Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club was created by Mayor Ron Nirenberg to encourage families in the community to read along with him and members of City Council about some of their favorite topics, and to cultivate a community experience.
San Antonio is a compassionate city, and that extends to our four-legged friends as well. Join Councilman Rey Saldaña to learn more about responsible pet ownership and the importance of lending your voice to those that cannot speak for themselves.
Laika was the abandoned puppy who grew up to become Earth's first space traveller. This is her story. Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fact and fiction as he recounts Laika's journey - from the streets of Moscow to the Soviet space program, and then to her fateful final journey on Sputnik 2.
When 16-year-old Natalie Kaplan meets a new person, she knows right away what kind of dog they'd be. Stray is a winning novel that provides us with an important reminder: it's okay to make mistakes and break the rules, especially when it comes to love -- and puppies.
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I was raised with a chimpanzee," she explains. "I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion...she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister." As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence. In We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date--a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.
Nathan Runkle would have been a fifth-generation farmer in his small midwestern town. Instead, he founded our nation's leading nonprofit organization for protecting factory farmed animals. In Mercy For Animals, Nathan brings us into the trenches of his organization's work; from MFA's early days in grassroots activism, to dangerous and dramatic experiences doing undercover investigations, to the organization's current large-scale efforts at making sweeping legislative change to protect factory farmed animals and encourage compassionate food choices.
Un capitán condecorado en el ejército estadounidense, Luis Montalván nunca se achicó ante un desafío durante sus dos periodos de servicio en Iraq. Sin embargo al regresar a casa después del combate, las presiones de sus heridas físicas, su traumática lesión cerebral, y el trastorno de estrés post-traumático empezaron a pasar factura. Fue entonces que Luis conoció a Martes, un golden retriever hermoso y sensible, entrenado para ayudar a los discapacitados. Hasta Martes es la historia de cómo dos soldados heridos que lo habían dado tanto y sufrido las consecuencias, se encuentran y se salvan mutuamente.