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Meeting Schedule
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Here is our complete 2004-2005 schedule as prepared by our President Vera Vasudevan-Bunting. 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 11th from 8:30-11:00am
Place: Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant, 516 N. Clark St.
Host: Viki Noe Chikow of Usborne Books.
RSVP: by September 8 to 773-588-0154 or by e-mail:
Program: Viki will present "Google No More with Usborne's Internet-linked Books!" (Note: 1 CPDU credit available.) Also, she will treat us to a lovely breakfast and great prizes! Come and hear about the latest product line from Usborne Books ( for classroom and home use including their popular School Book Fair service.
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas
Note: We will hear about our Dept. of Libraries and Info. Services "Back-to-School In-Service Day" for all CPS librarians on September 2 at Harold Washington Library.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 2 from 9:00-11:30am (Registration starts at 8:30)
Place: Galleria Marchetti at 825 W. Erie (Halsted and Grand)-- free parking in front of restaurant and along Erie.
Host: Richard Simons, Joe Vulpone, and Susan Raye of J/S Educational Concepts: 847-564-3617 or e-mail:
They are direct representatives for: ABDO, Booksource, Lerner, Raintree, UXL, Millbrook/21st Century, Morgan Reynolds, and Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark Books.
Program: Paul Whitsitt, Acting Director of our Department of Lib. and Info. Services, will discuss library circulation systems, plus review current department programs and services. As usual, J/S will provide drawings for free books, book reviews, food and fun!
RSVP: by September 30 to 847-564-3617 or e-mail:
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 18 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 & dinner starts at 5:30)
Place: Maggiano’s Bakery and Restaurant, 111 W. Grand, Chicago. Directions from expressways: Take Ohio St. feeder to Clark St. and turn right (south). FREE Valet parking.
Host: Kori Kubitz and Associates, Publishers’ Representative: 773-202-0955; fax: 773-202-1559; e-mail:; website:; address: 3725 N. Kenneth, Chicago, IL 60641
Kori represents many direct publishers and will have 100's of all new books on display.
Program: Kori and her associates have a wonderful dinner feast planned that will be a great primer for Thanksgiving. Kori's special speaker will be Dr. Ann Carlson-Weeks, our former and first Director of Lib. and Info. Services. She is now a professor and director at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, and she will showcase their "International Children's Digital Library" project. Look forward to sharing lots of food, conversation, books, and a great speaker!
RSVP: by November 15 by phone, fax, e-mail, or mail. All members received an invitation at their home address.

Date and Time: Saturday, December 4 from 9:45am-12:00pm
Place: Mable Manning Branch Chicago Public Library, 6 S. Hoyne Ave. (at Madison St. two blocks west of The United Center) There is a small parking lot plus street parking.
Host: Turk Glazebrook and Ione Graves of Perma-Bound Books:
Program: Good friends, good food, goody bags, great prizes plus our special traditional holiday book reading!
RSVP: None needed-- please come!
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 22 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 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax) or
Program: Join our discussion about black history through children's literature with a special guest from the DuSable Museum... click here for program flyer in pdf format. Delicious full buffet breakfast served with 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 with free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: Please respond by January 19 for attendance only (deadline extended from Jan. 12!)
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 19 from 9:00-11:30am
Place: Sultzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., north of the Montrose (4400 N.) and west of Leavitt (2200 W.)-- parking available on Lincoln Ave. and to the rear of the library on Leavitt.
Host: Nick Stiglich of Scholastic Library Publishing: 1-800-560-1947; 219-926-5970 (fax). Nick's vendor number is: 12872. Nick also represents Grolier, Children's Press, Franklin Watts, and Grolier Online. Official CPS Grolier Online website:
Program: A hot breakfast will be catered! Scholastic will offer... Raffle, Prizes, and Free Books!
RSVP: Please respond by the end of February 17 by phone or fax with name and school.
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, 2005
Date and Time: Saturday, March 12 (NOT the 19) from 9:00 - 11:30
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 state-of-the-art library and innovative media technology.
Host: Mark Sherman along with Mickey Simmons of Rainbow Book Company: phone: 847-581-0067 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.
Program: Plenty of news and book reviews. Light breakfast for all, including coffee, juice, bagels, rolls, fruit, etc!
RSVP: Please rsvp by phone or e-mail above as a courtesy, however, if you can't rsvp, just come.
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!
Note: Nominations for all open 2005-2006 officer positions are due.

APRIL, 2005
Date and Time: Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 - 11:30am
Place: Providence-St. Mel School (K-12), 119 S. Central Park Ave. (at Monroe St.) Free parking in school lot. Enter building under the purple awning. Providence St. Mel's teacher-librarian is CTLA member Joan Gerig, who will show us her library and innovative media technology and her premier school.
Host: Follett Library Resources at 888-511-5114, represented by Chicago reps: Wayne Schumann (x731 or, Steve Jarrell (x709 or, and David Brooks (x741 or
Program: A continental breakfast will be served. There will be a special production by a marionette troupe. Follett will also be demonstrating the most utilized collection development & weeding tool ever created for librarians with and its new components "TitleWise" and "TitleCheck". Come see how you can order books and A/V titles from FLR on-line and save you and your clerk time and money when ordering.
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry
RSVP: No RSVP needed. Please Come!
Note: Elections for all open 2005-2006 officer positions.

MAY, 2005
Date and Time: Saturday, May 21 from 11:00am - 2:00pm
Place: Healy's Westside Pub, 7321 W. Madison (2 blocks west of Harlem), Forest Park
Host: Baker & Taylor will help underwrite the event.
Program: May is our annual year-end banquet luncheon. An invitation will be sent to all current members as of May 1, 2005.
RSVP: RSVP required for reservation by May 14. Please Come! Cost will be $10 for members and $18 for non-members. Send names of guests and payment to Gail Johnson, CTLA V.P., at 1174 Humphrey Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304-2236. Further contact info for Gail is on our Officers page. If your check will not arrive by that date, please contact her by phone, fax (708 524-8603) or e-mail if you plan to attend.
Note: We will honor all member retirees as complimentary guests and we will install our new officers!

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