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Our 2013-2014 schedule was arranged by our President Marie Szyman. 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 28 from 9am to 11am.
Place: Nathaniel Greene Elementary School, 3525 S. Honore St. in school library on 2nd floor ~ Park in school lot on northeast corner of school accessible from Wood St. or by alley (enter from 36th St.). Alley runs parallel between Honore (1900 West) and Wood (1800 West). School back door from alley will be open for meeting. Special thanks to Marie Szyman, President and Greene School teacher-librarian for inviting us!
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 is an approved CPS vendor and hosted our October meeting last school year with national customer service staff making a special trip to Chicago to join us! Mackin is a national company based in Minnesota and has been around for over 27 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: Welcome back to a new school year! We will install our 2013-2014 CTLA officers. 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. New and interested members are welcome with membership sign-up available, including renewals, for only $10 a year thanks to very generous sponsors such as Mackin Educational Resources! Mackin will showcase all their latest and greatest services and products, and they will be providing Free Book Credit Coupons to all CTLA members who attend!!
RSVP: Please reply by Wednesday, September 25 (or whenever possible) to Marie Szyman at
Idea Exchange: Please bring ideas and resources to share out! Spotlight: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

Date and Time: Saturday, October 26 from 9am to 11:00am.
Place: Providence Englewood Charter School, 6515 South Ashland Ave. on the former Ralph J. Bunche campus. Free parking in school lot (enter from Justine St., which is a two-way street one block east) or else park on the street. Otherwise, the CTA has convenient nearby train (Green Line) and bus routes.
Host: Jami Rhue Griffin, CTLA Vice-President and Providence Englewood Charter School teacher-librarian
Program: We will bid farewell and happy retirement to Turk Glazebrook, long-time Perma-Bound book representative. His colleague Ione Graves will make a presentation and thank him for his many years of non-stop service to our Chicago market and to CTLA. We will then tour the Providence Englewood Charter School library and gain insights into Jami's curriculum, services, and resources. Also, we will learn about the mission and approach of Providence Englewood Charter School, an expansion of Providence-St. Mel School on the west side of Chicago. In addition, time will be set aside to discuss curriculum and class tips and materials, plus scheduling and management challenges. We want to hear from you and provide collaboration and support! Bring your questions and needs! A continental breakfast will be served with plenty of food and beverages. Memberships will be accepted, which are still only $10 a year.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come!
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights

11/21/13 Meeting NoticeDate and Time: THURSDAY, November 21 from 5:00-5:30pm for Social Gathering; 5:30-6:00pm for Appetizers (including cash bar); and 6:00-7:30pm for Meeting
Place: Connie's Italian Restaurant- 2373 S. Archer Ave. in Chicago (click here for map and photo). Just 3 blocks east of Halsted between Halsted and Canal. Free and easy parking.
Host: The hostess with the mostess: Kori Kubitz & Associates with Jo Ann Flournoy and Sally Comfort, 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.: 708-906-6248 or e-mail: and you may reach Sally at: ph.: 800-471-8112 ext. 8254 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 based on the theme of hockey and our World Champion Chicago Blackhawks! Books for everyone plus a great raffle! We want to hear from you and provide collaboration and support! Bring your questions and needs!
RSVP:Replies required by November 18 to Kori at: ph.: 773-202-0955 or e-mail: Provide name, position, and school in reply. Space is limited.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes

Date and Time:Saturday, December 14 from 9:30 to 11:30am
Place: Little Village Branch of the Chicago Public Library in the Community Meeting Room, 2311 S. Kedzie Avenue, (312) 745-1862. Free parking is available on the side streets or in the library lot south of the building.
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 2014 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: 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 11 if possible, please contact Harriet by phone (800) 255-0965 or e-mail
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

Date and Time: Saturday, January 11 from 9:30 to noon.
Place:Westinghouse College Prep, 3223 West Franklin Bl. ~ There are two parking lots, but the East lot is closer to the Library. You may also park on the City streets.
Host: CTLA and the Dept. of Libraries (Dept. of Educational Tools & Technology)
Program: Lisa Perez, Library Coordinator and Instructional Technology Specialist (plus CTLA Member along with ICE-CAP President), will be provide a PD presentation on writing library lesson plans and where to post them on-line with the right tools. We will provide coffee, juice and rolls for a continental breakfast. Also, tour the state-of-the-art Westinghouse library and learn about the latest programs and services of the Dept. of Libraries (Dept. of Educational Tools & Technology). Bring your own questions or concerns.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come!
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities

CP Meeting PosterDate and Time: Saturday, February 1 from 11:30 to 2:30.
Place: Wildfire Grill, 159 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 787-9000
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).
Program: Children's Plus is delighted to, once again, be hosting CPS librarians and sharing a full service lunch with such a talented, local author. With a background in Biology and Computer Science and hundreds of school visits under her belt, Andrea Beaty is just the writer to share her passion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) with us as we engage and inspire young readers. She has published 8 highly acclaimed picture books and 3 well-reviewed novels, including her newest Dorko the Magnificient. Andrea will introduce her young scientists as she inspires us to think big! There's always plenty of friendly conversation and valuable information about Children's Plus, a full service book distributor for 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 2014 titles and especially STEM titles! Children's Press offers free shipping and unattached processing.
RSVP: RSVP attendance only by January 24, 2014 to Stacey Schafer at ~ Note: This meeting is open to ALL CPS librarians (membership in CTLA is not required though it is welcomed).
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History

