next generation of writers!

2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 16
Hermann Sons Grand Lodge
515 S. St. Mary's Street