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Adult Summer Reading Challenge 2014  

Why should kids have all the fun? Bring reading back into your life: Read 4 books within 3 months.
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The theme for this year's summer reading program is "Literary Elements." 

What to Read, What to Read?

Librarians always have tons of suggestions for great reads!  So if you're looking for your next book, ask any of us.  You can visit any of our locations or you can email us.

Or you can do it yourself right here. . . .

   Novelist is a database with descriptions and reviews of thousands of novels for all reading levels.  You can access it with your library card. You can search by an author, a title or a genre (for example, mysteries and romance);  you can look at lists of award winners; you can find "read-alikes."  Novelist also has book discussion questions and lists of books in a series.  Can't remember the title of a book or the author? You can search by descriptive terms like "cattle drives" and "cabbage."

 What to Read is a collection of guides written by San Antonio Public Library librarians.  You'll find recommended reading lists on everything from local authors to werewolves. 

 Welcome to the United States has a list of fun books for adults who are learning English.  You can check out these books through our libraries.

Web Sites about Books

Need more reading suggestions?   Or perhaps you'd like to share your book reviews across the planet?  Here are some websites:

Goodreads--you must register if you want to post, but it's free.  You can browse your friends' lists (if they're in the Goodreads community) or show what you know by taking quizzes about books or see awards lists or just get reviews of a book before you read it.

Shelfari--like Goodreads, you must register to post, but it's free.  You can create a "bookshelf" of your readings (good way to keep track of your 5 by 5 log!), find book reviews and detailed information about characters, setting and plot.  You can also scroll through the New York Times Bestseller lists.

The Book Report Network--Our six editorial websites are organized in two ways—by demographic and then by interest.,, and, and



Share and Share Alike

You can share your opinions of the books you're reading: add a review to descriptions of the books in our catalog.  Here's how:

1.  go to the library's home page.

2.  Find the gray bar that stretches horizontally across the top.  Find and click "My Account."

3.  Log in by providing your last name and library card number.  Click "Submit."

4.  In the gray horizontal bar, click "Catalog."

5.  In the empty box to the right of the menu labeled "Basic," type in the title of the book.

6.  In the search results, find the match and click on the title.

7.  In the vertical menu at the left, find the gray button "+Review."  Click it.

8.  Type in your review and a title for it.

9.  Click "Submit."

10.  Proofread and make corrections, then click "Submit" again.

After library staff have checked the review, it will appear under a tab labeled "Local Reviews."


Our Second Year

The San Antonio Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program returns for a second year beginning June 1!  It's time for us grown-ups to get in on the reading fun!  San Antonio Public Library's Summer Reading Program is now for us too.  It's as easy as 1-2-3:  sign up, check out and read, read, read! 

1.  Register at any San Antonio Public Library, beginning June 1, 9am.  You can do that by picking up a registration form/reading log, fill in your name, phone number, email address (if you have one) and library card number, and hand the form back in. Online registration is also available. 

2.  Check out some books--any books!  Any length, any language, any subject, any format (books-on-CD and ebooks included).

3.  Read, read, read and on the reading log, list the titles you've read.  When you've read 4, fill out your online reading list (instructions are below).  Or bring your reading log in to any San Antonio Public Library and we'll enter the list online for you.  Submit your list by 5pm on Aug. 31, 2014.  Attend one of our closing parties during September (see below).  Enjoy the refreshments, the music, the conversation.


Registration Form/Reading Log

You can keep track of your readings on this form. Or you can track things online.


How to Keep Track of Your Readings Online

  1. You can submit your reading log online. Click here to sign up.
  2. click on the “Adults” icon
  3. click on “sign me up”
  4. fill in the fields that have an *
  5. click “save”
  6. this creates a record for you that you can go into anytime before Aug. 31 and update
  7. click “add/view log”
  8. write in the title of the book
  9. if you’d like to write a review for other people to see, click “click here to enter a review”
  10. In “Do you want to make this review public” click the “yes” button
  11. click “save”

Mark Your Calendar

June 1:  We begin!  Go to any San Antonio Public Library to pick up the registration form/reading log.  Read 4 books, any 4 books (any length, any language, any format, any subject, children's books are ok too!) before Aug. 31, 5pm.  Write the titles into your reading log or add them to your online list.  When you've finished, turn in your reading log to any library.

