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Our 2017-2018 schedule is in formation by our President Stacie Bell. Mailings are sent to members before each meeting at their e-mail address with full details and RSVP info., so please assure your e-mail address is accurate. Please note our “Idea Exchange.” Each meeting, we will spend 10 minutes sharing "Good News" ideas on the designated topic. Bring your ideas and hand-outs!

Book RoundupOCTOBER, 2017
Date and Time: Saturday, October 28 from 9:00-12:00
Place: Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. Enter on Plymouth Court, and go to Lower Level Multipurpose Room.
Host: Chicago Public Library's Children's Services
Program: Picture Book Roundup for new books since last April! Picture books are powerful and engaging illustrated texts. They can help children succeed in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Picture books appeal to children of all levels, interests, and learning styles. Join us for a ½ day informal professional development where we will read, discuss and share the latest and most noteworthy and best picture books. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Jason Driver at or call 312-747-4780 for more information.
RSVP: Register through the Learning Hub Class Code 74579 and else on Eventbrite. This event is free and open to the public.

Date and Time: Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 to 11:00am
Place: Mark Sheridan Academy, 533 West 27th St. The school librarian is Tricia Munoz (formerly McGann).
Host: Follett Library Resources, Inc. represented by Chicago Regional Sales Director: Wayne Schumann 888-511-5114 x3606 or and Chicago Sales Consultants: Tony Daniels (708) 884-6191 or Cell: (630) 710-0038 or serving the north section, Brett Wheeler (708) 884-6459 Cell: (847) 848-0695 or serving the south section, and Kevin Weniger (877) 899- 8550 X 46459 or Cell: (847) 848-0695 or serving the central section. Their general CPS service number is 888-511-5114 x1102 with a Library Service Consultant staffed 7am to 5:30pm. Their fax is 800-852-5458 (include a cover sheet). Follett is a CPS approved strategic source vendor #79776.
Program: Follett will provide breakfast and share information on Follett's latest and greatest news, including TitleWave and Lightbox. They will also be highlighting Follett's new Book Fair option coming Fall, 2018 to CPS.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes
Note: New and renewal memberships for the new year will be gladly accepted. After this meeting, only current memberships will be active and receive notices. We need you!

Date and Time: Holiday Get-Together on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 for a full mexican menu dinner costing $20, including authentic soft drinks. Bring a bottle of wine, if desired. ~ Happy Holidays!
Place: Tortilleria Atotonilco Restaurant, 1637 S. Blue Island Av. Limited free off-street parking in adjacent garage or free street parking northeast of restaurant on Blue Island Av. or along 16th Street.
Program: Holiday cheer open house with optional gift exchange (bring gift to exchange costing about $10)!
RSVP: All welcome. RSVP needed by December 14 at 9am to Stacie at, but pay $20 at door.
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: No Meeting
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities

Date and Time: No Meeting
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History

MARCH, 2018
Date and Time: No Meeting
Idea Exchange: PARCC and NWEA (MAP) testing and Women's History Month

APRIL, 2018
Date and Time: Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 to 11:00am
Place: Coonley Elementary, 4046 N Leavitt St. Our CTLA teacher-librarian member sponsor is Nora Wiltse.
Host: OverDrive
Program: A continental breakfast will be provided. OverDrive provides thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for your students and staff, and they are releasing a new app to manage and read your collection called SORA. They are the only 100% digital company that focuses on combining the technology you need with the content you want with an unrivaled catalog and a cost-effective purchasing model with the industry’s easiest-to-use platform and premier support. These titles are available 24/7, and can be easily read directly through your web browser. These digital titles connect students with a collection of reading materials to supplement their studies, as well as offering the kind of titles they would find in a public library for pleasure reading. For general questions about using OverDrive in the school or classroom, promotional materials, developing your collection, or training, contact Edwin Tucker at They put together a few collection lists for you to browse with Chicago Public Library’s 2017 Best of the Best titles, available through the OverDrive link in the CPS Marketplace. Also learn about upcoming Dept. of Literacy: Libraries programs and services. Join fellow librarians and literacy staff for classroom and resource advice! We will get a guided tour of the school library as well! Bring your questions and concerns.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Arab-American History Month
Note: Only current memberships are active. Memberships that expired last year are inactive and will not receive further communications. We need you! Please go to our Membership Page for more info. Nominations for all open 2018-2019 officer positions are welcome. Retiring members must contact Stacie Bell at for recognition at our May or June luncheon.

JUNE 2018
Date and Time: Saturday, June 2 from 9:00 to 11:00am
Place: Goethe Elementary School Library, 2236 N. Rockwell. Take the Fullerton Exit on the highway 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) between California and Western Avenue on Fullerton Avenue. The school is also close to the California stop on the Blue Line. The school entrance will be the front (middle) door on Rockwell. Please park on Rockwell. The Goethe teacher-librarian and CTLA member is Marcia Mariscal.
Host: CTLA
Program: At this final meeting there will be no vendor presentation. Instead, fellow CPS Librarians will be presenting on Grant Writing. We are very excited to share ideas and help each other get started on funding for the next school year. This will be an excellent opportunity to get inspiration and hear from individuals who have already won thousands of dollars of extra funding for their library. We look forward to seeing you there!
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Note: We will review elections for all open 2018-2019 officer positions. There is a proposal for CTLA to become a chapter of ISLMA/AISLE starting July 1.

iconAUGUST, 2018
Date and Time: Googlepalooza Conference Day Friday, August 10
Place: Whitney Young High School at 211 S Laflin St. Sessions will be led by Googlers, Google Certified Trainers, and CPS teachers and administrators. Participants will have a choice between one-hour presentations or two-hour workshops at varied ability levels from foundational basics to advanced strategies and tools. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Free admission.
Non-CPS: (Charters and more) click HERE to register ~ For CPS Network click HERE for full details.
Googlepalooza is designed to support all Principals, Teachers, Tech. Coordinators, Library/Media, Clerks and Staff as they utilize Google tools to teach, learn, work, and collaborate more effectively.
CTLA Optional Program: "CTLAing" social event TBA, based on interest after the closing session. We will look ahead to the new school year and strategize CTLA 2018-2019 meetings/activities and the status of school libraries and support resources, including our merger with ISLMA/AISLE! We especially hope all current and prospective officers can attend our "CTLAing" summer get-together planning session!

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