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«September 2016»

August 28 in San Antonio history…

Pope Pius IX creates the San Antonio Catholic diocese as part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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August 29 in San Antonio history…

Studer Camera Company is established by Ben Studer in a small building on the front of a lot at 2118 Main Avenue.

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August 30 in San Antonio history…

The San Antonio Herald, a weekly newspaper, published by J. M. West  & J. P. Newcomb, ceases publication.

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September 3 in San Antonio history…

Municipal Auditorium is dedicated as a memorial to the city’s WWI dead.

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September 4 in San Antonio history

San Antonio switches over to the dial telephone system. Telephone exchanges change from Crockett, Travis, Mission and Woodlawn to Belmont, Cathedral, Fannin, Garfield, Kenwood, Lambert, Parkview and Pershing.

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September 7 in San Antonio history…

Rain began falling in San Antonio and would continue for three days leading to widespread flooding, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas. The immense amount of rain quickly overwhelmed the the San Antonio River. Most of the victims were trapped in their cars by the surprise flood and drowned. Five to 10 feet of water submerged the city’s streets, delaying an evacuation. The city was underwater for nearly a week following the flood, which was responsible for at least $5 million in damages. In the aftermath, San Antonio embarked on a 10-year overhaul of its flood system.

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Crow Smarts

Did you know that crows can use tools? That’s right, the crows living on New Caledonia, an island north of New Zealand, use plant stems to coax grubs out of logs. Some of these crows even shape plant leaves into useful tools.
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San Antonio Public Library Staff Join Distinguished List of Library Leaders as Presenters at Re-think It Library Conference in Austin

Staff to share San Antonio Public Library innovations with national audience

San Antonio Public Library is excited to participate in Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age, a national conference that brings together academic, public and K-12 librarians, administrators, technologists, architects, designers, furniture manufacturers, and educators to collectively re-think the increasingly important role libraries play in the communities they serve. San Antonio Public Library is an official partner of the conference, which will be held at the University of Texas and other locations in Austin and Central Texas from January 8-10, 2018.

San Antonio Public Library and Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio Host 6th Annual Holocaust: Learn & Remember Commemoration

Opening reception and theme announcement for the 6th annual Holocaust: Learn & Remember month-long commemoration of the Holocaust.

San Antonio Public Library and its partners hope to enlighten and educate the community with this important initiative in order to promote tolerance and inspire acceptance. The 2018 theme Art & Survival will focus on artists and works of art that explore the experience of survivors during the war and after liberation. 

San Antonio Loves Harry Potter, Wimpy Kids, and Tidying Up: Mysteries, how-tos, and popular series top the list of San Antonio Public Library’s most popular check outs of 2017

Mysteries, how-tos, and popular series top the list of San Antonio Public Library’s most popular check outs of 2017

San Antonio Public Library celebrated an exciting milestone in 2017 - the checkout of the system’s four millionth digital item, and the number is growing daily. In fiscal year 2017, San Antonio Public Library card holders checked out approximately 7.2 million items. Of those check outs, 17% were digital items. The Library added nearly 30,000 titles to the collection in 2017, including new titles and additional copies of card holder favorites. Mysteries and whodunits dominated the list of San Antonio Public Library’s most popular adult fiction check outs (print) of 2017. When it came to adult non-fiction, San Antonio was interested in World War II, tidying up, and studying for the GED. Kids, tweens, and teens’ reading list was dominated by the popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Digital checkouts included similar titles and topics as print checkouts, in a mix of format preferences (eBook or eAudiobook). The list also illustrated San Antonio’s continued love of Harry Potter.


Check out the lists below of this year’s most popular check outs. You can also access digital copies at

Friends Don’t Lie: Stranger Things Season One Now Available For Check Out at San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library is turned “upside down” with excitement over Stranger Things season one. San Antonio Public Library card holders can now check out Netflix’s Emmy Award-nominated series by the Duffer Brothers. The Library consistently expands its collection to include current and popular materials for library card holders of all ages and interests. 

Igo Branch Library to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with Holiday Traditions from Around the World

San Antonio Public Library will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Igo Branch Library with international music and dance performances, origami holiday card crafts, photos with Santa, and more.