August 31, 5pm:  The program ends. 

September.  Attend one of our closing parties and have some fun!   The music duo Optic Arrest will be performing at most of the parties.


Sept. 3, 1-2:30pm:  Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park

Sept. 4, 6:00-7:30pm:  Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt

Sept. 6, 3pm:  Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram

Sept. 6, 3pm:  Brook Hollow Library, 530 Heimer

Sept. 8, 4:00-5:30pm:  Landa Library, 233 Bushnell

Sept. 13, 2:00:  Thousand Oaks Library, 4618 Thousand Oaks

Sept. 20, 2:00:  Johnston Library, 6307 Sun Valley



Thought of the Day

"We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth."  ~Baron John Lubbock


Help Your Branch Win a Plaque

Help Your Branch Become SAPL's SRP Champ of 2014!

This year, the following branches will sponsor a title for the Adult Summer Reading Program.  Each time this summer that a copy of that book is checked out, the sponsoring branch will earn a point.  The branch with the most points at the end will win the Adult SRP Library of the Year plaque (and a whole year of bragging rights). 

You don't even have to check the book out at the sponsoring branch--get it from any of our locations.  You can read the book in any format:  print, large print, ebook or audiobook.

Westfall and Guerra are not participating.

The chosen titles are. . .

Bazan:  When Mexicans Could Play Ball by Ignacio Garcia     

Brook Hollow:     The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Carver:  Testimony by Anita Shreve

Central Library:  The Giver by Lois Lowry

Cody:  God & Science: Return of the Ti-Girls by Jaime Hernandez

Forest Hills:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Great Northwest:  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Igo: Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Johnston:  Divergent by Veronica Roth

Landa:  Big Red Tequila by Rick Riordan

McCreless:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Memorial:  When Darkness Falls by Docia Williams

Misson:  Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Pan American:  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Diaz

Parman:  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Pruitt:  Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Semmes:  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 

Thousand Oaks:  Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

Tobin:  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



Book Reviews

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Book Awards

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Book Clubs

A book club is a great way to meet people and meet your reading goals.  These clubs meet at our libraries.

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Read Our Book Selections

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When Mexicans Could Play Ball - Ignacio M. García
ISBN: 0292753772
Publication Date: 2014-01-06

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The Known World - Edward P. Jones
ISBN: 0060749911
Publication Date: 2004-06-15

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Testimony - Anita Shreve
ISBN: 0316024635
Publication Date: 2008-10-21

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The Giver - Lois Lowry
ISBN: 0440237688
Publication Date: 2002-09-10

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God and Science - Jaime Hernandez (Artist)
ISBN: 1606995391
Publication Date: 2012-07-17

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
ISBN: 0385509456
Publication Date: 2003-06-17

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I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai; Christina Lamb (As told to)
ISBN: 031628663X
Publication Date: 2013-11-26

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Before I Go to Sleep - S. J. Watson
ISBN: 0062060554
Publication Date: 2011-06-14

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Divergent - Veronica Roth
ISBN: 1410467864
Publication Date: 2014-01-08

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
ISBN: 1400052173
Publication Date: 2010-02-02

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When Darkness Falls - Docia S. Williams
ISBN: 1556225369
Publication Date: 1997-06-01

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Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
ISBN: 038542017X
Publication Date: 1995-10-01

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
ISBN: 1594489580
Publication Date: 2007-09-06

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The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
ISBN: 1476729093
Publication Date: 2014-06-03

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs - Anna Quindlen
ISBN: 1400065755
Publication Date: 2014-01-28

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The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0670032379
Publication Date: 2002-10-10

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Julie and Julia - Julie Powell
ISBN: 031604427X
Publication Date: 2009-07-01

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The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
ISBN: 0385534639
Publication Date: 2011-09-13

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Big Red Tequila - Rick Riordan
ISBN: 0553576445
Publication Date: 1997-06-02


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