Councilwoman Cabello Havrda Urges San Antonio Public Library to explore Creative Partnerships to Expand services into the Edgewood Area

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SAN ANTONIO (September 9, 2021) –The need for library services in the Edgewood area was highlighted during Wednesday's Council B Session discussion regarding the proposed FY 2022 budget.

Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda reminded City staff that a San Antonio Public Library (SAPL)/YMCA partnership in District 6 has been very well received in the community. The Mayes Family YMCA at Potranco Rd. also houses the Potranco Branch Library and the innovative partnership has had a positive effect on the District.

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"The Edgewood community has been a library desert for many generations," said the Councilwoman. "I'd like to start a dialogue with the Westside Educational Training Center in Edgewood to see if we can do some kind of similar partnership with the Alamo Colleges, to execute that same model to serve the Edgewood community."

According to the Public Library Association, libraries help build community, are community centers for diverse populations, are learning centers, as well as youth support centers.

"An innovative partnership that would put a library in the heart of Edgewood would also go a long way in bridging the digital divide," added the Councilwoman. SAPL and Alamo Colleges District will open discussions soon to explore possible partnership opportunities.

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