For the San Antonio Book Festival’s 10th anniversary celebration, we chose to deepen our commitment to San Antonio children and educators through our Authors in Schools program, which brings participating authors from the Festival into local schools to help promote the importance of reading.
“I see it as part of our mission to inspire San Antonio’s youth to read more,” said San Antonio Book Festival Executive Director Lilly Gonzalez. “That core principle drove our decision-making in building this year’s Authors in Schools program. Teachers and librarians are the biggest champions of literature and literacy in our city. Over the past two years, they have faced insurmountable challenges while their labor has gone largely unrecognized. For our 10th anniversary, we’re including the teachers in our partner schools in the celebration.”
For the 2022 Authors in Schools program, SABF partnered with four schools: San Antonio Independent School District’s James Russell Lowell Middle School and Sidney Lanier High School, as well as Edgewood Independent School District’s Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary and Loma Park Elementary. The author visits impacted 2,000+ students and were recorded for district-wide distribution to reach even more San Antonio youth. In addition to the school partnerships, SABF also partnered with the Carver Community Cultural Center and BiblioTech for additional author visits. The bulk of the school visits took place between May 20-23 while authors were in the city for the book festival.
In addition to the author visits, SABF hosted a private reception for educators at the participating schools, where they received free books and other school supplies.