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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of January 31, 2009

President Annie Culverson called to order the January meeting.  She announced the passing of recording secretary Maude Muhammad and eulogized Maude, giving a synopsis of her life, lighting a candle and offering a moment of silence to honor Maude. She thanked the members who attended the service and thanked Charlie for sending flowers on behalf of CTLA. Bonnie Hill, Maude’s niece and CTLA member, thanked the CTLA for embracing Maude and her.  She also expressed gratitude for CTLA’s generosity, flowers and support.

Department of Library’s Paul W. announced that the goal of the automation pilot is to be centralized and on one system.  There are currently 36-38 schools in the pilot, which is going well.  More schools are coming on line.  There is a full day of professional development planned for March 27th, the end of the third quarter.  He reminded us of the Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best program for newly published books.  He also asked that volunteers for the Battle of the Books competition for grades 4-8 should call Dorsey at 553-6218.  The event will be held Saturday, April 18th.

Annie thanked Children’s Plus for hosting our January meeting at Maggione’s Little Italy Restaurant.  Edie read the treasurer’s report and reported a balance of $5,058.30.  Annie invited new attendees to become members.  Marge announced that the ALA will be meeting in Chicago July 9-15.  She also proposed that librarians consider participating in a parade of library carts during the convention.  Librarians interested in a part-time position at Richton Square Pre-school should contact Gwen Hillary.

Northern Illinois Children’s Literature Conference with the theme "Link to Lincoln" focusing on how 'our patrons and students are full of promise' will be March 12-13 in Dekalb, IL.

Center for Teaching through Children's Books event Saturday, February 7 at 2:00pm. In addition, National-Louis University is starting new School Library Information Specialist (LIS) cluster. For more info., contact Dr. Gail Bush at or 224-233-2522.

Irish will host the next CTLA meeting at Crane High School at 9:00 on February 28th.  Breakfast will be served and there will be the Annual Penny Auction.

Annie invited members to offer suggestions and criteria for honoring a principal of the year.

Good News:  Annie announced that she applied for and is receiving a collection of books and materials from We the People Bookshelf.

The owners of Children’s Plus invited members to view a sampling of their collections and to call on them.  They then introduced author, Doreen Rappaport, who spoke on her writing process and signed copies of her books Martin’s Big Words and Freedom River.

Respectfully Submitted,
Erin O'Shea
Substitute Recording Secretary