Community Impact - The San Antonio Public Library Foundation
Community Impact

Texana & Genealogy Collection

The Texana/Genealogy Department of the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) currently occupies 10,000 square feet on the 6th floor of the city’s Downtown Library, and holds approximately 75,000 books, 60,000 microforms, 110 drawers of archival files, 11 map cabinets and over 300 cubic feet of archival collections.  Some invaluable, rare items in the collection include: a historic and extensive WWI poster collection, Gloria Cadena Archival Collection, a page from the Gutenberg Bible, Mission paintings by Hermann Lungkwitz, the Hertzberg Collection, African American Funeral Programs Collection, San Antonio photograph collection, programs from the Symphony Archives, and a King James Bible.

The Need and Future of Texana/Genealogy

The Library has already made the most critical investments in Texana/ Genealogy (established in 1916) — through decades of collection development, targeted staff training, and building excellent community and patron relationships. In 2015, SAPLF commissioned a professional appraiser to deliver strategic recommendations to reveal the value of these hidden collections, to revitalize public engagement, and  to showcase the Library’s most important cultural heritage resources, making them a foundation of civic pride.

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In May of 2017, City of San Antonio voters approved a bond proposition to fund a $700,000 partial renovation of the Texana/Genealogy area. These funds will be used to renovate the existing vault with a new climate control system and higher capacity shelving; implement best professional practices through other fixtures and equipment that allow proper archiving and preservation of rare and valuable materials; and activate efforts to facilitate better public access to these materials. Private resources will enhance this project and refresh the existing space to improve the functionality for researchers, consultation with professional staff and access to the collection. Innovative space reallocation will improve line of sight, safety, and staff engagement with visitors.  A full scope for a complete transformation of space and the creation of a world class Texana / Genealogy Resource Center is estimated to require just over $2 million.

Latino Collection & Resource Center - The San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Latino Collection & Resource Center

In fall 2017, the San Antonio Public Library celebrated the grand opening of the Latino Collection and Resource Center at Central Library. Within the first six months of opening, the center hosted 36 unique events that impacted more than 1,000 individuals and families. The 13,000-volume Latino Collection has increased 200% from February 2016 to February 2018. We anticipate collection usage and program attendance to continue to grow as more library patrons are exposed to the LCRC.

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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 SAPLF

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 San Antonio Public Library Foundation

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 30 branches; children and teens are encouraged to read at least 8 (or listen to 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.

Capital Projects - The San Antonio Public Library Foundation

Capital Projects

The Library has significantly more need than it does funds. If we do not bring resources to these branches, the Library system will not have the funds to properly outfit the spaces with early childhood literacy and school-aged computers, safe spaces for teens, iPads and resources for seniors, programming for all ages, quality furniture and equipment, or an ample opening day collection of books and materials. Your gift makes a significant difference.