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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of April 27, 2002

This meeting was held in a meeting room at the Harold Washington Library at Congress and State Streets. It began with a continental breakfast at 9:30 and lasted until noon. Our host vendor was Permabound Books.

Patricia Dempsey, president, opened the meeting at 10:15.

The minutes of the March meeting were accepted.

Edie Sokolinicki gave the treasurer's report.

Melva Samuels reminded us about the Peggy Sharp workshop at Medill on May 8th. Try to attend. Also, she reported that identified schools are to receive new books in the amount of $13,000. Librarians will be able to order from a variety of vendors. Principals have been notified. ISLMA workshops that are in the area are worth attending. Try to go to some of them. The region librarians will be meeting at UIC at Mayor Daley's high school Reading Adventure on May 18th so they will miss our retirement luncheon. Rita Dawkins will handle the installation of officers for school year 2002-2003. Officers are:

A bit of librarian trivia is that Dec. 10th is Dewey's birthday.

Nancy Volkman reported that the American Association of School Librarians has selected her Norwood Park principal to receive an award. Both she and her principal will go to Atlanta, GA for this event. Our year-end luncheon is being held at Marcello's Restaurant on May 18th. The address is 645 W. North Ave. It costs $10 for members, $20 for guests and is free for those who are retiring this year. Please send your checks to Nancy at Norwood Park School, Mail Run 30 by may 10th.

Children's Librarian, Bernie Kowalski, told us that the summer reading program runs from June 10 - August 3. She gave us a fact sheet about it. This year the theme is "Zoo-ray for Books"; animal stickers will be given out for books read. They are partnering with a zoo. "Get Wild About Reading" brochure is in English and Spanish. It is for child-parent centers and pre-schools. Also, the virtual pre-k helps get kids ready for kindergarten. Another brochure that we may get from our branch librarians if "Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!" It is a list of 100 books that every kindergarten child should have read to him/her before starting that grade. Between the Lions is a good book on phonemic awareness. The public libraries have "Check It Out Cards" to get free passes to various museums. Cards may be used for 2 weeks Children's Museum.

Thelma Arvelo, 6th grader and former Patrick Henry student, was our guest poet. She read some of her original poetry that was composed when she was in the 5th grade. She also read a poem "The Soldier" that she wrote a week ago. She delighted us with her readings. Later she was given information on how to copyright her work so that no one would be able to take it from her. Thelma was invited to attend our year end luncheon and read for us.

Permabound representative gave us a brief history of their bookbinding process. The technique is 150 years old. It has its roots in Germany with the Herzberg family of bookbinders. The spines are attached by a cold pressed gluing. Modern covers are covered with polyvinyl film. They have a lifetime guarantee. Call representative to replace damaged books. When you order books, Permabound will type them. There is a 22% discount on all books. There is free shipping, handling and attached processing. When this put on a purchasing order, your school clerk needs to enter
Free shipping .01
Free processing .01
The on-line catalog is at

Drawings for many free books were held.

Respectfully Submitted,
Patricia Bray
Recording Secretary