A key step toward increasing library usage and circulation is to make available a broad spectrum of programming for children, teens and adults within the Library system. Each year, the Library reports more than 300,000 individuals taking advantage of the its programs. The Foundation and our donors help support fundamental Library services but also those feel good, outside the box programs that bring the community together and offer them something they don’t get anywhere else. Below is a sample of some programs the need support:
System-wide General Programming
Heritage month celebrations; Young Pegasus, a poetry competition; holiday programming; exhibits; author readings and panel discussions.
Little Read Wagon
Little Read Wagon, an early literacy outreach program created by the San Antonio Public Library, provides parent and caregiver educational workshops and literacy services. Literacy services provided by Little Read Wagon offer opportunities for parent/child interaction, interactive play and sharing books with their children, and shares early literacy and library information in a variety of formats designed to best meet the needs and interests of each group. Programs include an interactive “Play & Learn” for children and their caregivers, more formal presentations for adults, workshops for child care teachers and make-and-take activities for teen parents. These services all are delivered with the goal of preparing children for reading as adults use the simple practices of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.
Learn at SAPL
A program designed to help adult learners achieve their individual learning goals whether those be learning English, getting ready for the GED, paying down debt, buying their first home, or finding a job. The program combines technology, tutoring, social work case management, financial counseling, and peer learning models for a holistic complement to existing adult basic education (ABE) in the San Antonio community. Opportunities for funding and donor branding include financial advisor training, financial literacy events, job fairs, counseling and workshops, etc.
Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
The greatest loss of reading improvements for school age children is the three-month summer vacation when they are without academic stimulation. Programs throughout the city’s 27 branches; children and teens are encouraged to read at least 16 books over the summer months and receive a certificate and a free book for their efforts. The most substantial costs come from the printing (reading logs, certificates for completion, program details, etc) along with giveaway books for those children who complete their reading goals.
Children and Teen Outreach and Technology
Funds are needed to promote programming system-wide as well as adding technology to the robust offerings the library offers patrons.