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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of March 18, 2006

Rainbow Book Company was proud to host the March 2006 meeting for CTLA.  We joined them for breakfast at the Marriott Chicago in the Medical District, 625 South Ashland Ave.  Free parking was compliments of Rainbow Books from 9am to noon.  We enjoyed a great breakfast and received books, gifts, free drawings and an author signing of our special guest speaker, Mr. Michael Dahl.

Michael Daul is the author of "Agatha Christie, Spiderman, and Me" and numerous books for children including the successful Finnegan Zwake Mystery series for young readers published by Simon & Schuster.  The Viking Claw was nominated for Best Children’s Mystery for both the Agatha and the Anthony Award in 2002.  He has also written numerous nonfiction books and his poetry has been published in Cricket magazine.  Mr. Dahl conducts workshops at schools, libraries and bookstores.  His website is

Our hosts were Mark Sherman, David Sherman and Mickey Simmons.  Books were on display from: Scholastic, Candlewick, Random House, Crabtree, Harper Collins, Rourke, Capstone, Picture Window, Compass Point, Stone Arch, Gareth Stevens, Rosen, Little Brown, Abdo, Enslow, Child’s World, Lerner and many more just released 2006 copyrights.  Rainbow Book company has been approved as a professional development provider.  We were given CPDU credit for attending this meeting.

Our president Gail Johnson opened the meeting.  Charlie Gunn reminded us to visit our website for membership, minutes and treasurer report.  We have pictures on there now from the meetings, listserve for the librarians, and announcements from various librarians.

Marge Fashing presented articles and ideas about teaching Nutrition.  For free materials go to She reminded us that at one time we had special book numbers that came with each book from the purchasing department to order with before we started using the ISBN numbers. The ISBN number will soon go the 13 digits.  Ambiguities are a word for all librarians meaning being everywhere at the same time.

Merril Stegall, from the Department of Libraries, stated that the collection development has books on tape coming to every school library in March.  Random House donates them.  The remainder of the aria Library meetings in March was rescheduled do to the schools testing.  The vender contracts are handled by purchasing and are up for renewal.  They are in the process of evaluating and are looking to use more than one vender at this time.  The library is a part of a very large literary grant.  The middle school library will be getting funds coming from this grant.  The weeding fee grant is discontinued.  Call your aria librarian to get grants for your particular collection to up grade. Special development day was at the Field’s Museum.  Battle of Books is a volunteer program for elementary schools. If you are interested, contact Toby at 553-6214.  For the summer school library program contact Melva Samuels.  100 library positions are open and people are needed to feel that slot.

Kathy announced that there is an articled on Poisson to be brought to kids at

Gail announced that down loadable audio might be gotten and used for two weeks.  Contact Angela Crouse at Email  We received two new members and many new faces were welcomed.

Rainbow Books look forward to coming back and being part of the Chicago Public Schools.  They represent over 50 publishers K-8th grades.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary