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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of January 27, 2007

We enjoyed a beautiful luncheon of eggplant parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, chicken Marsala, tiramisu, New York Style Cheesecake and more!

Irish, our president, opened the meeting.  There were a lot of new faces. Invitations went out to all CPS teachers.  Membership is $10 but was not required for this meeting. Thank you for attending. The meeting was sponsored by Children’s Plus at Maggiano's Little Italy’s Amarone Room, located 111 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago. We had an afternoon with Jacqueline Woodson.  She is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults.  We were especially pleased to welcome her as our keynote speaker.  She is author of such notable titles as Show Way, a Newbery Honor book, Hush, a National Book Award Finalist, and Miracle’s Boys, a Coretta Scott King Award winner.   Ms. Woodson discussed her new book Feathers which will be coming in the spring of 2007.  We enjoyed an exciting presentation by this outstanding author and received an autographed signing and giveaway of her books in a beautifully designed tote bag. Jacqueline Woodson said that she write because "I believe there are so many stories to tell and so many people in the world who have historically not been a part of our literature".

Children plus is ready to work with you and help you build an outstanding collection for your school.  Feel free to call and arrange an appointment and special preview at your convenience.  Call Children’s Plus, Inc. at 1-800-230-1279 or fax 800-896-7213.  The books and author speak for the company.  They are an approved vender because they strive for high quality of customer service.

Marge Fashing gave the history on our February meeting which will be at the Lozano Library.  February is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday celebration.  In honor of him, we will have our traditional penny auction and every one is expected to chip with items that may be useful to others. We all sang "Bear down Chicago Bears" in honor of our football team’s history and Super Bowl this year.  Ms. Sharon Wilcher, principal of the James Ward School, thanked us for inviting her to our meeting and will encourage other principals to come. She was invited by Beatrice Haney, teacher librarian of her school. There will be a CDPU presentation given by Irihs Bain.  Usbourne Books with Vicki Noe Chikow will host our March meeting here at Maggiano's Restaurant.  In April, Santillana, the top Hispanic book vendor will sponsor our meeting for the first time.  At the May meeting we will honor our retirees-- we need to know by April 1st which retirees to include in the celebration.

Coming in the summer of 2007 is the continuing professional studies: Technology Leaders for Chicago Public Schools offered by National Louis University.  They offer a tuition discount for this program to Chicago Public School teacher-librarians. In addition, funding is being sought for significant scholarship opportunities.  Visit:  There will be an information session on Feb 27th at 4:30pm the North Shore Campus located at 5202 Old Orchard Rd., Room 468 leading to Library Information Specialist Endorsement.

Edie reported an ending balance of $4,365.42.  Charlie Gunn maintains our website and keeps it up-to-date. Visit for current information. Paul Whisitt, from the Department of Libraries, said that a copy of the new calendar is out, and it contains upcoming workshops being offered for librarians.  Sign up to be a host school for school librarian for the day-- the meetings make a difference in helping people network.  You will get notice about your status on Matching Grants. Vera Bunting said that the 27th annual Children’s Literature Conference is March 16-17, 2007 at the Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ilinois.  CPDUs will be available.  Visit  Pine Tree Poetry, Inc. is located at 2966 S. Church St., Suite 304, Burlington, NC  27215.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary