Welcome, Friends of the San Antonio Public Library (FOSAPL)
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News & Events
FOSAPL Calendar & Book Sales
What's New(s) with the Branches?
The Brook Hollow Friends will hold their next quarterly meeting and election of officers on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11. We anticipate that this meeting will be conducted in the Pat & Neal Bjornson Meeting Room in the Brook Hollow Library. --Pat Finley
November programs supported by the Friends will include an interactive program for “Children’s Outdoor Nature Play and Learn” and “Practical Crafting: Alcohol Ink Breakfast Sets.” The December Craft program will be “Crafts for Gifting” on Mondays, Dec. 7, 13, and 20. --Carla Pomager
We are happy to announce $1.5 million was included in the City of San Antonio’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2022 to restore the Forest Hills Branch Library. The Library Department is working diligently with other City departments to facilitate the work needed to restore and renovate your Forest Hills Branch Library. We will keep you informed as we achieve major milestones for this project.
We know you’ve waited a long time for library services to return to Forest Hills Branch Library, and we appreciate your continued patience and engagement as we move through this process. We look forward to welcoming you back to your fully renovated Forest Hills Branch Library as soon as the project is complete.
Interim services remain available at Gilbert Garza Community Center, 1450 Mira Vista, 78228, and full library services are available nearby.
Library Services Schedule for Gilbert Garza Community Center*
Full Library Services Are Available Nearby At
Looking forward to the end of this year, we’re very excited to be holding elections for new officers in November. This is always a great opportunity for individuals who want to help support their group – as well as a chance for new ideas, innovations, and opportunities to be brought to light! If you’re interested in joining us in the meantime, we continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month via Zoom. --Amanda Dickinson
Members will be notified via phone and email when the next meeting will be held. --Jill Zimmerman
The Friends of the Texana/Genealogy Department will be meeting at 10:15, Nov. 13 at the Mission Branch Library. We will be discussing the future of the organization and how to proceed during the Sixth Floor closure. Officer elections will occur if there are enough candidates. --Jacob Sherman
Tobin Library at Oakwell
Tobin Library at Oakwell is open 7 days a week now--our dedicated Staff are working hard, and patrons who use the Library on Sundays are especially appreciative, as for many, it is the only day that they are able to come in.
The Tobin Oakwell Branch is in the process of purchasing equipment to help with crafts and various in-person programs. These purchases, which include a button machine, and a speaker system, were funded by the Tobin Oakwell Friends. The Library continues to add large lettering wall signage throughout the Library in vibrant purple--with words like “Explore” in the kids non-fiction area. The lettering has been funded by the Tobin Library at Oakwell Friends.
The Book Nook, our wall mounted shelving in the foyer, continues to be stocked regularly. 100% of the funds raised by our Friends group through the sale of used books from the Book Nook go to support Tobin Library at Oakwell. --Alethea Bugg
SAPL Current Services
SAPL hours, services and available facilities have changed, so get the most current information about your favorite library here https://www.mysapl.org/.
Membership benefits include
Buy books from the BookCellar
The BookCellar will be CLOSED the Friday, 11/26, and Saturday, 11/27, after Thanksgiving.
We will be open for our annual Holiday Book Sale on the first two weekends in December, 12/3-12/4, and again on 12/10-12/11. There is certainly not a supply chain problem here – we have MANY great books for everyone on your Christmas list!
If you have any questions, send us an email at BookCellar1@gmail.com.
Do You Love Books? (So Do We!)
Sue Hall, BookCellar Manager
We run the nonprofit book store in the Central Library, downtown, and generate money to support the library.
Our volunteers get free parking during their volunteer hours, training to do a variety of interesting tasks, and a discount on the books and DVDs they purchase. Volunteers earn badges and aprons, while working with a great team!
You must be over 18, and able to commit to one 4-hour shift per week during 11:00-3:00, Monday-Saturday.
If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library BookCellar Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210-227-9519 during store hours.
2022 City of San Antonio Bond Development
Facilities Committee Public Bond Meetings
Public Input Meeting:
Thursday, December 9, 2021
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. sign up to speak
Meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Free Parking at Convention Center Garage, 41 Bowie Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Meeting will be held at Henry B. González Convention Center 900 East Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
If you are unable to attend one of the two public input meetings, please submit your input via this form: 2022 Community Bond Committee Public Comments - PublicInput.com (saspeakup.com).
Here are talking points to use for your input (Español). These talking points highlight the recommendations for the 2022 bond that represent the highest needs and priorities of the library system. This document also includes more specific details about the meetings and how to sign up to speak.
Third Annual San Antonio African-American Book Festival
The Friends of Carver Library are proud to present the 3rd Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival on February 26, 2022. We are currently accepting submissions for Participating Authors throughout the state of Texas.
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in this one-of-a-kind event, please read the details below.
Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
Time: Noon-5 pm
Author’s Fee: $50
Authors: Second Baptist Community Center
Important Dates & Deadlines:
December 15, 2021
Payment Deadline for Author’s Fee,10 pm
Exact Date - TBA
SAAABF Author’s Mixer
February 26, 2022
3rd Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival
All Authors must arrive to Event no later than 11:30 to set up
Deadline to RSVP for the SAAABF Author’s Mixer is February 10, 2022
The Author’s Fee includes the following: