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Our 2012-2013 schedule is being arranged by our President June Andalcio. 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!

OCTOBER, 2012 (No September meeting due to seven-day strike)
CTLA 2012 September MeetingDate and Time: POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 (DUE TO STRIKE) from 5:00pm - 5:30pm for Social Gathering and 5:30pm-7:30pm for Dinner Event
Place: UIC Student Center West (NOT East) at 828 S. Wolcott Ave, 2nd Floor. Use Wood Street Parking Garage at 1100 S. Wood St. (corner of Wood St. and Fillmore St.) for pre-paid free parking. Wood St. is 1800 West and a two-way street accessible from Roosevelt Rd. or Taylor St. Please note that you will then need to walk about one-third mile northwest to 828 S. Wolcott Ave. (1900 West).
Host: Mackin Educational Resources, represented by Steve Jarrell, their very own Chicago Area Sales Consultant at with cell: 312-507-1941 or office toll-free: 800-245-9540. Mackin was recently approved as an approved CPS vendor and hosted our March meeting last school year with Ryan Thomas, National Sales Director, making a special trip to Chicago to join us! 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. Their website is state-of-the-art with many premium value-added features, including their "BookTalk" special program allowing students to author and publish their own book reviews in print and video!
Program: A great social hour (soft drinks) to welcome back a new year and collaborate with new and old colleagues! Then we will be treated to a terrific dinner. with keynote children's author Candace Fleming! (Candice will NOT attend this rescheduled meeting.) However, Candace Fleming will provide each attendee with a signed copy of her recent book The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, which received a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2010 award! It is a sequel to The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, which won the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year 2008 award! Candace lives in Mount Prospect and has written 28 children's books (and counting) on history (including biographies), along with picture books and novels. She was won numerous awards and has had many best-sellers, as posted on the Illinois Center for the Book website! New and interested members are welcome with membership sign-up available, including renewals, for $10 a year thanks to very generous sponsors such as Mackin Educational Resources!
RSVP: Please reply by October 21 to June Andalcio at
Idea Exchange: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas & Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights

CTLA MeetingDate and Time:THURSDAY, November 15 from 5:00-5:30pm for Social Gathering (including cash bar) 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: Replies required by November 12 at midnight to Kori at: ph.: 773-202-0955 or e-mail:
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time: Saturday, December 15 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: 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 bi-lingual, Arabic bi-lingual, and Polish 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, Power Kids, Spotlight, Weigl Publishers, and many more. We now also have a large selection of interactive books and e-books!
Program: We will have a surprise author presenting her newest fiction book plus other surprises! Full continental breakfast will be served. 2 CPDUs credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing!
RSVP: By December 12 if possible, please contact Harriet by phone (800) 255-0965 or e-mail
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs
Note: CTLA expresses our sincere sympathy for the loss of Mark Sherman in March. Mark was Rainbow Books owner and founder, and he was beloved by CTLA as a gracious and generous host and sponsor of numerous CTLA meetings. He always emphasized superlative customer service with special treatment for his Chicago schools! He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed!

Meeting InvitationDate and Time: Saturday, January 19 from 11:00 to 2:00pm
Place: Dave & Buster's Restaurant and Arcade, 1030 N. Clark Street. For parking: a garage is right next door that is $6 with validation (credit/debit card only) or across the street at the BMW dealership that is $9 with validation (cash only).
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 John Madormo is a Chicago area screenwriter, author, and college professor (at North Central College), who has created a body of work that has attracted the attention of motion picture producers and publishers. John has sold a family comedy screenplay to a Los Angeles production company, signed a contract for a three-book deal with a major New York publisher, and was recently named the Grand Prize winner of a national writing competition. John has signed a contract for a three-book deal with Penguin Books for Young Readers. The middle-grade mystery series, "Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire" is a tale about a 12-year-old private detective, who sets up shop in his parents’ garage and solves cases for fellow sixth-grade classmates. The debut novel, "The Homemade Stuffing Caper," (hardcover) was released under the Philomel imprint on May 10, 2012. The Puffin paperback will be available on February 7, 2013. The sequel, "The Camp Phoenix Caper," will be released on February 21, 2013. And Book #3 in the series, "The Copy Cat Caper," will hit bookstore shelves in the fall of 2013.
Children's Plus is trying a new venue at Dave & Buster's, a national chain of a restaurant combined with an arcade! They serve fun American dishes plus have 200 games on their "Midway". Plus there's always plenty of friendly conversation and valuable information about Children's Plus, a full service book distributor for almost 30 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 2013 titles! Children's Press offers free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: Please reply by Friday, January 11 to June Andalcio at and send a copy (cc) to Stacey Schafer at After January 11, attendance will be limited.
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities

