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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of February 19, 2005

The meeting was hosted by the Scholastic Library Publishing with a hot breakfast. It was held at the Sulzer Regional Library located 4455 Lincoln Avenue.

Nick Stiglich featured sole-source of Grolier, Children’s Press, Franklin Watts and Grolier online, which is not available through Baker and Taylor.  These purchases may be done with a waver found at the Department of Libraries’ web site.  We were also given instruction sheets on how to navigate Grolier Online with free use for 90 days.  This use may be extended until July 7, 2005.  Use the official CPS Online url: The username is: gochicago.  The password: is gochicago.  Book pockets were raffled off and two books were given to everyone.

We had our penny auction which is traditional for the month of February.  Donated items were raffled for a penny.  The pennies will be raffled at the end of the school year. 

The K-4 Illinois Textbook loan deadline is March 15, 2005.

Book worm Angles was represented by Michael Ban.  It’s motto is "Kids who read succeed."   This corporation is dedicated to children’s literacy through the development of regular reading habits among at-risk, low income children in grades pre K-8.  It started in 1999 by Kermit Myers, a retired business man who was a volunteer reading tutor at the Cabrini cluster schools.  For information call Michael Ban at 773-528-4786 or website

We were reminded to give retired person’s name to Hail Johnson.  This month is the Illinois Children Literature Conference and the Illinois reading Conference. 

The recommended web sites for teachers are: is a very comprehensive web site.  They have lesson plans that will last for the next five years.  "American Federation for" is like a teacher bookstore.  You can make copies all you want .  This is a free service.  Weather Watch and Science Matters are good books to purchase for your school library.

We were reminded that putting books in a classroom is necessary but not sufficient so go forward and bridge the gap.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary