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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of May 17, 2003

We held our end of the school year CTLA Banquet at the Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie, Chicago. from 11:00AM- 2:00PM. Perma-Bound & CTLA hosted it. Advance reservation was required. Maude Muhammad read the minutes of the last meeting. The treasurer's reported an ending balance of $4,662.00.

Our former president, Cathy Ruszel, gave recognition to the retirees, thanks to the officers of the past year, and thanks to the regional librarians who worked and supported us. Announcements were made of the following: library positions open, the ISLMA conference and grants received. It was pointed out that a well staffed and well funded library raised achievement scores. Collaboration with classroom teachers and those schools headed by certified specialist have much better reading scores regardless of demographics. The ALA conference is in Toronto this June. It is good to get out-of-state and see different perspectives of libraries. The National Board certification raises us up with a different attitude which leads to respect. The CPS Office of Recertification is looking for candidates to work with them.

The summer reading program is June 19-August 2 at the Chicago Public library. The theme is Book A Flight and is in cooperation with the Museum of Science and Industry. The Barnes and Noble summer reading program will have a different theme each week. They offer free coupons and a 50% off book credit card. The Oak Park Magic Tree House will feature Harry Potter.

Our guest speaker for today was Eileen Gale Kugler. Her topic was on her new book "Debunking the Middle Class Myth: Why Diverse Schools Are Good for All Kids”. Cathy Ruszel honored retirees with plaques purchased by CTLA. Each retiree stated their greatest accomplishment while in service.

Installation of officers was done by Rita Dawkins with the traditional candle lighting ceremony and elaborate job descriptions.

Cathy Ruszel ended with saying that "The books we read should be chosen with great care, and that librarians hold the key to information. Have a wonderful summer everyone!"

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary