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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of October 11, 2014

Meeting Place: Little Village CPL Branch, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave

Time: 9:30AM-11:30AM

HostRainbow Books (Mickey Simmons)

CTLA had a fantastic second meeting on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Little Village CPL Branch.  We began our meeting with membership renewal and updates on active membership numbers as well as an update from our treasurer. During breakfast, CTLA members enjoyed socializing and catching up with fellow librarians and friends.

Colleen Herman joined us at our second CTLA meeting and provided a number of updates from the Department of Literacy: Libraries. Colleen encouraged librarians to sign up for the U-Turn Technology Mentoring program either as a librarian mentor or as a mentee to work on developing technology confidence and skills.

There are many wonderful professional development opportunities scheduled throughout the year by the CPS Department of Literacy: Libraries.  Check the DLIS calendar for up-to-date information and remember to sign up in CPSU! Librarians are encouraged to take part in the CPS Small Bytes online PD to discover and learn new apps.

Colleen also shared a volunteer opportunity for retired librarians. The Mentoring the Next Generation program is a great way for retired librarians to continue to positively support students and our schools. 

Mickey Simmons and Tim Carlmark thanked librarians for their patronage throughout the years. Mickey shared specific books available from Rainbow Books. Mickey pointed out the new Abdo Kids series, perfect for students in first grade. National Geographic is also a new publisher for Rainbow Books. Mickey reminded us of the strong binding of the books and added the books come with a guarantee.

The featured speaker was children's librarian and children's author Natalie Ziarnik. Natalie read a portion of her book Madeleine’s Light: A Story of Camille Claudel. The book is illustrated by Robert Dunn. During her presentation, Natalie explained the process of writing, which needs daily practice and revision. Everyone received her book and Natalie signed books with a custom message. Natalie also brought modeling clay for everyone participated in a hands-on activity to experience sculpting, such as forming a bird.


Thank you to all our attendees and especially to our sponsor, Rainbow Books.  The next meeting will be held on November 20, 2014 at Connie’s Pizza and will be hosted by Capstone. More information will be forthcoming.

Respectfully Submitted,
Katherine Hlousek
Recording Secretary