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Our 2011-2012 schedule is being arranged by our President Carmita Ortiz. 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, OCTOBER 1 from 10:00am-12:00noon
Place: CPS Department of Libraries and Information Services Offices, Elizabeth Training Facility, 320 N. Elizabeth, Rm 406-- free parking in CPS lot on the corner of Ada and Fulton, approximately one block south of ETF. The parking entrance and CPS sign are located on the south side of Fulton! The ETF Security desk phone number is 773-553-6656.
Host: CTLA and DLIS
Program: Come and visit the new DLIS offices in ETF and connect with their 2011-12 programs, resources, services, and staff! The main DLIS phone number remains 773-553-6210. There was no DLIS "Back-to-School Orientation Day" this year, so our CTLA meeting can serve as a basic alternate. Come out and support our Department and professional network of CPS librarians. We need to support each other and stay organized around our mission critical school roles! A continental breakfast will be served. 2 CPDUs credit will be available.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: No Meeting
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights.

Date and Time: TUESDAY, November 15 from 4:30-5:30pm for Social Hour and 5:30-7:30pm for Meeting
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: Please contact Kori at or 773-202-0955 by November 12.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time: Saturday, December 17 from 9:30 to 11:30am
Place: Little Village Branch of the Chicago Public Library in the Community Meeting Room, 2311 S. Kedzie Avenue, 60623 (312) 745-1862.
Host: Mark Sherman, David Sherman, Mickey Simmons, and Tim Carlmark 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 2012 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 continental breakfast will be served along with a special author Sean F. Callahan! Sean has written five books for children: The Bear Hug, The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow, Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun, A Wild Father's Day and A is for Ara. He works a day job as a business reporter for Crain Communications Inc. He also was the founding editor of Masters Athlete magazine. Before that he was a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His freelance journalism has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine,, and Notre Dame Magazine. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. 2 CPDUs credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP:By December 13 or ASAP, please contact Harriet by phone (800) 255-0965 or e-mail
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 28 from 11am to 4pm (when banquet room closes)
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 (, Chief Operating Officer, 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: Guest author Paul Griffin! Paul began writing his first novel as he finished college, in 1988. That novel and many others went unpublished. Paul started working with at-risk, incarcerated and special needs teens in 1989, with a concentration in conflict resolution workshops aimed at stemming the spread of violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among young adults. These days his workshops focus on helping young men and women tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers. Twenty years to the day after Paul graduated Dartmouth, Penguin/Dial released his “first” (twenty-fourth) novel Ten Mile River and then The Orange Houses a year later. Dial is publishing a third novel, Stay With Me, in the fall of 2011, a fourth, Burning Blue, a mystery, in 2012 and a fifth, tentatively a sci-fi romance, in 2013. Paul lives in Washington Heights, NYC with three dogs and one wife, documentary moviemaker Risa Morimoto. Check out his website for more details.
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 2012 titles! Children's Press offers free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: Look for a postal mailing the week of January 2 sent to all members' home addresses. Please reply by January 20 to Kristen Kozy at 800-230-1279 (phone) or 800-896-7213 (fax) or
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities

***SPECIAL CALL MEETING: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 4pm at Connie's Restaurant, 2373 S. Archer to discuss CPS librarian issues***

Date and Time: Saturday, February 18 from 9am to 11:30am (moved from Feb. 25 due to a HSLMA morning meeting at Sullivan High School)
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". Irish Leo-Bain is Crane's Media Specialist, CTLA member and a Past CTLA President.
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. Follett is a CPS approved strategic source vendor.
Program: Panera Bread will cater a continental breakfast. Andy Larson will be the guest speaker as a literature specialist and motivational speaker! Learn about how Follett can best serve your library needs. 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 "treasures" 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 Crane's library and gain insights into Irish's operations, services, and resources. Irish will give each attendee a new sports book.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History, plus the ISATs.

MARCH, 2012
Date and Time: Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 9am to 11am
Place: Nathaniel Greene Elementary School, 3525 S. Honore St.
Host: Marie Szyman, CTLA Member and Greene School teacher-librarian and by Mackin Educational Resources.
Program: Come and learn about this exciting new libary services vendor: Mackin Educational Resources!, represented by Matt Faber, Illinois State Sales Consultant at with cell: 715.937.3723. Mackin was recently approved as an approved CPS vendor. Mackin is a national company based in Minnesota and has been around for over 26 years with the "world's largest" Pre-K-12th grade classroom and library selection. Tour the Greene School library and gain insights into Marie's curriculum, services, and resources. A continental breakfast will be served with local, neighborhood favorites.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!

APRIL, 2012
Date and Time: Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9am to 11:30am
Place: Burroughs Elementary School, 3542 S. Washtenaw Ave. with parking off of 35th Place (two-way street) west of building
Host: Leslie Westerberg, CTLA Member and Baker & Taylor represented by Terry Shulman, Educational Consultant for Triumph Learning/Baker & Taylor with cell: 773-960-2024 and e-mail:
Program: Learn about long-time library services company Baker & Taylor and all of their full service options. Baker & Taylor is an approved CPS vendor and fully automated on Oracle for purchasing. Sara Shacter, author of Heading to the Wedding, will be there with free copies of her books provided by Baker & Taylor plus give a presention on how to get authors/illustrators to visit their schools and how to prepare for those visits. Tour the Burroughs School library and gain insights into Leslie's curriculum, services, and resources at an award-winning school. A continental breakfast will be catered by Corner Bakery for all to enjoy.
RSVP: No RSVP needed– please come as you can!
Note: Nominations for all open 2012-2013 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at our May luncheon.

MAY, 2012
Date and Time: Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 4:00-5:00pm (Cash Bar Social Hour) and 5:00-7:30pm Family Style Dinner and Program
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: CTLA
Program: Annual Luncheon and Retirement Party. Cost is $15 for CTLA Members and $28.30 for Non-Members; Complimentary admission for all 2012 CTLA Member Retirees. All new retirees should contact June Andalcio at or 773-534-8470 ext. 5 by May 15 to be recognized. We especially hope to see all of our retired members to help cheer the new retirees on to their next life path. Special door prizes will be awarded!
RSVP: Please contact June Andalcio at or 773-534-8470 ext. 5 by May 22 for reservation.
Note: We will hold elections for all open 2012-2013 officer positions. Nominations are still welcome!

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