When’s the last time you visited a local library? We have to admit, it’s been awhile for us. Mayor Ron Nirenburg recently signed a declaration establishing September as Library Card Sign-Up Month to encourage San Antonians to visit their local library and sign up for a free library card.
Need a library card? Don’t worry, we got you. Let’s dig into the variety of uses + perks your library card has and how to register.
📚 San Antonio Public Libraries
The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) system has 29 branches (28 branches and a library outlet at the Briscoe Western Art Museum) throughout the city. For over 110 years, SAPL has offered a host of free services + events for the Alamo City community. In order to access these amenities, you need to get yourself a library card.
📚 Library card perks
SAPL offers more than just book rentals, they also offer these perks to card holders:
CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays
What’s the coolest perk of a library card, in our opinion? SAPL allows members access to over 100 publications including National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
📚 How do I sign up?
Registering for a SAPL library card is easy and best of all — free. Those who live in San Antonio + Bexar County can visit any library location with a photo ID and proof of current address (like a utility bill). Don’t forget the kiddos under 18, they are eligible for their own cards as long as they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For instant access to digital resources like eBooks and eAudiobooks, you can pre-register for a 90-day eCard. During that time, you can bring in the required documentation to any of the SAPL branches and get a physical card to tap into library’s fullest potential.
Tea Pawty | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Pawderosa Ranch, 1203 Mission Rd., San Antonio | $24.95 | Bring the dog for a paw-some tea party with photo ops, eats + treats, and a goodie bag.
Mi Cultura — Bringing Shadows Into the Light | Wednesday, Sept. 13-Sunday, Jan. 7 | 10 a.m. | Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St., San Antonio | $10-$15 | See the life of San Antonio through Al Rendón’s career featuring portraits of Selena, rock + roll concerts, and more.
Taylor Swift Trivia | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Texas Dog Co., 4302 Hyatt Pl. Dr., San Antonio | Free | Gather your fellow Swifties and let the games begin as you test your knowledge on all things Taylor Swift.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Lunch at La Villita | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St., San Antonio | Free | Grab a quick bite to eat with local food trucks at this historic downtown destination.
Jazz on the Rooftop | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Fairmount Hotel Rooftop Oyster Bar, 401 S. Alamo St., San Antonio | Free | Sip on some cocktails and enjoy live music from the Noah Peterson Duo.
Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7 p.m. | Hotel Emma, 136 East Grayson St., San Antonio | $150 | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month featuring a private six course dining experience with a James Beard Award-nominated chef.
The City of San Antonio has partnered with our Sister City, Darmstadt, Germany, for the production of the 33rd Annual International Youth Orchestra Darmstadt program. Come to a free performance tonight featuring young musicians from 12 countries from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watson Fine Arts Center at St. Phillips College.
Sip & Sit With Me, a new coffee shop, is stepping onto the San Antonio espresso scene. Located on the city’s Southside at 3244 Mission Rd., the business has not yet released an opening date. In a hurry? Check out our City Guide to find the best espresso in town.
As we eagerly wait for the Make Ready Market to open in November, the shopping center is hosting a pop-up on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Idle Beer, Pescado Bravo, Buje, and eet-up. Grab your tickets for $10 and come enjoy cocktails, cheeseburgers, beer, and taquito ensenada.
San Antonio-based tech company, Codeup, is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 20, starting at 2 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with professionals, enjoy free food + drinks, and see if the tech industry is right for them. Registration is required and free.
The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival is coming back for its eighth year to Brackenridge Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come celebrate nature’s pollinators and butterflies through hands-on activities and immersive experiences. The event is free and is open to the public.
On This Day
In 1945, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” based on the 1890 novel by Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Texas Theater. The movie features Hurd Hatfield, Angela Lansbury and Donna Reed. Wilde also visited San Antonio in 1882 and lectured at the Turner Opera Hall (now the Bonham Exchange).
Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the colorfor your next home project.^
Grab some small bites and drinks at The Pearl and stay for a cozy picnic. | Photo by The Pearl
As we anxiously wait for the temperatures drop around the Alamo City, we can’t stop daydreaming about what we’d do when we get that first wave of fall weather. So grab your insulated wicker basket, a bottle of your favorite beverage, a couple of meats + cheeses, and let’s round up the best places for a blanket-covered eating outing.
I have two younger sisters, and back in 2021, the youngest requested that I take her on a picnic for her 11th birthday. We made the picnic extra special by picking up some Raising Cane’s, an All American Cookie, and packing a bottle of chilled apple cider.
Needless to say, the picnic story was inspired by her. Our picnic outing is definitely one of my core memories with family.