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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of January 19, 2008

The Board of the CTLA met at 10:00 am to discuss and plan the future CTLA By-Laws. Options for changes were discussed and may be viewed on our web site.

This meeting as well as the regular CTLA meeting was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy Amarone Room aria located 111 W. Grand Avenue in Chicago. The meeting was open to all Chicago Public School librarians. Membership in CTLA was not required.

Children’s Plus, Inc. hosted the meeting at 11:30 a.m. and was pleased to present Lester L. Laminack as guest speaker. He is a writer and educational consultant. He demonstrated to us how he makes presentations which keep and hold the interest of children as he reads to them. Mr. Laminack work with schools throughout the United States. He is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education at Western Carolina University. He has received the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English. He served as co-editor of the NCTE journal Primary Voices and is currently editor of the Children’s Book Review Department and of their Language Arts’ journal. He is a teaching editor for the magazine Teaching K-8; he wrote the Parent Connection column (2000-2002). He is author of the following books published by Peachtree Publishers: Snow Day! Jake’s 100th Day of school, Saturday and Teacakes, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth. We were all given an autographed copy of his book "Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature" and an autographed copy of his book "Snow Day!"

We enjoyed the previews of the spring 2008 titles from Children’s Plus, also a delicious luncheon and drawing giveaways.

Marge Fashing’s history moment reminded us that our constitution is the leading document we work on to be an active organization meeting the needs of all of our members.

Announcements: All are on our website: At the February meeting we will present our new By-Laws. Marge and Iris will answer questions on getting National Board Certification. Christy Thomas, the consultant of library automation, may share information about her five year project to automate all CPS libraries. We will have a penny auction in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Our March meeting will be March 1st sponsored by Follett at UIC. They will give more information on Title Wave. Bring ideas of poetry to the meeting. Information on National Board Certification will be given on January 23rd at the Merchandize Mart. The Virtual Library Second Life workshop is January 28th at the Department of Libraries– be there by 7:00 in you need a new account. National Louis University is having their Booklist and Book Week Review January 26. Metropolitan Library System has several workshops coming up. Information may be found on our CTLA website. Art in the Library Grant decisions will be made February 1st. Volunteers are needed for Battle of the Books on April 26th. The Best of the Best will be February 5th & 6th at the Harold Washington Library. High School Librarians' meeting is February 9th. Letters have gone out for the Library Card Campaign awards. Library Learning Community meetings for CPS will be held in late March or early April. Look for notices. Let Mary Hebda or Annie Culverson know if you are retiring in June. Think about who you want to run for an officer’s position for the 2008-2009 CTLA school year. Nominations will be at the March meeting and elections at the April meeting. March 14th & 15th will be "Male Call Boys and Books" workshop at Northern Illinois University connecting boys and books. If you are interested call 800-345-9472 or on-line. Dr. Evans retirement party will be tomorrow January 20th. The election primary is February 5th– the CTU has candidate endorsements on their website: The Matching Grant decisions will be announced Friday, January 25th.

The treasury report an ending balance of $4,788.77. Charly had registration forms for membership available after the meeting. Reading is Fundamental in Chicago ( is having a parent workshop at the end of February. They give books to students to help develop home libraries.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary