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Our 2008-2009 is being finalized by our President Annie Culverson. 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 "Good News" ideas on the designated topic. Bring your ideas and hand-outs!

Date and Time: Saturday, September 27 from 9:00am-12:00noon
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, Howard Tutt, 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+ publishers with a full range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including Spanish and bi-lingual titles. Books on display will be 2009 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 guest author/illustrator Bob Raczka (aka "ArtDad"). Bob has five book published through Lerner Publishers: 1. Name That Style; 2. The Art of Freedom; 3. 3-D ABC a Sculptural Alphabet; 4. Artful Reading; and 5. Where in the World. Bob lives in Glen Ellyn and grew up in Chicago. He attended U. of I. in Champaign-Urbana and majored in art. Read about Bob on his website!
CPDU credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP: By September 24, please! Contact Kit at: (847) 726-9930 or
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: Saturday, October 25 from 9:00am - 11:30am
Place: Medill Professional Development and Training Center, Department of Libraries Room 218 (newly renovated), 1326 W. 14th Place
Host: Turk Glazebrook ( or phone 773-525-6122 or cell 312-965-0566) and Ione Graves ( or phone 773-548-3446 ext. 1) of Perma-Bound Books: and their new dedicated CPS/Perma-Bound site!
Program: Special Guest Reader: W. Nikola-Lisa, author of Shake Dem Halloween Bones, plus a tour of the newly renovated Professional Library by Lisa Perez, Professional Librarian and Area Libarian. Perma-Bound Books is an approved CPS strategic source vendor (#13125) and will provide full details for convenient and helpful ordering. Perma-Bound is now a punchout vendor.  Now those lists of books you’ve created on the Perma-Bound website can be moved to the school clerk with the click of your mouse. The custom CPS/Perma-Bound site offers iCatalog with a selection of titles (40,000+) that reflects the terms and discount per the CPS contract.  All CPS employees must register on this site and identify their school for shipping and billing purposes, and then you will be taken to "My Account Page". Turk and Ione will review all the details about the new website!
RSVP: Please reply to Ione at the contact above by Wednesday, October 22 to order enough food.
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: WEDNESDAY, November 19 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Reception starts at 4:30 and Dinner starts at 5:30)
Place: Connie's Italian Restaurant- 2373 S. Archer in Chicago (click here for map and photo). Just 3 blocks east of Halsted between Halsted and Canal. Free and Easy parking.
Host: Kori Kubitz and Jo Ann Flournoy, Direct Publishers’ Representative for Capstone Press (including: Picture Window Books, Compass Point Books, Stone Arch Books, and Red Brick Learning), Children's Library Resources, Rosen Publishing (including PowerKids Press), The Child's World, Mason Crest, and Weigl Publishers. They are an approved CPS strategic source vendor (#25462) for Rosen and Capstone. 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 dinner meeting has been planned: "Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh, My!"– overcoming the fear of ordering direct! Books for everyone plus a great raffle!
RSVP: Mailing will arrive by Nov 5. Please notify Kori by November 17 if you will attend (see contacts above). Memberships will be accepted at the meeting.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time: Saturday, December 13 from 9:00am-12:00noon
Place: Pompei Restaurant, 1531 W. Taylor St. with free parking in rear (Note: street parking on Taylor is a kiosk pay meter system.)
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 reply to Maureen (at contact above) by December 11
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 31 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, Inc. is an approved CPS strategic source vendor at represented by Kevin Walsh, President, at 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax) or
Program: Doreen Rappaport will be the keynote speaker. As Doreen describes herself: "In 1965, I went to McComb, Mississippi, to teach at a freedom school. The experience changed my life. I met 'extraordinary ordinary' people– black Americans who had been deprived of rights that I took for granted, and who were threatened with death every day. Their courage inspired me. They were heroic. I knew there had to be many more 'unknown heroes,' people who helped change history. I set out to recover and write about this 'lost' history." Doreen has written 18 non-fiction books, including Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt set for February, 2009 release by Hyperion Books. When asked, "Did you ever write a book you weren’t proud of?", Doreen replies: "Never. And I don’t think that will happen, because I only chose to write about what I care about and that makes me work hard to make the book fly."
     The delicious family-style menu includes 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 autographed books and giveaways to demonstrate their quality construction and durability of books along with a preview of Spring 2009 titles! Children's Press offers free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: Please reply by January 26 to Emily Smulin at at 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax) or
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities.
Note: We will have a tribute and moment of silence for Maude Muhammad, our recording secretary and dear member who passed away December 26.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 to 11:30am
Place: Crane Tech Prep Common High School Main Library, 2245 W. Jackson Blvd. (Parking lot along Oakley Blvd– enter from Jackson). Enter school on east side of building designated "main entrance".
Host: Irish Leo-Bain, Crane Media Specialist and CTLA member
Program: Learn about MUVE (Multiple User Viritual Environment) and our Department's daily virtual presence and professional resources. SecondLife is the Internet's largest user-created, 3D virtual world community and can extend classrooms to a global audience. Also, we will identify elementary school to high school transitional library skills and readiness. A catered breakfast will be provided!
RSVP: No RSVP required– please come! If you have special needs, such as dietary restrictions or handicap accessibility, please e-mail Irish at before the meeting day.
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, 2009
Date and Time: Saturday, March 21 from 9:00am to 12 noon
Place: UIC Student Union (Student Center East, which is the high rise building): 750 S. Halsted, Room 302 (Cardinal Room) Parking available in ramp across street-- state you are a teacher at a teacher meeting for possible discount; otherwise, UIC area has Zone 5 parking.
Host: Follett Library Resources at 888-511-5114, represented by Chicago Area Managers: Wayne Schumann (x3605 or and David Brooks (x3741 or, and Chicago Account managers: Kira Prince (x3709 or, Jeff Wolfenden (x3741 or, Andy Larson (x3731 or, Derrek Lyons (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 a 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 ideal for your Matching Grant or Library Card Campaign funds. In addition, Follett has Playaways 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 Jeff at 888-511-5114 x3741 or by March 17 (corrected date).
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!

APRIL, 2009
Date and Time: Saturday, April 25 from 9:00am-11:30am
Place: Medill Professional Development and Training Center, Department of Libraries Room 218, 1326 W. 14th Place with free parking in adjoining lot (enter 14th Place).
Host: CTLA (revised)
Program: ***Idea Exchange*** We will discuss favorite library lessons, and useful resources, including the Department's new "Library Learning Standards", which are adapted from the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner, which are downloadable. This meeting will serve as a forum for exchanging ideas, comments, and concerns! A continental breakfast will be served.
RSVP: No RSVP required– please come!
Idea Exchange: Creative Ideas for Reading of Poetry and Asian-American Heritage Month
Note: Nominations for all open 2009-2010 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at our luncheon.

MAY, 2009
Date and Time: Saturday, May 30 from 9:30 to 11:00am
Place: Old Country Buffet, Lincolnwood Village Shopping Center, 6125 N. Lincoln Ave.
Host: CTLA
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.
RSVP: Please respond to Tatiana Richardson Novy by Wednesday, May 27 at
Note: We will honor all 2009 member retirees as complimentary guests, plus hold elections for all open 2009-2010 officer positions.

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