San Antonio: Johnston Branch Library to celebrate 40 years of service

CONTACT: Victoria Villarreal

SAN ANTONIO (September 13, 2021) — San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is celebrating 40 years of Johnston Branch Library from September 13 – 25 with in-person activities at Johnston Branch Library (6307 Sun Valley, 78227) during regular service hours and online activities including a special poetry workshop with Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson, San Antonio's Poet Laureate. Johnston Branch Library, named after SAPL's first children's librarian, Leah Carter Johnston, opened its doors on August 23, 1981.

Over the past 40 years, Johnston Branch Library has served countless Valley Hi area children, teens, and adults. In celebration of this milestone, SAPL will be hosting various activities such as a selfie booth, poetry stacks, a poetry treasure hunt, a memory wall, Take-and-Make kits*, and more at Johnston Branch Library (6307 Sun Valley, 78227).

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As a highlight event part of the celebration, Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson will host an online poetry workshop as a special commemoration of the contributions of Leah Carter Johnston who created the "Young Pegasus" poetry competition in 1927. Sanderson's workshop, perfect for families and young poets 9 years and older, will introduce tools and devices to enhance creative writing on Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is available at

In addition to the in-person activities and online workshop, a commemorative online webpage featuring videos and historical information will be available at

For information on library services, visit Library staff is available by phone at 210-207-2500 or by chat at

*While supplies last.

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