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Our 2014-2015 schedule was arranged by our President Laura Gaytan. Mailings were sent to members before each meeting at their e-mail address with full details and RSVP info., so please assure your e-mail address is accurate. 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!

SEPTEMBER, 2014
Date and Time: Saturday, September 20 from 9:30am 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: CTLA
Program: Welcome back and recap the Back-to-School CPS Dept. of Libraries Orientation on August 28 by DLIS staff. Learn about upcoming CPS DLIS programs and services. Join fellow librarians and literacy teachers for classroom and resource tips and advice to have a great new year! Check out Edwards School library and get a guided tour by their teacher-librarian Angelo Chavez, CTLA Member, who also teaches technology lessons! We will provide a continental breakfast with plenty of food and beverages. We will also have a free raffle for all attendees. Bring your questions and concerns. New and renewal memberships will be gladly accepted or use our website form with PayPal payment.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member.
Idea Exchange: Please bring ideas and resources to share out! Spotlight: Hispanic American Heritage Month Ideas

OCTOBER, 2014
Date and Time: Saturday, October 11 from 9:30am 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. We thank our CPL partners for use of their space.
Madeleine's Light coverHost: David Sherman, Mickey Simmons, and Tim Carlmark of Rainbow Book Company: www.rainbowbookcompany.com phone: 847-581-0067 or e-mail: mickey@rainbowbookcompany.com ~ 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 2015 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 presentation by special children's author Natalie Ziarnik! Natalie is the author of Madeleine’s Light: A Story of Camille Claudel. She majored in English at Grinnell College, and after graduation, she spent a year in France teaching English, where she became fascinated by the sculpture of Camille Claudel. Natalie lives locally and is Head of the Children’s Department at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. Please visit her personal website for more interesting details! Two (2) CPDUs credit will be available (provider #102634; category #13628–Educational Publishing), plus Free Books and Gifts with Author Signing! While at this branch library, browse around and see how it's designed and what's new!
RSVP: By October 7 if possible, please contact Harriet by phone (800) 255-0965 or e-mail harriet@rainbowbookcompany.com
Idea Exchange: Science Fair Projects and Young Authors and Family Reading Nights
Note: New and renewal memberships for the new year will be gladly accepted. We need you!

NOVEMBER, 2014
Kubitz dinner invitationDate and Time: THURSDAY, November 20 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, 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: kkorky5@aol.com; website: www.kubitzeducational.com; address: 3725 N. Kenneth, Chicago, IL 60641. You may reach Jo Ann at: ph.: 708-906-6248 or e-mail: joflournoy@gmail.com– they will have plenty of all new books on display. Please contact them for catalogs, any helpful information, or to place fast and guaranteed orders.
Program:Another fabulous dinner meeting of Connie's famous italian dishes has been planned with fun activities. Kori's theme this year is Capstone Creators of Content and artistic expression in our schools, especially visual art! In the fun spirit of her theme, Kori has a craft project planned! As usual, Kori will have a beautiful slideshow presentation and book talk of all the latest and greatest products, services, and special promotions! 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 17 to Kori at: ph.: 773-202-0955 or e-mail: kkorky5@aol.com: Provide name, position, and school in reply. Space is limited.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes
Note: New and renewal memberships for the new year will be gladly accepted. We need you!

DECEMBER, 2014
Date and Time: Saturday, December 13 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Place: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th St., Chicago; Phone: 312-738-1503. Street parking is available.
Host: Follett School Solutions at 888-511-5114, represented by Chicago Regional Sales Director: Wayne Schumann (x3606 or WSchumann@follett.com) and Chicago Sales Consultants: Gregory Brouman for north City of Chicago (x3709 or GBrouman@follett.com) and Julie Zak for south City of Chicago (x3741 or JZak@follett.com). Their general CPS service number is x1102 with a Library Service Consultant staffed 7am to 5:30pm. Their fax is 800-852-5458 (include a cover sheet). Follett is a CPS approved strategic source vendor.
Program: A catered light breakfast will be served. Get a tour of the museum to check out all their educational and cultural benefits! Learn about all the latest and greatest Follett products and services, including these TitleWave topics: 1. New Curriculum Tags; 2. Finding NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) Resources; 3. Finding Resources to Support CCSS (Common Core State Standards); 4. Finding Supplemental Textbook Lists; 5. Finding State Resources and Chicago Public Schools Book Lists; 6. Finding Free Teacher Resources; 7. Finding Graphic Novels, HI-LO Materials, and materials in multiple languages; and 8. Finding and Using eBooks. Everyone will get a free book! Also, learn about upcoming CPS DLIS programs and services. Join fellow librarians and literacy teachers for classroom and resource tips and advice to have a successful year! Bring your questions and concerns.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

