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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of March 12, 2005

Rainbow Book Company hosted the meeting of the Chicago Teachers Library Association at the Orozco Academy Middle School at 1940 West 18th Street. We were served a light breakfast including juice, coffee, bagels, rolls, fruit and more.

The hosts were David Sherman and Mickey Simmons featuring a full range of fiction and nonfiction titles with many Spanish and bilingual titles. Books were on display from over 25 publishers. Many were just released "2005" copyrights. Gifts and free drawings were given to those who attended.

Connie Amon of Orozco Academy showed us her state-of-the-art library and innovative programs.

Clarice Berry, who was a CPS principal for 20 years and is currently the President of the Chicago Principals' and Administrators' Association, was the guest speaker. She started the meeting off telling us how she happened to come as a chance to visit librarians. She expressed her serious concerns about Baker and Tayler being the sole provider of library books. The bottom line is people want to choose and it is disrespectful not to ask us what we want. We should be able to say what we want and demand choice. It was pointed out that anyone who writes a reasonable waiver should have it go through. Baker and Taylor has a poor service record, according to the members present. She thanked us for standing with the principals and letting Central Office know how we feel.

Coming April there will be more freedom for ordering with unspent funds. Heather, at Central Office, is doing the waivers. They are fully aware of the difficulties we have.

John Elliot from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County told us what is available for teachers and librarians. They have "Getting in Touch with Nature" classroom programs and nature center field trips. They offer free inschool science and nature programs for all schools within Cook County. District naturalists present these programs featuring interesting, fun, interactive classroom presentations and activities that help teachers meet Illinois State Learning Standards, especially in science. These classroom programs are best used to enhance or culminate science and nature units. John demonstrated some of these classroom activities with his traveling collections. Call Dept. of Resource Management: 708-771-1330. Join the Preserve Keepers Corps! You picnic with your friends, ride the trails, fish the lakes, and canoe the streams. Just driving the roads through the woods may be one of the quiet pleasures you enjoy! Call 773-631-1790. For the Calendar of Events, write to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, 536 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest, IL. 60305. For information call 1-800-870-3666 or visit there web site at

The treasurer reported a balance of $4,285.10 as of February 28, 2005. Marge Fashing gave the history moment on the Irish Piper. We had nominations of officers for the upcoming school year.

Paul Whitsitt, Director of Libraries, announced the April 18th meeting at IIT featuring Dr. Dave Orchard on "Band the Bird". There will be an upcoming event at the University of Chicago for Professional Development on improving literacy. Notices will be mailed out to the schools. Dominican University will be doing a library teacher collaboration project. Rainbow books will be one of the venders to supply the books for that program. They will make a very generous donation of books to collaborate units with other teachers.

Give names of retiring librarians to Gail Johnson at 708-524-7903.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary