Welcome, Friends of the San Antonio Public Library (FOSAPL)
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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 email@example.com, subject: ALA 2021.
SAPL Current Services
Computer access is now available without an appointment throughout SAPL service hours.
If you have questions or need to locate your nearest branch, Library staff is available by phone at 210-207-2500.
Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tues. 12 – 8 p.m., & Wed. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Chat is available at ask.mysapl.org, Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. –
Membership benefits include
Buy books from the BookCellar
Seeking Manager of the BookCellar and Online Book Sales
The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library are in need of an enthusiastic, friendly, mature individual to manage the nonprofit bookstore in the basement of the Central Library, 600 Soledad St., San Antonio, TX, as well as sales of books through an Amazon.com account that was recently established.
Duties of the Manager include:
For additional information, see http://www.friendsofsapl.org/bookcellar-used-book-store.html.
Apply today! Submit a one-page résumé to FOSAPL President, John Costello, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's an Auction
Did you know that in years past, some of the Friends’ annual donation to SAPL was spent on puppets that were used for programming by Children’s librarians? And now, two of those puppets have danced their way back to the Friends, to be sold! This fox and raccoon have the “silver” Steiff button in their ears (but no tags). The puppets are not available for personal inspection, but they are in very good, clean, gently used condition.
They are offered as a pair (only), and the minimum bid for the pair is $36. To place a binding bid send an email to email@example.com indicating the amount of your “best” bid: the highest bid received by 7 p.m. (CST) on July 7, 2021 will be declared the winner of the auction. In case of equal bids, the one received earliest by date/time of the email will be the winner—so, get your bid in today!
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!