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Postponed Until ​Sept. 10, 2020

The Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library, Inc. has registered with the 2020 Big Give San Antonio as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in order to participate in this year's Big Give SA and have online donations directed to our organization through the Big Give SA website.  For additional information please see the letters below from our presidents.​​​​​​​​

Update: March 18, 2020

Fellow Friends,

Big Give San Antonio 2020 is now rescheduled for Sept 10. 

We'll let you know what other information we received.  But this seems the important part for now.

Chip & Merry

Update: March 16, 2020

Fellow Friends,

Due to the Corona Virus situation, Big Give San Antonio 2020 has been postponed, but will be rescheduled.  We expect to have more information on Thursday (the 19th).  Note from the Nonprofit Council appears below.  In the meantime, our Big Give page is up and running (at ).  However, the donation window remains closed.

REQUEST: keep your non-FOL friends and neighbors in the loop.  Also, please pass the word to those you’ve already contacted about Big Give (including your Uncle Bob in Pittsburgh).

Chip & Merry​ 
(Big Give San Antonio) Platform is Being Repurposed for Emergency Donations

At the request of Mayor Ron Nirenberg in response to the COVID-19 emergency, The Nonprofit Council is now working in concert with the City of San Antonio to create a revised emergency platform to facilitate online giving. THE BIG GIVE HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

There is a press conference scheduled for Thursday, March 19 for a tentative time of 1 PM. We will continue to keep you updated as information changes.

This scheduling and all associated information are fluid and can change with the developing situation. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these very exceptional circumstances.

Feb. 10, 2020

Fellow Friends,

At our General Membership Meeting (Feb 8), we decided to participate in the 2020 edition of Big Give San Antonio.  We’ve set out to buy AWE computers for children’s learning at the new Westside Branch Library – which was approved by the voters in 2019 to enhance opportunities in a generally underserved part of our community.  The donation window opens first thing on March 19 and stays open through midnight on Thursday, March 26.

The AWE Early Learning computer is designed specifically for children ages 2-8 and features safe, secure, fun, interactive and engaging content in seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, art & music, writing & computer skills, and reference in both English and Spanish.  Check it out at  

We also decided to raise money to help fund a Library Outreach Van.  The New Braunfels Public Library Foundation is taking the lead on the Van, and we’re helping.  (In addition, the Foundation will be helping the FOL Big Give effort this year.)  The Van will serve as a “travelling library” bringing books, CD’s, DVD’s, audiobooks, and magazines to the homebound, Wounded Warriors, and to elders during lobby stops at assisted living facilities. Custom fitted shelving and a cart lift will allow this vehicle to take more materials to lobby stops, letting our users select their items from a wider collection.

You can donate online by going direct to .  You can also take the scenic route by going to “”  Then clicking the “search” tab and scrolling down to the “F’s” on page 7.

If you need help, the FOL will have people at the New Braunfels Public Library from 9 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, March 26 (the big day of the Big Give).  The FOL Big Give table will be on the left near the main entrance.  We’ll be working in two-hour shifts: 9-11, 11-1, and 1-3.  If you want to be there for one of those periods, please let us know at  If those shifts are impractical for you, just pick a time and let us know.  In any case, come on in and check it out.  ALSO, if you donate in person at the Library on Thursday, March 26, you get a cookie.

Stay tuned for more information closer to the event.

Chip and Merry