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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of December 7, 2002

Econo-Clad Books – Publishers’ List hosted the CTLA meeting with a buffet breakfast featuring: Alexandria Library Automation, Holiday Stories, and Workshop: "Using Automation as a Tool for Collaboration in Collection Development". This took place at the Hyatt (at University Village) 625 S. Ashland, Chicago. We may request a special Spanish collection from them. You may also request a copy of their catalog "Publishers Original Binding Catalog". Their books are lifetime guaranteed.

The National Board Certified Teachers – Librarians were announced Nov. 22, 2002. They are as follows: Karen Larson, Nancy Mack Vola, Karin Perchak, Toby Rajput, Cathy Ruszel, and Sonya Terry.

Melva Samuels, Woodra Scott, and Jacquelyn Crook did our holiday story. They did a Reading of "The Night before Christmas: an Account of a Visit from St. Nicolas" by Nature Henry Junior, 1748-1829. The president, Cathy Ruszel, welcomed and thanked everyone for coming. We did Christmas puzzles and received books and a calculator as gifts from the sponsors.

The Treasurer reported that as of November 1, 2002, our balance was $5,311.79. We had 180 members. Our ending balance as of November 30 is $5,698.70. This can be checked on the website.

Announcement from the Department of Libraries: The matching grant money has been mailed out to those who are to receive it. Check with your administrator. December 17, 18, and 19 is the Lions Book Exhibit at Medill. December 18th is Open House and retirement celebration for Diane Walker at the Department of Libraries. This will take place from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on that day. For information on your library card campaign money, contact your Region Librarian.

Marge Fashing gave the History Moment. The CTLA meetings were once held at the North Pier Terminal in a place called the Paper Backs Book. We met authors at their book sales and got a free paperback book. We purchased books at a tremendous discount, a buck a book.

Scholastic Warehouse, located at Army Trail Road and 59, Bloomingdale, is having a 50% off book sale. For information call 1-800-426-1485. The State Reading First Grant has a mandated library component. The school must give the library part of the money if they are to participate. This due on the 12th of December. Members shared many other holiday stories.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary