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Meeting Schedule
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Past schedules available: 2002-03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05

***The 2006-07 Meeting Schedule will be available by our CPS Back-to-School Professional Development on September 1
at West Side Technical Institute, 2800 South Western Avenue, from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.***

Our complete 2005-2006 has been finalized by our President Gail Johnson. 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 10 minutes sharing ideas on the designated topic. Bring your ideas and hand-outs!

Date and Time: Saturday, September 24th from 8:00-11:00am
Place: Ann Sather's Restaurant, 5207 N. Clark St. (Please note this location.)
Host: Viki Noe Chikow of Usborne Books
RSVP: by September 21 to 773-588-0154/888-808-1104 or by e-mail: Space is limited and walk-ins cannot be admitted, so please RSVP!
Program: A presentation on the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum called: "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" coming in May. A special guest is also planned in addition to a yummy 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

Date and Time: Saturday, October 1 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, Morgan Reynolds, Discovery Education, Bearport, Raintree, Chelsea House/Fact On File, and Thomson/Gale.
Program: J/S will provide drawings for free books, book reviews, food and fun!
RSVP: by September 27 to 847-564-3617 ext. 104 or e-mail:
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 17 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. (Dinner starts at 5:30)
Place: The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 W. Taylor St, in 3rd floor banquet hall (building has elevator)-- FREE Valet parking starting at 4:30.
Host: Kori Kubitz, Jo Ann Flournoy and Associates, Direct Publishers’ Representative for Capstone Press, Picture Window Books, Compass Point, Child's World, Rosen & Powerkids, Rourke/Weigl, and Perfection Learning. Ph.: 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 again have a wonderful dinner feast planned, including cocktails, to prime us for Thanksgiving and the Holiday season. The facility is owned by the Rosebud Restaurant. The program is called "March of the Publishers' Representative" based on "March of the Penguins" movie.
RSVP: by November 10 by phone, fax, e-mail, or mail. All members will receive an invitation at their home address.

Date and Time: Saturday, December 3 from 8:30am-11:00pm
Place: Ramada Inn Lake Shore, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive- free parking in motel lot.
Host: Turk Glazebrook and Ione Graves of Perma-Bound Books: or 773-548-3446
Program: Buffet breakfast, goody bags, great prizes plus our special traditional holiday book reading with Rita Dawkins!
RSVP: Please call 773-548-3446 by December 1. (Please come anyway, but the RSVP is a helpful courtesy.)
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 28 from 11:30am - 2:00pm (This is a luncheon!)
Place: Maggiano’s *Little Italy* Amarone Room – 111 W. Grand, First Floor
Host: Childrens' Plus at represented by Dan Walsh at 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax) or
Program: Delicious family-style luncheon including Calamari Fritté, Stuffed Mushrooms, Caesar Salad, Chopped Salad, Eggplant Parmesan, Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli, Fresh Fish of the Day, Chicken Marsala, Tiramisu, and New York Style Cheesecake!
     Plus plenty of friendly conversation and valuable information about Children's Plus, a full service book distributor for over 25 years that offers thousands of titles from major publishers as well as many small, independent presses. There will be free samples to demonstrate their quality construction and durability of books with free shipping and unattached processing, along with a preview of Spring 2006 titles!
     Plus a special presentation by Mike Thaler! Mr. Thaler is well known as the author of the Black Lagoon Series and "America’s Riddle King". He is also the recipient of numerous Children’s Choice Awards and has written additional popular children’s series such as The Black Lagoon Adventures, Happily Ever After, and Snarvy Cooper. After his presentation, Mr. Thaler will personalize complimentary copies of his book "The Librarian from the Black Lagoon" for all present CTLA members!
RSVP: January 20 to Kelley Hannigan at or to customer service at 800-230-1279, which has voice mail afterhours.
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 - 11:30am (NOTE: After the meeting, Follett has arranged a visit to the Coretta Scott King Illustrations exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago for those with valid teacher identification.)
Place: Chicago Athletic Association. The CAA is located at 12 South Michigan Ave. Chicago. Parking at CAA is $18. To offset this parking fee, Follett will send a free book to any CTLA member's school who provides a parking validation ticket.
Host: Follett Library Resources at 888-511-5114, represented by Chicago reps: Wayne Schumann (x3605 or, Steve Jarrell (x3709 or, David Brooks (x3741 or, and Brooke Venegas (x3731 or
Program: A continental breakfast will be served. 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. More information to follow!
RSVP: By February 15 to David Brooks (see contact info. above)
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, 2006
Date and Time: Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 - 12:00 noon
Place: Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC at 625 S. Ashland Ave. (at corner of Harrison St.)-- free parking compliments of Rainbow Books-- lot is south of Hotel on Ashland Ave.
Host: Mark Sherman, David Sherman, and Mickey Simmons of Rainbow Book Company: phone: 847-581-0067 or e-mail: ~ Rainbow Books represents 40 plus 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, Picture Window, Compass Point, Stone Arch, Gareth Stevens, Rosen, Little Brown, ABDO, Enslow Child's World, Lerner Press, and many, many more including 2006 copyrights!
Program: Full breakfast will be served along with a special guest speaker: author Michael Dahl! His presentation is: "Agatha Christie, Spiderman and Me: A Writer Looks at Editors". Michael has written almost 200 books with mystery series such as Finnegan Zwake and Scooter Spies along with many non-fiction books, such as biography, science, math, geography, dinosaurs, and even jokes & riddles. He is published by Simon & Schuster, Capstone, Picture Window and many others, along with Cricket Magazine. His website is: Free books with author signing, along with free gifts and a drawing! Also, CPDUs available- provider #102634; category #13628.
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry
RSVP: By March 14 to 847-726-9930
Note: Nominations for all open 2006-2007 officer positions are due.

