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Our complete 2006-2007 was finalized by our President Irish Bain. 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 30th from 9:00-12:00am
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: Mickey Simmons, Tim Carlmark, David Sherman and Mark Sherman of Rainbow Book Company: phone: 847-581-0067 or e-mail: ~ Rainbow Books is now a CPS approved strategic source vendor. They represent 40 plus publishers with a full range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including Spanish and bi-lingual titles. Books on display will be 2007 copyrights from Lerner, Scholastic, Candlewick, Random House, Crabtree, Harper Collins, Rourke, ABDO, Spotlight, Capstone, Picture Window, Compass Point, Stone Arch, Gareth Stevens, Rosen, Power Kids, Little Brown, Enslow, Child's World, Mason Crest and many more.
Program: Full breakfast will be served along with a special guest speaker: author and literature specialist Sally M. Walker, who appears courtesy of Lerner Books. Recently, Ms. Walker was given the prestigious Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for her title, "Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley." Ms. Walker is from Dekalb and taught at Northern IL University. She has also authored "The 18 Penny Goose", "Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly", and many science books. CPDU credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP: By September 27, please! Contact Harriet at: (847) 726-9930 or
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: Saturday, October 14th from 9:00-12:00 noon
Place: UIC Student Union (Student Center East): 750 S. Halsted, Cardinal Room 329 (Parking in ramp across street for reduced price with teacher ID-- otherwise, the cost is $12.)
Host: Follett Library Resources at 888-511-5114, represented by Chicago Area Manager: Wayne Schumann (x3605 or, and Chicago Account managers: Steve Jarrell (x3709 or, David Brooks (x3741 or, Brooke Venegas (x3731 or, Andy Larson (x3765 or, and Melissa Smith (x3810 or
Program: Follett is now a CPS approved strategic source vendor. Learn about how they can best serve your library needs with great Titlewave on-line tools. Also, full buffet breakfast and great fun.
RSVP: Please phone or e-mail Brooke Venegas by Thursday, October 12 at 888-511-5114 x3731 or
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: WEDNESDAY, November 15 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. (Cocktails start at 5:00 and Dinner starts at 6:00)
Place: Carnivale: 702 W. Fulton Market St., 2nd floor "Samba Room" – free valet parking! Carnivale is just east of the Kennedy Expressway.
Host: Kori Kubitz and Jo Ann Flournoy, Direct Publishers’ Representative for Capstone Press, Picture Window Books, Compass Point Books, Stone Arch Books. Rosen Publishing, and Powerkids Press. They are now approved vendors (CPS vendor #25462). You may reach Kori at: ph.: 773-202-0955; fax: 773-202-1559; e-mail:; website:; address: 3725 N. Kenneth, Chicago, IL 60641. You may reach Jo Ann at: ph.: 708-534-7403 or e-mail: – they will have plenty of all new books on display. Please contact them for catalogs or any helpful info.
Program: Join us for a fabulous evening where we'll experience Latino flavors and explore the dishes of Cuba, Brazil, and Spain, while learning about a terrific selection of quality children's books for your library con mucho gusto! Special guests Dr. Gail Bush and Dr. Junko Yokota are co-directors of National-Louis University's new Center for Teaching through Children's Books at their North Shore campus, and they will highlight the mission and programs of the Center. For general information, please see National-Louis' Reading Center webpage.
RSVP: Please reply to Kori by November 12 through any of her contacts above.

