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News & Events
FOSAPL Calendar & Book Sales
Call for Event Committee Members for
2021 Arts & Letters Awards
Each year, the Arts and Letters Awards honors artists who have made a significant contribution to the artistic culture within San Antonio. Hosted by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, an event committee is crucial to the success of this long-standing event.
If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the committee for 2021, please submit an email to Marcie Anguiano at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: ALA 2021.
Brisk Browsing Now at SAPL Locations!
Beginning April 13, San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) reopened for Brisk Browsing at all locations except Central Library, Forest Hills, McCreless, Memorial, and San Pedro Branch Libraries as they are undergoing renovation.
SAPL locations have been closed for browsing since March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. SAPL’s new Brisk Browsing service, which provides one-way traffic brows-ing of SAPL’s collection, will allow visitors to explore the shelves inside SAPL locations for the first time in over one year!
Contact-free pickup, computer access by appointment, and outdoor Wi-Fi will continue, with the addition of Brisk Browsing.
Brisk Browsing & Contact-Free Pickup Schedule:
Holds can be picked up inside or with Contact-Free Pickup
Study rooms and seating inside the library are currently unavailable to allow for social distancing and to limit the number of people in the building
Full details about updated services and protocols can be found at https://guides.mysapl.org/covid-19/how-to.
For information on ongoing virtual programming, visit mysapl.org/events. Please note, services are subject to change based on local health guidance, and SAPL locations will be following approved City of San Antonio social distancing, mask requirements, and screening protocols.
Library staff is available by phone at 210-207-2500 or by chat at ask.mysapl.org.
Membership benefits include
Buy books from the BookCellar
Online Book Sales Have Started!
Tom Bugg & Nancy Gandara
Like so many retailers in the past year, the Friends’ BookCellar has moved online! Although the store in the lower-level of the Central Library has been closed since mid-March 2020, an Amazon store in the name of the “Friends of SA Library” has recently been established; you can view the varied (and constantly changing) selection at https://tinyurl.com/FOSAPLBookCellar.
The first two sales were On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, which sold for $36.65, and The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, which sold for $39.28. Because the title Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr. Seuss was recently con-troversial, it sold for $225.
Other pricey treasures for sale include a first edition of The Vegetable by F. Scott Fitz-gerald from 1923 (which also makes it the oldest book) for $179, and a signed first edition of Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas by Stephen Harrigan for $125, however most of the titles being listed are competitively priced in the $10–20 range.
The Friends have hired Tom Bugg to oversee the marketing, sales, and shipping of these books. A native of San Antonio, he grew up helping out (and shopping!) the Tobin Branch at Oakwell Library’s seasonal book sales. A recent graduate of Colorado College, Tom plans to attend SMU Law School in the fall. Feel free to email fosaplbookcellar@ gmail.com with suggestions of the genres or subjects that you would like to see listed next. Our online store is open 24/7/365, for your convenience!
Attention Branch Group Officers
(where Brisk Browsing is allowed)
If you are able to manage the display of sale books and regular pickup/deposit of funds from a book cart, talk with your branch manager (the book cart may need to be relocated or extra floor decals placed to follow COVID protocols). Each branch manager will determine the date that Friends’ book cart sales may be resumed.
FOSAPL Membership Secretary Needed
Congratulations to Barbara Morrow, who was recently elected as FOSAPL Treasurer
following her past two years of service as the Membership Secretary. “It’s an interesting job,” Barbara said, “and it’s perfect for someone who wants to make a meaningful contribution (without having to attend meetings!).”
If you are attentive to details, competent in use of an Excel spreadsheet/database, and would like to work cooperatively with the FOSAPL Treasurer, this could be the ideal volunteer job for you!
Contact Barbara Morrow at
more information as soon as possible.