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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of September 24, 2005

Vicki Noe Chikow, our host of Usborne Books, opened the CTLA meeting with a warm welcome.  The meeting was held at the Ann Sather’s Restaurant, located 5207 N. Clark Street, Chicago Ill.  We enjoyed a yummy breakfast.  We learned about great new sets of books including "Get Ready for King Tut" (He’s coming back to the Field Museum in May!)  We were also able to browse exciting new titles for this fall in 2005.

Vicki thanked the librarians for their purchases, which helped her in winning two Legacy sales awards.  It was announced that every school would be given a MasterCard by the Harris Bank to make purchases.  Just give the card to your vender and the purchase will go through.  The vender will get payment in 48 hours.  There will be one card per school.  You may donate to the Hurricane Katrina through the purchase of Usborne Books and bracelets.  Usborne has a pledge-based program called Reach for the Stars!  It is a reading incentive program sponsored by Educational Development. Have an Internet demonstration at your school and earn CPDUs.  For information call Vicki at (773) 588-0154 or

Our history moment, given by Marge Fashing, was a brief biography of Ursula Bielski.  Bielski is an author of Chicago’s supernatural folklore and will be appearing October 15, 2005 at Edgwater Branch, 1210 W. Elmdale Avenue at 1:00pm. She wrote "Chicago Haunts" and "Creepy Chicago". 

Woodra Scott extended greetings from the Department of Libraries and Information Services.  We were given updated information on professional development workshops given by the department.  Their new web site and email is  Check your CPS email account on regular basis.  The new web site is  A workshop for new librarians will be held on October 3rd.  Barbara Fields, Jacquelyn Crook, and Rita Dawson will conduct it.  If you are interested, call your regional librarian or call the main number 553-6210.

The treasurer report $3,211.93.  Get up-to-date information on our website

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary