Our 8th and final meeting of the year was our annual Retirement and Year-End Celebration held on May 31 at Connie's Restaurant for a full course dinner. Above are the ten retirees present, plus there were a couple who could not attend, which makes this the biggest year for retirement. We thank President-Elect June Andalcio and Historian and Past President Marge Fashing for planning this very successful evening, which also included a free raffle of ten great combo packages. About 60 attended, including Jeremy Dunn and Dorsey Chalmers from our CPS DLIS. (Please note that we do not yet have a photo from our 7th meeting held at Burroughs School on April 14.)
Our 6th meeting of the year was held on March 24 at Nathaniel Greene Elementary School in their main library hosted by Mackin Educational Resources and Marie Szyman, CTLA Member and Greene School teacher-librarian. Marie welcomed us to her wonderful library and said she has been using SOAR since its release six years ago. June Andalcio (pictured above and standing) called the meeting to order. At June's right (sitting) is Ryan Thomas, National Sales Director for Mackin, who made a special trip to Chicago to join us! Ryan announced that Mackin is CPS's newest library vendor with over 1.5 million products for sale on their impressive full service website, and he is working closely with Jeremy Dunn, our DLIS Director. Ryan stepped us through the website with many premium value-added features, including their "Book Talk" section allowing students to author and publish their own book reviews in print and video! Mackin has a dedicated Illinois sales consultant, Matt Faber. Ryan looks forward to hosting another meeting next year, when Matt can meet us and establish our new partnership.
Our 5th meeting of the year was held on February 18 at Crane High School in their main library hosted by Follett Library Resources. Above, Andy Larson give a presentation on Cranium CoRE, an interactive book quiz program controlled by 'clickers'. Marie Szyman, CTLA Member and Greene School teacher-librarian, uses Cranium CoRE in her library and gave a rave review. Attendees were put into teams and played a trial game and became very engaged. Follett provided plenty of breakfast food and beverages catered by Panera Bread. Crane's Media Specialist and CTLA member, Irish Leo-Bain, had a table full of new free books for attendees. In addition, the annual Penny Auction was conducted by June Andalcio, CTLA VP, who led the meeting with many treasurers traded and won!
Our 4th meeting of the year was held for the 7th year in a row at Maggiano’s *Little Italy* Restaurant on Grand Ave. in the Amarone Room and hosted by Children's Plus Books on January 28. About 160 attendees enjoyed the annual banquet-style meeting with all the Maggiano favorites served as a three course meal! June Andalcio, CTLA VP, hosted the meeting and recognized Andrea Hetzke, CTLA member and librarian, who just published a book on book club activities. Jeremy Dunn, Director of DLIS, spoke about the Department and new initiative to integrate with ITS (Technology Dept.). Kevin Walsh, President of Children's Plus, welcomed everyone and shared his love of libraries and the critical work of librarians. Kevin introduced guest author Paul Griffin! Paul visited Springfield High School the day before, and used his experience as just one of 100s of school visits to reach out to students and their everyday challenges to deal with life issues. Paul read from his new book Ten Mile River, and then each attended got a copy that he personalized! In addition, everyone left with Children's Plus signature box of chocolates as another 'thank you'!
Our 3rd meeting of the year was held at Little Village Branch Public Library in the Community Room and hosted by Rainbow Books on December 17. A full continental breakfast was served, as catered meals are not permitted in the library. This new branch is located adjacent to Kanoon School, which has artwork posted behind the guest speaker Sean Callahan. Sean spoke about his career as a business news journalist at Crain Communications compared to his career as a children's book author with Albert Whitman Publishers. Rainbow Books and Sean gave out signed copies of The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow and A is for Ara to all attendees. In addition, we heard from a librarian at the library, from Dorsey Chambers from the DLIS, plus Tim Carlmark, National Sales Director, and Mickey Simmons, Chicago Sales Manager, for Rainbow Books Company!
Our 2nd meeting of the year was held at Connie's Restaurant on Archer Ave. and hosted by Kori Kubitz and Associates on November 15 for a lovely evening event, including a social hour, plenty of appetizers, a full entree buffet dinner, and a delicious dessert spread! It seems our Thanksgiving meal came a week early, combined with everyone receiving a ten book set of hardcover books around the theme of royalty, castles, and fairy tales. To cap off Kori's generosity, everyone participated in a raffle, where the odds of winning were in your favor! Jeremy Dunn and Dorsey Chambers came from the DLIS, and Dorsey gave us plenty of updates on the lastest CPS developments!
Our new 2011-12 school year of meetings began on October 1 at the new Department of Libraries and Information Services offices at Elizabeth Training Facility in room 406 hosted by CTLA and the Department. A continental breakfast was served, and Marge Fashing, Historian and Past President, sponsored a great raffle with plenty of winners. Carmita Ortiz, 2011-12 President, welcomed everyone and led the meeting. Above, CTLA member and DLIS network librarian Dorsey Chambers gives news in the 4th floor lobby about the Department and teacher-librarian professional development opportunities. She is holding up Free Voluntary Reading by Stephen Krashen, which is the book choice for the next Librarian's Professional Book Club meeting on November 29 at ETF from 4-5:30. Along the back wall is the small remaining Professional Library collection transferred from Medill PTC. Please check the DLIS website, as linked below, for all the latest details. Meeting minutes have been posted on the "Minutes" page.