APRIL, 2006
Date and Time: Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 - 11:30am
Place: Kendall College Culinary Institute, 900 N. Branch St., Chicago (located just north of W. Chicago Ave. and Halsted St.) with FREE parking. The Institute has an international reputation for gourmet excellence.
Hosts: Sally deVincentis of APTE Inc. (Curious Minds Click!); phone: 847-866-1872 or e-mail: plus Arlene Steele of Tom Synder Productions (A Scholastic Company); phone: 847-398-6884 or e-mail:
Program: A "Breakfast Bonanza"-- we will meet in the Tullman Family Art Gallery, surrounded by beautiful works of art and gourmet treats of breakfast creations. Every attending CTLA member will receive a shopping bag of gifts. There will also be a raffle for digital cameras and software gifts.
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry
RSVP: By April 12 to Arlene; phone: 847-398-6884 or e-mail:
Note: Elections for all open 2006-2007 officer positions.

JUNE, 2006
Date and Time: FINAL PLANS: Saturday, June 3 from 11am - 2pm
Place: Tasty Buffet, 3556 E. 118th St., Chicago (phone: 773-646-3838) The restaurant is in the mall at Ave. O and 118th St. CTA Route 30 stops in front of the restaurant.
Program: May is our annual year-end luncheon and retirement celebration. As of May 22, we are aware of six retirees: Marge Fashing, Jean A. Halsey, Mary Susan Loftus, Shirley J. Silverman, Nancy Skiersch, and Mary Anne Zielinski. (Any additional member retirees should contact Irish Bain immediately.) An invitation was sent to all current members in mid-May. The fee is just $10 for a complete menu, including a salad bar with fresh seafood, made-to-order sushi, made-to-order stirfry, grilled steak or ribs, a desert bar, a soup bar, an entree bar (including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian offerings), and a selection of soft drinks/tea/coffee. Paul Whitsitt, Dept. of Lib. Director, will summarize Dept. events and programs concluding a great year.
RSVP: RSVP as soon as possible to Irish Bain, our incoming President, at or 773-230-8653. Simply bring the $10 with you to the restaurant! Please be considerate and contact Irish if you must cancel your attendance!
Note: We will honor all member retirees as complimentary guests and we will name our new officers!

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