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Our 2009-2010 schedule was finalized by our President Tatiana Richardson. Mailings were 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 26 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: Mark Sherman, David Sherman, Mickey Simmons, and Larry Klaber of Rainbow Book Company: phone: 847-581-0067 or e-mail: ~ Rainbow Books is a CPS approved strategic source vendor. They represent 100+ publishers with a full range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including Spanish and bi-lingual titles. Books on display will be 2010 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 presentation by guest author Marlene Targ Brill. Marlene has published 67 books in non-fiction and historical fiction for ages pre-school to adult. Her most recent book is: Barack Obama: President for a New Era (2009, Revised Ed.) from Lerner Publications. Marlene lives in Wilmette and grew up in Chicago. On her website, she says: "I like to write. And I love sharing information about what it's like to be an author. Sure I visit with thousands of readers at schools, libraries, and conferences. But I wanted to reach more of you. That's why I, and my talented web master, created this web site." So, read about Marlene on her website! 3 CPDUs credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP: By September 23, please! Contact Kit at: (847) 726-9930 or
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: Saturday, October 24 from 9:00am to 12 noon
Place: UIC Student Union (Student Center East, which is the high rise building): 750 S. Halsted, Room 605. Parking available in lot across street (SE corner of Halsted and Polk)-- 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. We will also review the most updated version of Titlewave, Follett's full service collection development on-line tool. Titlewave keeps improving since it was first released 12 years ago. Titlewave includes all 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." Audiobooks (or "eBooks") are also available as MP3 files on CD. Come for a full delicious breakfast and fun-- every attendee will receive a new book. 2 CPDUs credd will be available.
RSVP: Please reply to Jeff at 888-511-5114 x3741 or by Monday, October 19.
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: THURSDAY, November 19 (corrected date) from 4:00-7:00p.m. (Reception from 4:00 to 5:00 with Dinner starting 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, Perfection Learning, 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: Think Green! The meeting theme is to save the earth and to save some money! Another fabulous dinner meeting has been planned! Books for everyone plus a great raffle!
RSVP: Mailing will arrive in early November. Please notify Kori by November 17 if you will attend (see contacts above). Renewal memberships will be accepted at the meeting.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time: Saturday, December 12 from 9:00am to noon
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 10.
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 23 from 11:30am to 2:00pm
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 Kevin Walsh (, President, or Daniel Walsh (, Distribution Center Manager, at 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax), and by Don Hull, regional manager for Chicago, at 847-566-0864 (office) or 847-830-4800 (cell) or
Program: Paul Langan will be the keynote speaker. Paul has served as both editor of the Bluford High series and author or coauthor of five of the ten novels, including: The Bully, The Gun, Summer of Secrets, Brothers in Arms, and Blood Is Thicker. His stories reflect personal experiences, including the difficulties of growing up without a father and the many challenges students face in school. Paul has a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in 1972 in Philadelphia and lives there now.
     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 2010 titles! Children's Press offers free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: Please reply by January 19 to Kristen Kozy at 800-230-1279 (phone) or 800-896-7213 (fax) or
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities

Date and Time: Saturday, February 20 from 9am to 11:30
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
Program: A continental buffet breakfast will be provided. Meet Department of Library and Information Services' new director Jeremy Dunn and share his plans for CPS progress and services. Jeremy started on November 23 and replaces Paul Whitsitt, who stepped up to be the Director of the Office of Reading and Language Arts within the Office of Teaching and Learning. See the latest collection of the Professional Library... browse the collection on-line.
RSVP: No RSVP required– please come!
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History, plus the Olympics and ISATs.
Note: February is also our annual Penny Auction Month led by Marge Fashing and June Andalcio in honor of Lincoln and his birthday. The Penny Auction is our librarian version of a 'Swap-o-Rama' or ‘Rummage Sale’. You are asked to donate any unwanted "treasures" for raffle... and then seek out new "treasures" for pennies! Bring your coins (1 chance per penny) or bills (100 chances per dollar), etc.!  You will register with a number, buy tickets that you write your number on, and then place your tickets at items to win!  Tickets will be pulled starting at 11:00. The raffle earnings will be raffled off to an attendee (everyone gets one free chance)! Please look around for a few items on a shelf or in a drawer to bring in and pass on!  Everyone can leave a winner!

MARCH, 2010
Date and Time: Saturday, March 13 from 9am 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: CTLA and Irish Leo-Bain, Crane Media Specialist and CTLA member
Program: Back by popular demand from last year, Irish will present about MUVE (Multiple User Viritual Environment) and our Department of Libraries' 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. Irish just presented at ICE’s (Illinois Computing Educators) Annual Conference, and she is an expert user/resident.  In addition, Irish will give a tour of her library and discuss her programs and services along with prerequisite library skills from elementary school for high school readiness and success.  A catered breakfast will be provided!
RSVP: No RSVP required– please come!
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!

APRIL, 2010
Date and Time: Saturday, April 24 from 9 to 11:30am
Place: Scammon Elementary School, 4201 West Henderson St. (3350 N.) with school parking lot entrance south of building on School St.– School St. is one-way westbound and Keeler St. (street east of building) is one-way northbound. Carmita Ortiz is a CTLA member and their teacher-librarian, plus Edie Sokolnicki is our Treasurer and one of their sp. ed. teachers.
Host: Viki Noe Chikow of Usborne Books at or 773-588-0154
Program: Viki will provide a lovely continental breakfast from Ann Sather’s and share great news on the improved and expanded selection and services from EDC Educational Services (Usborne Books and Kane-Miller), CPS Vendor #32322. Find out about "Conspiracy 365" - our new, incredible 12-book series that has been described as a teenage version of "24"! Learn more about our sole sourcing, "Literacy for a Lifetime" matching grant program, book fairs, reading incentive programs. Viki will also give you some great ideas for promoting your library - and its critical importance - to your administrators, parents and the community.
RSVP: Please reply by April 21 at, so we have enough food and EDC goodies for everyone! Members are always free; guests must be approved or asked to pay.
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, 2010
Date and Time: Saturday, May 22 from 11am to 1pm
Place: 56 East Sports Cafe, 56 E. Pershing Road with free parking lot off Wabash or on the street
Host: CTLA
Program: A festive luncheon is planned with main entrees of jerk chicken and turkey lasagna, plus side dishes and soft drinks. We will honor 2010 retirees Joan Gerig, Delzola Kyle, Gail Johnson, Janice Ransom, and Merril Stegall (as of 5/10/10)!
RSVP: No RSVP required. CTLA has reservations for a minimum of 50 guests. All guests, except retirees, are asked to pay $10 at the door. Please contact Carolyn Brna at with any questions.
Note: We will honor all 2010 member retirees as complimentary guests, plus hold elections for all open 2010-2011 officer positions.

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