MARCH, 2014
Date and Time: Saturday, March 8 from 9:00 to 11:30am
Place: Edwards Elementary School, 4815 S. Karlov Ave (between Karlov and Komensky, just west of Pulaski and also just north of Archer). Parking lot is available off Komensky. Please enter through Door 5, which will be open. Karlov is 4100 West and Komensky is 4050 West.
Host: Follett Library Resources at 888-511-5114, represented by Regional Sales Manager: Wayne Schumann (x3606 or, by Chicago Sales Consultants: Chris Truby (x3741 or serving south of Archer Avenue and Greg Brouman (x3709 or serving north of Archer Avenue, and by Chicago Customer Care Consultant: Carrie White (x3337 or on call 7am to 5pm. Follett is a CPS approved strategic source vendor. The meeting coordinators are Laura Gaytán, CTLA Recording Secretary and Edwards Literacy Teacher plus Angelo Chavez, Edwards Teacher-Librarian.
Program: Follett will provide a continental breakfast with plenty of food and beverages. They will also have a book giveaway and present updates to Titlewave, including CPS punch out integration and new curriculum tags. In addition, they will showcase their eBooks, Playaway® products, and digital resources for schools.
We will get a tour of the Edwards School library and gain insights into their curriculum, services, and resources in action! In addition, we will discuss class tips, lessons, and materials, plus scheduling and management challenges. We want to hear from you and provide collaboration and support! Bring your questions about everything you need to know but were afraid to ask!
February was supposed to be our annual Penny Auction Month in honor of Lincoln and his birthday. The Penny Auction is our librarian version of a 'Swap-o-Rama' or ‘Rummage Sale’. However, this year we will call it "Spring Cleaning" and hold the event in month of March. 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 tickets at your preferred "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! We dearly thank June Andalcio for coordinating this fun annual event!
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member.
Idea Exchange: ISAT, PARCC and NWEA testing
Note: At the end of the meeting, everyone is welcome to help CTLA officers update our dues and membership guidelines to best honor and respect all stakeholders, including retirees, vendors, non-literacy staff, and invited guests.

APRIL, 2014
Date and Time: Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 to 11:30am
Bronzeville Childrens MuseumPlace: Bronzeville Children's Museum, 9301 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago, located in the historic Bronzeville community about one mile from Chicago State University. Park in museum lot or on street or use CTA. The Bronzeville Children's Museum is the first and only African American children's museum in the country. The museum was founded on August 20, 1993. The museum is designed for children to engage in learning through hands-on activities. Their philosophy of building children's minds is reinforced by a unique guided tour format that emphasizes the educational message each exhibit is designed to achieve, which is critical to ensuring that the hands-on play experience imparts knowledge so children remember what they learned and not just that they had time to play. The exhibits are designed for children ages 3 to 9.
Host: CTLA and Vicki Noe Chikow
Program: A continental breakfast with plenty of food and beverages will be provided. Tour this Chicago museum treasure for children and learn about their wonderful programs and resources. Also, Viki Noe Chikow, CTLA Member, will share her journey from long-time CPS vendor to published author and what she’s learned along the way. She’ll talk about her award-winning series, Friend Grief, and how the books have enabled her to meet some remarkable people. She’ll also share tips on how librarians can get books for free direct from publishers, web sites that need savvy book reviewers (like you!), and why CTLA has been such an inspiration to her. Everyone will receive a free copy of the first book in her series, Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn. Her books, freelance articles and reviews can be found on her website,
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member.
Idea Exchange: Music and Reading Collaboration and creative ideas for the library!
Note: Nominations for all open 2014-2015 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at our May or June luncheon.

June, 2014
Date and Time: Thursday, June 19 from 4:30 to 7:30pm
Place:Connie's Italian Restaurant- 2373 S. Archer Ave. 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 Year-End Luncheon and Retirement Party ~ Complimentary admission for all 2013-14 CTLA member retirees. The cost for all other guests will be $30.00 per person. This will include Connie's delicious salad, entrees, desserts, and all non-alcoholic beverages (and all other taxes, tips, and event support). We will honor the following three retirees, who have notified our President Marie Szyman: 1. Queen E. Jackson; 2. Tony D. Stewart; and 3. Sheila Townsend. Come celebrate the conclusion of another school year and summertime! CTLA and our generous hosts have provided eight free meetings this year with great food, speakers, programs, hand-outs and give-aways. However, for this final celebration meeting, we must ask for fair share payment to avoid debt based on our nominal $10 annual membership fee... no membership fees will be used.
RSVP: Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 17 to: ~ payment is on the honor system at the door!
Note: We will hold elections for all open 2014-2015 officer positions. Nominations are still welcome!

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