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FOSAPL Board Meeting Locations and Dates
Friends of San Antonio Public Library seek nominations for Arts & Letters Awards
The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library are now accepting nominations for their annual Arts & Letters awards, recognizing San Antonians who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of the arts and literature, including the visual arts, dramatic arts, musical arts, and any genre of the written arts, and journalism. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, August 1, and nominations may be submitted online at https://form.jotform.com/friendsofsapl/fosapl-arts--letters-awards-form or you can print out a PDF of the form and submit by mail to Arts & Letters Awards, P.O. Box 461523, San Antonio, Texas 78246. Nominees must have a significant body of work demonstrating continued excellence in their specific genres and continued commitment to the arts in San Antonio and must have demonstrated a commitment to the greater San Antonio community. Anyone may make a nomination.
The Friends of the Library Arts & Letters Awards were first presented in 1972 to “recognize and celebrate achievement by individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the arts and letters.” The list of nearly 100 past honorees includes “artists, writers, musicians, educators, community leaders, and entertainers whose dedication and devotion to their chosen fields have served to enrich the cultural and spiritual life of San Antonio.” Past recipients have included Janette Sebring Lowery (author of children’s classic The Poky Little Puppy), architect O’Neil Ford, actor Tommy Lee Jones, dancer/teacher Rosita Fernández, Lyn Belisle, Gini García, Jacques Barzun, Sandra Cisneros, Rick Riordan, Jay Brandon, and Naomi Shihab Nye. In 2018, the honorees were authors Jan Jarboe Russell and John Phillip Santos, poet Laurie Anne Guerrero, and artist Clifton Tinker.
The 2019 Arts & Letters Awards recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Central
Library, 600 Soledad, San Antonio, Texas 78205, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to http://www.friendsofsapl.org/arts--letters-awards.html.
Save the Date!
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Mark your calendars now for the FOSAPL Membership Workshop, How to Win Friends and Influence People, on Sunday, September 22, from 1:30–4, at the Central Library Auditorium.
Members from the branch Friends will have an opportunity to interact in round-table discussions on advocacy techniques, community grassroots partnerships, fund-raising, and other areas of shared interest. Our guest speaker, Kristy Vandenberg, Executive Director of Ultimate Gift of Life Foundation, will share information about membership recruitment, retention, and activities.
More details to follow but plan now to attend. Please RSVP (required) at this link.
Library Board Budget Committee News
by Juspreet Kaur
City Manager Erik Walsh presented a $2.9 billion proposed budget to City Council last week. The FY 2020 Proposed Budget features investments in key City Council and community priorities, includes a new $5,000 homestead exemption with no City property tax rate increase and is balanced, despite challenges to revenue sources.
The FY 2020 Proposed Budget focuses on property tax relief, strong families and children, housing affordability, street and sidewalk infrastructure and public safety.
You can learn more about the budget at this upcoming event! If you have one of the purple Library shirts, please wear it to show how strong our presence is in the community.
Thursday, August 29
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Telephone Town Hall - register here and join the meeting from the comfort of your home
Changes to the Central Library Parking Garage
In collaboration with CCDO (Center City Development & Operations), the decision was made to discontinue automatic three-hour free parking in the Central Library Parking Garage effective Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Library customers will continue to get up to three hours of free parking through the validation process. This is a first step to address the lack of parking for library customers and library staff, as well as other monthly parkers. Signage is posted in the garage and in the library to alert the public to this change. Communications with Library stakeholders, including partners co-located in the Central Library is ongoing. The Library continues to work in close coordination with CCDO.
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