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Our complete 2007-2008 is being finalized by our President Mary Hebda– additional info. will be added immediately. 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 29 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, John Vana, David Sherman and Mark Sherman of Rainbow Book Company: phone: 847-581-0067 or e-mail: ~ Rainbow Books is a CPS approved strategic source vendor. They represent 50 plus publishers with a full range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including Spanish and bi-lingual titles. Books on display will be 2008 copyrights from Lerner, 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, Bellwether, Morgan Reynolds, Power Kids, Spotlight, Mason Crest, and many more.
Program: Full breakfast will be served along with a special author guest speaker, Jamie Gilson. Jamie is the author of nineteen humorous novels for children. Her first, Harvey the Beer Can King, was published in 1978. Other titles include Do Bananas Chew Gum?; Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub; 4-B Goes Wild; Hello, My Name is Scrambled Eggs; and It Goes Eeeeeeeeeeeee!. Her most recent, Gotcha!, a story about second graders, spiders, storms and swinging vines, was published in 2006. Her next, Chess! I Love It I Love it I Love it!, about those same second graders, is scheduled for Spring 2008 from Clarion. For Jamie's presentation, she will discuss the formation of this latest book! She has received the Carl Sandburg Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award, and seven state child-voted awards from Florida to the Pacific Northwest. In 2005 she won the Illinois Reading Council’s first Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children.
CPDU credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP: By September 26, please! Contact Harriet at: (847) 726-9930 or
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: Saturday, October 13 from 9:30-11:30am
Place: Parrot Cage Restaurant in the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr., Chicago– there is plenty of free on-site parking: enter from 71st St. and S. Shore Drive.
Host: Turk Glazebrook ( or phone 773-525-6122) and Ione Graves ( or phone 773-548-3446) of Perma-Bound Books:
Program: Join us as we blend cooking and books special appearance by “The Spatulatta Sisters”, authors of the Spatulatta Cookbook. Check out their website at: Perma-Bound Books is an approved CPS strategic source vendor (#13125) 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: MEETING FULL! RSVP REQUIRED as The Parrot Cage capacity is limited to 50 diners! The first 50 people to RSVP were assigned a reservation number. Call or email your reservation to 773-548-3446 or Please provide either your phone # or email address. We will confirm your reservation with an assigned number within 24 hours. Unfortunately, no one can be seated without a confirmed reservation number.
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: WEDNESDAY, November 14 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Reception starts at 4:30 and 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 and Jo Ann Flournoy, Direct Publishers’ Representative for Capstone Press, Picture Window Books, Compass Point Books, Stone Arch Books, Children's Library Resources, Rosen Publishing, and Powerkids Press. They are an approved CPS strategic source 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: Another fabulous meeting has been planned with a Chicago Sports theme!
RSVP: Mailing arrived by October 31. Please notify Kori by November 10 if you will attend using contacts above. Memberships will be accepted at the meeting.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time: Saturday, December 15 from 9:00am-12:00noon.
Place: Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC at 625 S. Ashland Ave. (at corner of Harrison St.) in the lower level -- Parking in hotel lot (behind hotel with entrance on Ashland) with flat rate of $5.
Host: Maureen Arthur and Gerry Torrence of Heinemann Raintree at 630-378-5265 or fax 630-378-9970 or e-mail:
Program: A delicious breakfast, plus a new books presentation, gift drawings, and holiday cheer!
RSVP: Please contact Maureen by December 13 at contacts above.
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 19 from 11:30am to 2:00pm for a luncheon!
Place: Maggiano’s *Little Italy* Restaurant – 111 W. Grand Ave. (Grand and Clark) in the Amarone Room on the 1st floor
Host: Children's Plus is now an approved CPS vendor at represented by Dan Walsh, owner, 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 a special keynote presentation by Lester Laminack, a full-time writer (both children's and textbook) and consultant working with schools throughout the USA, is Professor Emeritus with Department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Lester has written numerous books (see his website for all titles)... children's books such as: Snow Day!, Jake's 100th Day of School, and Saturdays and Teacakes, and textbooks such as: Spelling In Use, Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature, and Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the Year.
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 2008 titles! For a grand finale, Lester will autograph two of his books from Peachtree Publishers for each attendee!
RSVP: Please reply to Emily Smulin by January 15 at or call 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax)
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 16 from 9am to 12 noon
Place: FINAL UPDATE: Dominguez School at 3000 S. Lawndale (3700 W. 30th St.). Dominguez has NO parking lot, however, you may park in adjacent Gary School's lot (30th and Hamlin (3800 W.)) and then walk all the way across the playground-- there is also street parking.
Host: CTLA and Mary Hebda, Teacher-Librarian at Dominguez School (and our President!)
Program: A full and delicious Mexican breakfast from local Little Village caterer! Presentation on the new by-laws. Presentation and Q & A on pursuing National Board Certification by two teacher-librarians who have gone through the process (and lived to tell). Presentation by Christie Thomas (CPS consultant for Library Automation) about the city-wide, five-year project to automate all libraries with Spectrum with pilot program of 30 schools scheduled this year including both existing automated and non-automated schools.
RSVP: Contact Mary Hebda at 708-220-8755 or by February 9.
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, 2008
Date and Time: Saturday, March 1 from 9:00am to 12 noon
Place: UIC Student Union (Student Center East, which is the high rise building): 750 S. Halsted, Room 302 (Parking in ramp across street-- state you are a teacher at a teacher meeting for possible discount.)
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, Andy Larson (x3765 or, and Melissa Smith (x3810 or Their general CPS service number is x1164 with a Library Service Consultant staffed 7am to 5pm.
Program: Follett is CPS approved strategic source vendor. Learn about how they can best serve your library needs with a great presentation of popular book titles. Follett's entire Illinois Textbook Loan Program (ITLP) catalog list is on Titlewave for easy search on any specific subject area, plus there are CPS Dept. of Libraries' lists, such as Best of the Best, Recommended Purchasing, and Recommended Reading, which are perfect for your Matching Grant or Library Card Campaign funds. In addition, Follett has Playaways (pictured left) that Oprah reviewed as: "Listen to this genius idea: self-playing digital audiobooks—smaller than a deck of cards [weigh 2 ounces]—that come with earphones." Come for a full delicious breakfast and fun-- every attendee will receive a new book.
RSVP: Please reply to Andy Larson by Feb. 28 at 888-511-5114 x3765 or