Date and Time: Saturday, February 9 from 9am to 11am.
Place: Nathaniel Greene Elementary School, 3525 S. Honore St. ~ Park in school lot on northeast corner of school accessible from Wood St. or by alley (enter from 36th St.). Alley runs between Honore (1900 West) and Wood (1800 West). School back door from alley will be open for meeting.
Host: Marie Szyman, CTLA Vice-President and Greene School teacher-librarian
Program: Tour the Greene School library and gain insights into Marie's curriculum, services, and resources. Rita Felton-Mitchell, CTLA member librarian, will discuss her new book Movin' Up North. In addition, time will be set aside to discuss curriculum and class tips and materials plus scheduling and operations challenges with our new extended day. A continental breakfast will be served with local, neighborhood favorites.
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!
RSVP: Please reply by Monday, February 4 to June Andalcio at
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History, plus the ISATs.

MARCH, 2013
Date and Time: March 9 is cancelled and postponed to April 20! NO MEETING IN MARCH!
Place: N/A
Idea Exchange:N/A

APRIL, 2013
Date and Time: Saturday, April 20 from 10am to 12:00noon
Place: Jane Neil Elementary School, 8555 S. Michigan Ave. ~ Park in school lot accessible from Indiana Ave. or 86th St. The school's back door from parking lot will be open from 9:45 to 10:30.
Host: Perma-Bound Books represented by Turk Glazebrook at (773) 525-6122 or and Ione Graves at (773) 548-3446 or and Richard King, CTLA Member and Neil School teacher-librarian and his wife Helen Carter King, CTLA member
Earl Sewell BookProgram: Earl Sewell will be the keynote speaker. He is back by popular demand from our January, 2011 meeting! Earl writes for both adults and teens/young adults about relationships and coming of age in an urban setting. Robin Robinson of FOXNews-Chicago recently interviewed Earl, which includes an article. Earl was born in Chicago and attended Columbia College where he studied Creative Writing. Sewell has written a total of twenty novels over the past 13 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 seven titles: Decision Time ©2007, If I Were Your Boyfriend ©2008, Keysha's Drama ©2009, Lessons Learned ©2010, Myself and I ©2010, Maya's Choice ©2011, and Back to Me ©2012. We will also hear about books 8 and 9! In addition, hear from Turk and Ione about Perma-Bound Books' lastest and greatest products and services. Tour the Neil School library, which was recently remodeled thanks to a grant from Target. Gain insights into Richard's curriculum, services, and resources. Time will be set aside to discuss curriculum and class tips and materials plus scheduling and operations challenges with our new extended day. There will be a continental breakfast with plenty of good food.
RSVP: Please reply by Wednesday, April 17 (or whenever possible) to June Andalcio at
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!
Note: Nominations for all open 2013-2014 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at our May or June luncheon.

JUNE, 2013
The June CTLA meeting will unfortunately need to be canceled. This has been a year of challenges for many of us both in our jobs as teacher-librarians and in our personal lives. This summer the CTLA Board will be planning exciting program meetings for the 2013-2014 school year. Any current member who has retired during the current school year will be recognized at a future meeting. If you have any suggestions for programs, an interest in serving as an officer, or the ability to host a meeting in your school, please contact any of the officers via the email given on our home page. Don't forget that ALA meets in Chicago the week of June 24.
Program:Annual Year-End Luncheon and Retirement Party
Note: We will hold elections for all open 2013-2014 officer positions. Nominations are still welcome! Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at the luncheon.

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