As summer vacation comes to an end, the San Antonio Public Library reminds parents of the many services available at their local library that will help their children ease back into the daily school routine. With 25 branches and the Central Library downtown, parents, children, and teens can take advantage of numerous programs that will make going back-to-school productive and enjoyable. The following are some of the programs offered:
- Early Childhood Literacy
For the young child who is just getting started in his or her education, the Library hosts programs like Little Read Wagon, Play & Learn, and Every Child Ready to Read that are designed to encourage the development of cognitive, language and social skills. Librarians work with parents and children in fun and interactive ways that educate and encourage a child. These programs take place year-round and are available at most branch locations.
- Live Homework Help
For many parents, helping a child or teen with his or her homework can be a tough assignment. However, with a San Antonio Public Library card, the task is made easier. The Library offers parents and students free access to live homework help via Tutor.com by trained and licensed educators who are accessible online. With assistance in almost every subject available at a student’s fingertips everyday from 10 a.m. - midnight, live homework help provided by the San Antonio Public Library can be the best tool that a parent can use and it is free.
- BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for children in Pre-K – 3rd grade that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Titles are available in English and Spanish.
- TrueFlix is an online resource that combines award-winning True Books content with reading supports and a deep and diverse collection of related videos, images, Web links, and text. TrueFlix is based on the True Books print series published by Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing.
- Digital Resources
Information is available faster than ever before and the need to connect remotely via Wi-Fi to online resources has never been greater. The Library has addressed this need with faster and stronger Wi-Fi available at every branch and at our new technology space at Central Library. The easy-to-use online digital educational resources are available to all cardholders and our online catalog makes checking out books, eBooks, or media easier.
- Children and Teen after-school programs are available at all 25 branches and the Central Library throughout the year. Join a book club, learn to play the guitar, take a yoga class or learn how to knit and crochet. Also, some of our branches have outdoor exercise equipment where you can workout while parents visit the library. More information about these programs is available at mysapl.org.
The San Antonio Public Library continues to evolve to provide effective state-of-the-art services for the community. Visit any of the Library’s 26 locations to experience what the San Antonio Public Library has to offer.
To learn more, visit www.mysapl.org or call (210) 207-2577.