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Here is our 2003-2004 schedule! 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 6th from 8:30-11:30am
Place: Corner Bakery (at Maggiano's Restaurant), 516 N. Clark St.
Host: Viki Noe Chikow of Usborne Books.
RSVP: by Sept 3 to 773-588-0154 or by e-mail:
Program: You will hear about the latest product line from Usborne Books ( for classroom and home use including their popular School Book Fair service. In addition, there will be a presentation by Howard Shapiro and Steve Wiebe from Weebee Tunes Travel Adventures at:
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas
Note: We will hear from our Dept. of Libraries and Info. Services on current events.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 18 from 9:00-11:30am (Registration starts at 8:30)
Place: Holiday Inn (Hillside), 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL (hotel phone: 708-544-9300)
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, Morgan Reynolds, and Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark Books
RSVP: by October 14 to 847-564-3617 x104 or by e-mail:
Program: Delle Chatman, author of "The Unteachable Ten" will be our keynote speaker, plus drawings for free books, book reviews, and food and fun!
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: Saturday, November 15 from 8:00-11 a.m. (Doors open at 8:00 & breakfast starts at 8:30)
Place: Maggiano’s Bakery and Restaurant, 111 W. Grand, Chicago. Directions from expressways: Take Ohio St. feeder to Clark St. and turn right (south)
Host: Kori Kubitz and Associates, Publishers’ Representative: 773-202-0955; e-mail:
Kori represents many direct publishers and will have 100's of all new books on display
RSVP: by Nov. 12 by phone or e-mail.
Program: Meeting starts at 8:00 and the "Extraordinary Breakfast Spectacular" begins at 9:00 a.m.
Kori and her associates have a wonderful full breakfast planned that will be a great primer for Thanksgiving. Look forward to sharing lots of food and books!!
Idea Exchange: Overview of the Chicago Reading Initiative by Ann Adams and Rochelle Wooding.

As of 12/10, MEETING IS CANCELLED! Due to the illness and hospitalization of Maureen Arthur from Demco Books, the Saturday, December 13, 2003 Chicago Teacher Librarian Association meeting has been cancelled. Due to this last minute cancellation, we tried but were unable to reschedule an alternate meeting. We apologize for any inconveniences at this time. We regret this cancellation and ask for your understanding.
Date and Time: Saturday, December 13th, 8:30- 11:30 a.m.
Place: None
Host: None
RSVP: None
Program: CANCELLED... Author Denise Graham Zahn will do a reading from her book "The Legend of the Twenty First North Pole Santa."
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories

Date and Time: Saturday, January 24 from 8:30 - 11:30
Place: National Teachers' Academy, 55 W. Cermak Rd. Free parking in school lot east of school. NTA's teacher-librarian is Toby Rajput, who will show us her new library.
Host: Mark Sherman along with Mickey Simmons of Rainbow Book Company: Call: 847-726-9930 or e-mail:
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: Please Come-- no RSVP needed.
Idea Exchange: Black History Month Projects

Date and Time: Saturday, February 21 from 8:30-11:30am
Place: National Teachers' Academy, 55 W. Cermak Rd. Free parking in school lot east of building (enter from Cermak). NTA's teacher-librarian is Toby Rajput.
Host: Nick Stiglich of Scholastic Library Publishing: 1-800-560-1947; 219-926-5970 (fax). Nick's vendor number is: 12872
Program: A hot breakfast will be catered! Scholastic will offer... Raffle, Prizes, and Free Books!
RSVP: Please reply by Feb. 19 for accurate count to phone number above. If you can't reply, just come.
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History
Note: Penny Auction led by Marge Fashing in honor of Lincoln and his birthday. The 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, 2004
Date and Time: Saturday, March 13 from 9:00-11:30am
Place: Marriott (formerly the Hyatt) at 625 S. Ashland Ave. (at corner of Harrison St.) Free Parking compliments of Childrens' Plus-- lot is south of Hotel on Ashland Ave.
Host: Childrens' Plus at represented by Dan Walsh at 800-230-1279 or
Program: Delicious full buffet breakfast, friendly conversation, and valuable information about Children's Plus, a full service book distributor for over 25 years that has it all. There will be free samples to demonstrate their quality construction and durability of books.
RSVP: Please reply by March 10 (or as soon as possible) to or 800-230-1279.
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!
Note: Nominations for all open 2004-2005 officer positions are due.

APRIL, 2004
Date and Time: Saturday, April 3 from 9:00 - 11:30am
Place: Orozco Academy Middle School, 1940 W. 18th St. (at Damen Ave.) Free parking in school lot. Orozco's teacher-librarian is Connie Amon, who will show us her new library and innovative media technology.
Host: Follett Library Resources represented by:
   Steve Jarrell, Regions 1-2 at 888-511-5114 x 709 or
   Wayne Schumann, Regions 3-4 at 888-511-5114 x731 or
   David Brooks, Regions 5-6 at 888-511-5114 x741 or
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry
RSVP: No RSVP needed. Please Come!
Program: A short presentation on their SandCastle Early Literacy Program, which is a systematic phonics program aligned to NCLB. In addition, they will showcase their selection of A-V materials, including DVDs, videos, books-on-tape, and CD-ROMs. Finally, they will review their Illinois Textbook Loan Program materials. They will also have some handouts and a raffle for many free books. JUST ADDED: Children's author Carolyn Crimi will have a special presentation and book reading.
Note: Elections for all open 2004-2005 officer positions.

MAY, 2004
Date and Time: Saturday, May 15 from 11am - 2pm
Place: Three Happiness Chinese Restaurant, 2130 S. Wentworth Ave. (in Chinatown)
Host: Baker & Taylor
Idea Exchange: Summer Reading Projects, ie. CPL Summer Program
RSVP: Cost is $9 for members and $18 for non-members. (Note: The member cost is subsidized by Baker & Taylor.) Please reply to Pat Dempsey, Reservations Secretary, by May 14. Payments may be sent to her at Blaine School, Mail Route 33 or at 933 E. Forest Ave., Des Plaines, IL, 60018.
Program: May is our annual year-end banquet luncheon, and we will honor all member retirees as complimentary guests! Also, children's author and illustrator Kevin Luthardt will have a special presentation. In addition, this meeting will feature a new Silent Auction, including the following items (and more to come):

  1. From Sea to Shining Sea, valued at over $1,500. Donated by Marcy Dunlop from Scholastic Library Publishing
  2. Four various titles from Abdo Publishing Co.
  3. Internet Power Research: Using the Big 6 Approach from Mark Enslow, President of Enslow Publishing Co.
  4. Brand new set of the World Book Encyclopedia 2004 valued at $750 from Keith Morgan at World Book.
  5. 2004 Guiness Book of World Records from Rainbow Books.
  6. Let Freedom Ring, complete series -valued at 1292.22. Donated by Kori Kubitz from Capstone Press.
  7. We The People, complete series-valued at 791.00. Donated by Kori Kubitz from Compass Point Books.
  8. Animals All Around, complete series-valued at 255.12. Donated by Kori Kubitz from Picture Window Books.
  9. Exploring Dinosaurs, complete series-values at 324.84. Donated by Kori Kubitz from The Child's World.
  10. $200 gift certificate for anything in the Usborne catalog. Can be used for school or personal use. Can also be used to purchase kit to start own Usborne Books home-based business. Must be used by December 31, 2004. Donated by Viki Noe Chikow from Usborne Books.

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