Date and Time: Saturday, December 2 from 10:00am - 12:30pm
Place: Parthenon Restaurant, 314 S. Halsted in Greek Town – Free Valet Parking!
Host: Turk Glazebrook ( or phone 773-525-6122) and Ione Graves ( or phone 773-548-3446) of Perma-Bound Books:
Program: Celebrate the 50th year of Cat in the Hat with goody bags and great prizes, plus enjoy a family style meal with greek favorites served at 11:00 after the our general meeting. Perma-Bound Books is now an approved CPS vendor and will provide full details for convenient and helpful ordering. Their new "5 Minutes for 5 Books" promotion asks you to give them five minutes of your time and they will thank you with five books of your choice!
RSVP: Please reply to Turk by November 27 (extended from the 24th) by e-mail or phone listed above. When you leave your message, plus also leave your phone number and e-mail address.
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 27 from 11:30am - 2:00pm for a luncheon!
Place: Maggiano’s *Little Italy* Restaurant – 111 W. Grand Ave. (Grand and Clark)
Host: Children's Plus is now an approved CPS vendor 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 2007 titles!
Plus a special keynote presentation by Jacqueline Woodson! Ms. Woodson is the well known author of over 20 children's books, such as "Show Way", "Coming On Home Soon", "Hush", "Miracle's Boys", "Behind You", "Locomotion", "If You Come Softly", and "The Other Side". She has been honored with almost every major book award-- see her website. She will also be discussing her new book "Feathers", coming out this spring. After his presentation, Ms. Woodson will personalize complimentary copies of one of her books for all attendees!
RSVP: Please reply by January 19 with your name and school or office name to: Carolyn Gray at, 800-230-1279 (voice), or 800-896-7213 (fax).
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 24 from 9:30am to 12noon
Place: Lozano Branch Library, 1805 S. Loomis (corner of Loomis/18th/Blue Island)-- there is free street parking or else meter street parking.
Host: CTLA and Scholastic Library Publishing
Program: Refreshments will be potluck... please bring a breakfast snack to share.  Think small. We officially can’t bring food, but they’re quietly looking the other way. Half a dozen muffins, a saucer of melon slices, perhaps a few wayward Valentine chocolates…tuck one of those under your arm as you come join us in the Auditorium.  Coffee and tableware will be provided.
     This meeting will be a strategic planning meeting on the best future role for CTLA. We want to best serve all members, plus appreciate our vendors and sponsors. We plan to revisit our mission, purpose, and By-Laws. Please take the time to view and copy these (if possible) from our website.  (The mission and purpose are below the CTLA logo above, and the By-Laws have their own link button above.) We will reevaluate our membership categories (ie. teacher-librarians, classroom and resource teachers, administrators, library science students, retirees, and vendors) to best focus on supporting libraries, student literacy, and professional growth. 2 CPDU credits will be available.
     Dan Dunham (voice mail: 800-825-4579 #4840) from Scholastic called in just before deadline with a special request.  They just finalized their contract with CPS as an approved vendor (emphasizing reference materials)!  Dan will raffle off a couple items! He will have a brief presentation before we begin charter discussions.
    Margo Tomaras of DePaul has asked to give a Library of Congress presentation. They're offering a 9 hour workshop.  Participants receive a free flash drive plus a laptop (upon acceptance into their Ambassador program requiring 18 hours). Time is tight this month, so we’re looking into perhaps moving this to March, but the possibility is that she will present after our auction.  Interested persons should plan on staying late.
RSVP: 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, 2007
Date and Time: Saturday, March 24 from 8:30am to 11:00am
Place: Maggiano’s *Little Italy* Restaurant in the Amarone Room – please enter 111 W. Grand Ave. (Parking is on the street or nearby lots – CTA buses and trains are easily accessible.)
Host: Viki Noe Chikow of Usborne Books (EDC Educational Services) – Viki ( or 773-588-0154) markets the entire Usborne line of over 1,300 titles through direct sales, home shows, book fairs, fund raisers, grants, and school and library sales. Check her website for special offers and Internet-only specials!
Program: A delicious Corner Bakery breakfast. In addition to showing new titles and explaining their Book Fair program, Viki is excited to be sharing details on Usborne's successful new matching grant program: "Literacy for a Lifetime". This program is available to schools, plus any nonprofit organization... you get an extra 50% in free books when you spend grant money.  She will also emphasize how Usborne's Internet-linked books are helping schools and parents keep kids safe on-line. Meeting is free to members, but $15 for non-members.
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry
RSVP: Seating is limited!  Meeting is free to members, but $15 for non-members. RSVP to Viki at or 773-588-0154 by March 20 to guarantee seating (and breakfast)!
Note: Nominations for all open 2007-2008 officer positions are due.

APRIL, 2007
Date and Time: Friday, April 13 from 6pm - 9:00pm
Place: DoubleTree (Hilton) Resort at 1909 Spring Road in Oak Brook (northeast corner of Oak Brook Mall across street-- click here for map) If you need a ride or can drive others, please contact:
Hosts: Trina Martinez and Deborah Greene (817-528-5667 or of Santillana USA. Trini is National Marketing Manager of Children's Literature/Grants Division. Santillana is now a CPS approved strategic source vendor. Grupo Santillana is the largest educational publisher in Spanish and collaborates to offer the very best culture and creativity from the Hispanic world. Their international presence has strengthened their expertise and dedication to second language education.
Program: Full restaurant dinner along with featured speakers Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. Each are renowned bilingual children's authors of over 100 books. Dr. Ada was born in Cuba and teaches at the University of San Francisco specializing in multicultural and bilingual education. Ms. Campoy was born in Spain and is a poet, playwright, songwriter, storyteller, and scholar devoted to the study of language acquisition. Both live in San Francisco.
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry
RSVP: Monday, April 9 by noon to Trina Martinez at (preferred contact) or else: 817-528-5667 (cell); 866-538-4739 (toll-free office); 708-352-9817 (fax)
Note: Elections for all open 2007-2008 officer positions.

MAY, 2007
Date and Time: Saturday, May 19 from 11:30am - 2:30pm
Place: Marcello's (A Father & Son Restaurant) at 645 North Ave., Chicago. Free valet parking or else self parking in their lot. Please enter door under blue awning.
Host: CTLA and Dan Dunham (voice mail: 800-825-4579 #4840) from Scholastic Library Publishing (We thank Scholastic for assisting with two meetings this year.)
Program: May is our annual year-end luncheon and retirement celebration. We will have a family style luncheon. They now have an official contract with CPS as an approved vendor (emphasizing reference materials)! Dan will give us information about their product line and a presentation about Grolier Online and their current free CPS-wide subscription. Our eight listed member retirees are:

If this list is incomplete, please immediately contact our Vice-President Mary Hebda at 773-534-1600 (school) or 219-558-2964 (home), so we may honor everyone!
RSVP: The luncheon will cost $15 per member. Please send check by May 14 (payable to CTLA) to Mary Hebda at Ortiz de Dominguez School, GSR 37 or 8506 Primrose Drive, Saint John, IN 46373. If you have a problem getting your payment to Mary, you may contact her at 773-534-1600 (school) or 219-558-2964 (home).
Note: We will honor all 2007 member retirees as complimentary guests and we will name our new officers.

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