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Our 2010-2011 schedule is being arranged by our President Carolyn Brna. Mailings are sent to members before each meeting at their home address or e-mail 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 25 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 2011 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 children's/young adult/adult author Cynthea Liu. Based in Chicago with her husband and daughter, Cynthea has spoken to many schools in Illinois and across the country. She has also been a guest speaker for national and regional conferences, including the recent ALA Conference in Washington, D. C. She is the author of Paris Pan Takes the Dare (Putnam), The Great Call of China (Speak), and her ©2011 What I Didn't Tell You (Putnam). Cynthea has also authored Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course (Pivotal). Cynthea is the founder of, the largest collaboration of debut children’s and teen authors in the US, and the woman behind, a top ten Web site on the subject. 3 CPDUs credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP: By September 22, please! Contact Harriet by phone (847) 726-9930 or fax 847-726-9935 or e-mail
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: Saturday, October 23 from 9:00am to 12 noon
Place: NEW LOCATION: Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC at 625 S. Ashland Ave. (at corner of Harrison St.)-- reduced valet parking at CTLA group rate-- lot is south of Hotel on Ashland Ave.
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: Come for a full delicious breakfast and two guest speakers: Children's Author Claudia Guadalupe Martinez and Education Director of City Lit Theater Katy Nielsen! Guadalupe is from Chicago and the author of award-winning The Smell of Old Lady Perfume, and Katy is also from Chicago and serves a theater devoted to stage adaptations of literary material: "Over 26 seasons, City Lit has explored fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography, essays, and drama in performance, and presented a wide array of voices..." In addition, Katy recently directed and performed with her troupe at CPL branches plus suburban libraries for ALA's Banned Books Week. Two CPDUs credit will be available-- every attendee will receive a new book. 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 14 years ago. Titlewave includes all CPS Dept. of Libraries' lists, such as Best of the Best, Recommended Purchasing, and Recommended Reading. 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.
RSVP: Please reply to Jeff at 888-511-5114 x3741 or by Wednesday, October 20.
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: TUESDAY, November 16 from 4:30-7:00p.m. (Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 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), Rosen Publishing (including PowerKids Press), Children's Library Resources, Heinemann-Raintree, 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: Another fabulous dinner meeting has been planned with fun and games! Books for everyone plus a great raffle!
RSVP: Mailing will arrive in early November. Please notify Kori by November 12 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: NO MEETING
Place: TBA
Host: TBA
Program: TBA
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 29 from 10:00am 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 by 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 North, at 847-566-0864 (office) or 847-830-4800 (cell) or, and Maureen Arthur, regional manager for Chicago South at 630-677-5265 or
Program: Earl Sewell will be the keynote speaker. Earl writes for both adults and teens/young adults about relationships and coming of age. Earl was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Columbia College where he studied Creative Writing. Sewell has written a total of seventeen novels over the past eleven years. Before being an author, Earl had to work in Corporate America until he could get published. Earl has found success with his Kimani Tru series with five titles: Decision Time ©2007, If I Were Your Boyfriend ©2008, Keysha's Drama ©2009, Lessons Learned ©2010, and Myself and I ©2010.
     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 2011 titles! Children's Press offers free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: Please reply by January 21 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 26 from 9 to 11:00am
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 our Vice-President and their teacher-librarian, plus Edie Sokolnicki is our Treasurer and one of their sp. ed. teachers. Their principal attended our last meeting with them!
Host: CTLA and Scammon School – CTLA will only send out e-mail meeting notice invitations
Program: February is also our annual Penny Auction Month led by 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!  In addition, you can tour their library and gain insights into their operations, services, and curricula. A continental breakfast will be provided.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History, plus the ISATs.

MARCH, 2011
Date and Time: Saturday, March 19 from 9am to 12noon
Place: Nathan Davis Elementary School, 3014 W. 39th Place, near Sacramento. Go to the smaller building and the 2nd floor with elevator access. Natalie Zaccagnini is our Corresponding Secretary and their teacher-librarian. There is plenty of free parking in school lot– enter from Pershing Rd.
Host: Perma-Bound Books represented by Turk Glazebrook at (773) 525-6122 or and Ione Graves at (773) 548-3446 or and Baker & Taylor represented by Lois at 800-775-1800 or
Program: Our guest speaker will be local author and screenwriter Kat Falls whose book Dark Tide, a book for middle school students, was just released in 2011. Coming in August will be a sequel book Rip Tide. Kat lives in Evanston with her family and teaches at Northwestern University in writing; her husband has been the artistic director at Goodman Theater since 1986. Check out her Facebook page! Learn about all the latest and greatest news and products from both Perma-Bound Books and Baker & Taylor, which are both full service jobbers and approved CPS vendors. In addition, you can see their library and gain insights into their operations, services, and curricula. A full hot breakfast will be catered by a neighborhood Mexican restaurant.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!

APRIL, 2011
Date and Time: Saturday, April 30 from 9 to 11:00am
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: President Carolyn Brna has planned a meeting to get together and discuss CTLA. A continental breakfast will be provided. Irish will showcase her library and school services.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Note: Nominations for all open 2011-2012 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at our May luncheon.

MAY, 2011
Date and Time: Saturday, May 21 from 11am to 1:30pm
Place: Old Warsaw Buffet, 4750 N. Harlem Avenue, Harwood Heights 60706. (Spacious free parking lot can be accessed from Harlem Ave. or Lawrence Ave.)
Host: CTLA
Program: Annual Luncheon and Retirement Party. Buffet includes all the favorite polish dishes with over 70 homemade items with many made fresh daily. Cost is $13 for members or $16 for non-members. We will honor all 2011 member retirees as complimentary guests– please contact Carmita Ortiz, Vice-President, with names of retirees by e-mail at as soon as possible. We now have four retirees, including two officers: Edie and Natalie.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Carmita by May 17 by e-mail~ payment will be on the honor system at the door for all reservations.
Note: We will hold elections for all open 2011-2012 officer positions. Nominations are still welcome!

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