APRIL, 2008 (Final Announcement)
Date and Time: Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 to 11:30am
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: Viki Noe Chikow of Usborne Books at or 773-588-0154 and Jean Velvikis, President, Across the Globe Learning Resources at or 773-503-0376.
Program: This breakfast meeting is a two-fer! Two reps! Two companies! Too much fun!...
EDC Educational Services/Usborne Books has over 1,200 titles to delight children PK-8, in fiction and nonfiction. See our fabulous new titles for Spring, 2008, and maybe win some to take home. Learn about how our wildly successful matching grant program is helping librarians get free books, as well as our book fairs and teacher in-service presentations.
Across the Globe Learning Resources offers over 1500 dual language books printed in both English and any one of 47 world languages. Our books, software, games and posters foster creativity and imagination for any child and family. Every delightful product can be used by students learning English for the first time and English-speakers studying an additional language or new cultures. The skillfully written and beautifully illustrated books tell fables, folk tales and contemporary stories originating in such places as India, Africa, Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean. Our books will also help your library be compliant if you're being audited by the Department of Justice/Office of Civil Rights.
RSVP: Space is limited; RSVP is required! Contact Viki by April 2 at 773-588-0154 or
Note: We will vote to amend our Constitution/By-Laws. Nominations for all open 2008-2009 officer positions are due.

MAY, 2008
Date and Time: Saturday, May 17 from 9 to 11am for a full selection brunch
Place: Old Country Buffet, 6560 W. Fullerton Ave. (near The Brickyard Mall)
Host: None
Program: May is our annual year-end luncheon (brunch) and retirement celebration. Each attendee is expected to directly pay the Old Country Buffet cashier $9.06 on arrival. As of May 7, Patricia Dempsey will be our only retiree to recognize. Please contact Annie (see below) with any additional retirees (who are members).
RSVP: Please respond to Annie Culverson by Wednesday, May 14 at or 708-345-3110 x204
Note: We will honor all 2008 member retirees as complimentary guests, plus hold elections for all open 2008-2009 officer positions.

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