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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of May 15, 2004

The meeting was hosted by Children's First at the Three Happiness Restaurant in Chinatown, 2130 S. Wentworth, Chicago. It was held between 11:00 and 2:00pm.

Our guest speaker told us how he got his first book published and demonstrated the artwork used in many of his books. He uses his picture ideas on a storyboard, then writes the manuscript. He loved writing children's book but got started as an artist. He pointed out that you must get your work out regardless of the rejections you may receive.

The treasurer reported an ending balance of $3949.49.

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Kathy announced that the summer reading program would be in partnership with the park district. Barnes and Noble summer reading program theme is "Embark on a learning safari." Get a free book by logging on to their web site. Book Expo is also coming up soon. Department of Libraries had 100 students to attend Lane School for the Battle of the Book affair.

Peggy Hettinger (Technology Coordinator) and Jacquelyn Crook (Area Librarian) will be retiring and Kathy Ryan is also leaving. On May 25, 2004 from 2pm to 5pm, the Department of Libraries will host an Open House and Retirement Celebration at the Department in the Professional Library.

Our retiring librarians were honored and our new officers were initiated into office.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary