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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of September 27, 2008

The Rainbow Book Company was proud to host the September 2008 meeting for CTLA at the Marriott Chicago, Medical District, 625 South Ashland Avenue.

Rainbow Book Company has been approved as professional development provider.  The provider number is 102634.  CPDU credit was available. We had breakfast, books and a special guest speaker.  Mickey Simmons, Mark Sherman, David Sherman and Howard Tutt gave presentations.  They represent fifty plus publishers with a full range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including Spanish and Bilingual titles.

The special guest speaker for the meeting was Bob Raczka.  Bob lives in Glen Ellyn and grew up in Chicago.  He attended U. of I. in Champaign–Urbana and majored in art.  Visit his website at WWW.BOBRACZKA.COM.

Our president, Annie Culverson, opened the meeting.  Mary Habda, our immediate past president, installed the new officers of our 2008-2009 school year. Bonnie Hill read minutes.  Charlie gave the membership report. He maintains the report on our website at ourctla.org. Membership forms were available at the meeting.

Kim Boyd, from the Department of Libraries, gave an update on the department activities.  The Spanish Award-Winning Literature Seminar for All will be taking place October 11 from 10:00am to 12:30pm at Northeastern IL University. This showcase for recently published Spanish language books for children preK-8th grades.  October 15 is our Elementary Battle of the Books orientation at the Department of Libraries.  If you would like to attend, contact Dorothy Chambers at the Department of Libraries. The Department of Libraries is offering two grants: 1. The collaboration mini-grants.  Grant applications are due on October 17; 2. Our annual matching Grant is due on December 5th. The Chicago Public Library is not having the annual Library Card Campaign. We have a New Librarian workshop that takes place October 1st and 2nd at the Department of Libraries.  It is designed for librarians with one year or less experience.  Encyclopedia Britannica Database Training will be October 8th.  Teachingbooks.net Database Training is October 15.   Contact the Department of Libraries for more information. The Chicago Public Libraries has employment opportunities called the teacher-in-the-library. It provides the students in the neighborhood to get homework help after school.  You are expected to work four days a week, three hours a day at a rate to $25.00 an hour. Contact the branch manager or children’s librarian.

The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) will be having their conference November 6th-8th in Arlington Heights.  Pet Dempsy sent a card expressing her gratitude for her retirement celebration.  The Dept. of Libraries was awarded a major grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities last spring to provide every school with the "Picturing America" series. Delivery was scheduled by early September. Irish Leo-Bain (Librarian at Crane) found a supplemental website through ALA that matches a set of 22 books with this theme called "We The People Bookshelf". As a bonus, 4000 schools that apply will be selected to receive this collection. It has a one-page application on line. It is open until January.  Mary announced that any retired teacher interested in subbing for a maternity leave teacher for a year or three days a week may contact Gary Elementary School at 30th and Lawndale. The rewriting of the Illinois constitutional convention information is on the Union website... the Union votes 'No'.

We have a new segment called CTLA good news.  We will acknowledge and share the good things we have.  You got to be your own public relations.

Rainbow Books gave gifts, free drawing and author signing.  Everyone received a copy of Bob Raczka book title "Name that Style All About Isms in Art".

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary