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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of February 24, 2007

The February meeting was sponsored by CTLA members.  It was located at the Lozano Library, 1805 S. Loomis.  We had our traditional Penny Raffle hosted by Marge Fashing along with light refreshments.  Dan Dunham from Scholastic Library Publishing, Evan Georgi from Reading Is Fundamental in Chicago, and Margo Tomaras from DePaul University were our guest speakers. In addition, a representative from Dick Durbin's office visited, and Paul Whitsitt thanked her for the Senator's support of libraries.

Iris, our president, started the meeting with discussion day concerns on changes that need to be made in our CTLA Constitution and By-Laws. Members were asked to express their views and write their opinions on various topics of concerns such as: membership, officers, meetings, dues, duties, and committees.

Anyone can be an officer.  We have retirees as officers. Retirees are vital to our membership.  Our meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of every month; this has not worked for all members, since Saturdays can interfere with weekend plans.  Our dues are $10.00 a year.  At one point we paid both dues and entry fees.  Some sponsors spend upt to $50.00 per person at the meetings and need to connect to their target audience.  Duties for our officers are written. Before our website started in 1999 and the prevalence of e-mail, we could only communicate through mail.  We used to have a courtesy committee.  Please write your ideas down and express your concerns on changes needed. A copy of the By-Laws was on the sign in table for those who wanted it-- check them out on this website.

Dan Dunham for scholastic Library Publishing gave a presentation on their products.  They qualify for the CPS Dept. of Libraries Matching Grant, Reading First, and Striving Readers, Improving Literacy through Libraries as well as most State, Federal and local funding opportunities.  They are proud to partner with CPS to meet all of your library needs.  They offer sets and individual titles from Grolier, Children’s Press, Franklin Watts, Scholastic, Weston Woods and Grolier online.  Contact Dan prior to ordering for accurate pricing or register on their Librarians Toolkit at

Ms. Margo Tomaras was invited by Ann Adams to make a presentation at our meeting. Ms Tomaras stated that DePaul University, along with a number of universities across the country, is participating in a program titled "Teaching with Primary Sources" a successor program to the "Adventure of the American Mind" program.  The program is a grant initiative funded by the Library of Congress and awarded in Illinois through the efforts and support of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin. Ms. Tomaras provided a quick overview of the comprehensive website.  She hopes members will invite her to their schools to participate in this program. The program's goal is to help teachers begin to use the Library of Congress' rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.  DePaul has done several sessions for CPS librarians with presentations focusing on linking literature to primacy sources along with using picture books as hooks to primary sources.  Contact at:  She provided CPDUs.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary