Officers Membership Treasurer Minutes By-Laws News

Meeting Schedule
(click here to jump to our current year schedule)

Here is our complete 2002-2003 schedule, as arranged by our President Cathy Ruszel. Mailings are sent to members before each meeting at their home address with more details and RSVP info. Please note our “Idea Exchange.” Each meeting, we will spend 15 minutes sharing ideas on the designated topic. Bring your ideas and hand-outs!

Date and Time: Saturday, September 21 from 8:30-11:30am
Place: Medill Professional Training Center in Room 309
14th Place & Loomis. Free parking in lot- enter on 14th Place.
Host: Dan Faulkner,, Education on Wheels
Dan represents Blackbirch, Capstone, Compton's, Compass Point, Crabtree, Gareth Stevens, Heinemann, Kid Haven, Peeble, World Almanac and others.
RSVP: by Sept. 18 to 1-800-398-6327 or by e-mail:
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects, Young Authors, and Recertification
Note: We will hear from Dept. Director Kathleen Ryan on current events.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 19 from 9:00-11:15am (Registration starts at 8:30)
Place: Oak Lawn Hilton, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn-- use hotel lot
Host: Richard Simons, Joe Vulpone, and Susan Raye of J/S Educational Concepts: 847-564-3617.
They are direct representatives for: ABDO, Booksource, Lerner, Raintree, UXL, Millbrook/21st Century and Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark Books
RSVP: by Oct. 16 to Helen at the phone number above
Program: Book Reviews and Drawings for Free Books, plus updates from the Department
Idea Exchange: Volunteers, Family Reading Nights, & Special Programs

Date and Time: Saturday, November 16 from 10:00am-12:45pm
Place: Maggiano’s Bakery and Restaurant, 516 N. Clark, Chicago - Free Valet Parking
Meeting in the Banquet Hall called the "Amarone Room" around the corner on Grand Ave.
Directions from expressways: Take Ohio St. feeder to Clark St. and turn right (south)
Host: Kori Kubitz and Associates, Publishers’ Rep.: 773-202-0955; e-mail:
Kori represents many direct publishers and will have 100's of all new books on display
RSVP: by Nov. 13 by phone or e-mail
Program: Meeting starts at 10:00 and the "Extraordinary Luncheon Spectacular" begins at 11:00
Kori and her associates have a wonderful luncheon planned that will be a great primer for Thanksgiving. Look forward to sharing lots of food and books!!
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time: Saturday, December 7 from 8:30-11:30am
Place: Hyatt at University Village, 625 S. Ashland, Chgo.-- use hotel lot
Host: Ernest Cino of World Enterprises Educational Division representing Alexandria Automation and EconoClad Books: His vendor number is: 13102
RSVP: by December 6 by phone: 773-237-8989 or 630-916-0149 or e-mail:
Program: "Using Automation As a Tool for Collaboration in Collective Development" In addition, Ernest will introduce his Chicago staff team and provide a full buffet breakfast.
Idea Exchange: Holiday stories and Library Automation
Note: Woodra Scott, Barbara Fields, and Jackie Crook will lead a special presentation on Holiday Stories.

Date and Time: Saturday, January 11 from 9:00 - Noon
NEW PLACE as of 11/02: Hyatt at University Village, 625 S. Ashland Ave. - Free Parking
Host: Mark, Mike, & David Sherman and Mickey Simmons of Rainbow Book Company:
Rainbow Books represents over 25 publishers with a full range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including Spanish and bi-lingual titles. Books will be on display from Scholastic, Candlewick, Random House, Crabtree, Harper Collins, Rourke, Capstone, Gareth Stevens, Rosen, Little Brown, ABDO, Kingfisher, Enslow, Heinemann, and Chelsea House, plus others.
RSVP: by January 8 by phone: 847-726-9930 or e-mail:
Program: A full buffet breakfast then special guest Michael Dahl, author of numerous children's books, including Finnegan Zwake, The Viking Claw, and his lastest Agatha Christie, Spiderman, and Me: A Writer Looks at Editors.
Idea Exchange: Collaborative Planning and Flex Scheduling Models
Note: CPDU credit available

Date and Time: Saturday, February 8 from 9:00-11:45am
Place (Confirmed): Medill Professional Training Center in Room 309
14th Place & Loomis. Free parking in lot- enter on 14th Place.
Host: Jennifer Yarberry of Rigby Education and Steck-Vaughn:
Idea Exchange: Fun Activities and African-American Stories
RSVP: None needed-- Please Come!
Program: A continental breakfast then hear updates from our Department Director Kathy Ryan. The keynote presentation is: “Comprehension: Strategies for Instruction” presented by Betty Crites, Great Lakes Regional Consultant for Rigby and Steck-Vaughn. Followed by a book raffle.
Note: Penny Auction led by Marge Fashing in honor of Lincoln and his birthday. Penny Auction is our librarian version of a 'Swap-o-Rama'. You are asked to donate any unwanted "treasures" for auction... and then get new "treasures" for pennies! Donations will include award-winning hardcover books! Bring your pennies (1 chance each), nickels (five chances), dimes (10 chances), etc.!

MARCH, 2003
Date and Time: Saturday, March 8 from 8:30-11:30am
Place: Blaine Elementary School, 1420 W. Grace, Chgo. (use school lot)
Host: Nick Stiglich of Scholastic Library Publishing: 1-800-560-1947
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History
RSVP: Requested by March 6, but call on the 7th anyway. Please Come!
Program: A hot breakfast will be catered! Grolier will offer... Raffle, Prizes, and Free Books!
Nick is providing a free trial of Grolier Online at until 4-15-03
Use the username 'spring' and the password 'training'.
Note: Nominations for all open 2003-2004 officer positions are due.

APRIL, 2003
Date and Time: Saturday, April 5 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Place: UIC- Circle Center at 712 S. Halsted, Room 214 - Park south on Halsted
Host: David Brooks, Wayne Schumann, & Steve Jarrell of Follett Library Resources
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Library and Reading of Poetry
RSVP: Requested by April 2 to David at 1-888-511-5114 x741. Please Come!
Program: Demonstration of Curriculum Titlewave plus information on Library Titlewave... check it out at: - Also, there will be a raffle for many free books.
Note: Elections for all open 2003-2004 officer positions. CLICK HERE to see candidates.

MAY, 2003
Date and Time: Saturday, May 17 from 11:00am-2:00pm
Place: Galleria Marchetti at 825 W. Erie (Halsted and Grand)-- free parking in front of restaurant and also east of Halsted on Erie
Host: Turk Glazebrook and Ione Graves of Perma-Bound Books:
Idea Exchange: Summer Reading Projects, ie. CPL Summer Program
RSVP: Must be received by May 10 to Nancy Volkman, Reservations Secretary, at Norwood Park School, MR #30 with $10 co-pay payable to CTLA. If your reservation will arrive late, please call Nancy at 534-1198 or e-mail her at:
Program: May is our annual year-end banquet luncheon. The luncheon menu is: chicken vesuvio, salad, vegetable, potato, rolls, coffee, tea, and Italian ice.
Note: We will honor all member retirees as complimentary guests!

Back to top of page