JANUARY, 2015
Date and Time: Saturday, January 10 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Place: Archer Heights Public Library branch, 5055 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60632, (312) 747-9241. Parking lot east of library on Archer with additional street parking.
Host: Perma-Bound Books represented by Ione Graves (north of Cermak Rd.) at (773) 548-3446 or ionegraves@perma-bound.com andy by her sister Marcia Thomas (south of Cermak Rd.) at (773) 726-4871 or marciathomas@perma-bound.com. Perma-Bound Books is a full service jobber and an approved CPS vendor.
Program: There will be a catered hot breakfast with plenty of good food and beverages. Hear from Ione about Perma-Bound Books' lastest and greatest products and services. See samples of the Perma-Bound guaranteed strong binding. A helpful staff from the Department of Literacy: Libraries and Information Services will share upcoming programs, activities, and opportunities. Tour the Archer Heights branch, recently built in 2000, and browse their children's library. Check out their staff's "Favorite Books of 2014". Time will be set aside to discuss curriculum along with class tips and materials. We want to hear from you and provide collaboration and support! Bring your questions and needs!
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities

FEBRUARY, 2015
Note: We will have a special tribute to the loving and dedicated life and service of Ann Adams, long-time CTLA member and Christopher School Teacher, past CTLA President, plus many other contributions to family and community!
Date and Time: Saturday, February 21 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Place: Curie High School Library, 4959 S. Archer Ave. (next to 50th St. and Pulaski Ave.) ~ Use school lot for free parking.
Host: Norwood House Press, a leading educational publisher of PK-8 non-fiction and fiction in print and eBooks based right here in Chicago at 6150 N. Milwaukee Ave. Hosts will be President & Publisher, Patti Hall and Director of Field Sales, Don Hull. Leading and well known titles published by Norwood House include “Dear Dragon” by Margaret Hillert with 8 new titles this academic year, and “Team Spirit” sports titles including revisions of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. Norwood House books can be ordered in Chicago Public Schools through most of the current library strategic source vendors. CTLA members may contact Don with any questions about series, specific titles or orders at 773-628-7219 or don@norwoodhousepress.com. Follow Norwood House on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Program: Norwood House will be providing a continental breakfast including favorite breakfast items and coffee. New titles will be on display and catalogs and other materials will be available for attendees to review. Norwood House publishes for PK-8 and will have samples of new titles from its “MySELFBookshelf” series about social and emotional learning, “Dear Dragon” beginning-to-read titles and “Language Builders”, the latest in the Builder line that also includes “Writing Builders” and “Poetry Builders” – and much more. Norwood House provides library processing and teacher resources that help educators get the most out of their orders and budgets. A helpful staff from the Department of Literacy: Libraries and Information Services will share upcoming programs, activities, and opportunities. Tour the facility library. Time will be set aside to discuss curriculum along with class tips and materials. We want to hear from you and provide collaboration and support! Bring your questions and needs!
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Women’s History

MARCH, 2015
ChildrensPlusInviteDate and Time: Saturday, March 21 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Place: Pizza Capri, 1501 E. 53rd St. (in Hyde Park)~ Pay parking in Harper Court Public Parking Garage at Lake Park Ave and 53rd St. (enter from Lake Park Ave.) or use pay parking surface lot across from the Hyatt on Harper Ave. or use metered street parking.
Host: Children's Plus, Inc. is an approved CPS strategic source vendor represented by Kevin Walsh (kevinw@childrensplusinc.com), President, or Daniel Walsh (danw@childrensplusinc.com), Chief Operating Officer, at 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax).
Program: Please join us at a wonderful luncheon meeting in welcoming author and guest speaker Kate Hannigan. Chicago author Kate Hannigan writes fiction and non-fiction for young readers. She is especially excited about writing books that feature strong girls. A former newspaper journalist, she loves listening to people's stories and digging deep into research. Kate is no stranger to the classroom. She offers classroom presentations for grades K-8 that are interactive with options to Skype with classrooms! Event includes:
•Free autographed book and giveaways
•Full service lunch included
•Book preview of Cupcake Cousins series and upcoming The Detective's Assistant
RSVP: This meeting is open to ALL Chicago Public School librarians (membership in CTLA is not required). RSVP only attendance by Monday, March 16, 2015 to Stacey Schafer: staceys@childrensplusinc.com; 800-230-1279 ext. 4142 (phone); or 800-896-7213 (fax)
Idea Exchange: PARCC and NWEA (MAP) testing

APRIL, 2015
Date and Time: Saturday, April 18 from 9:30am to 11:30am NEW TIME: 11:30am to 1:30pm
Place: Harold Washington Library Center NEW LOCATION: Lincoln-Belmont Chicago Public Library Branch at 1659 W. Melrose St. (near the intersection of Ashland, Lincoln, and Belmont) ~ There is a parking lot. If lot is full there is adjacent metered parking.
Host: Britannica Educational Corp. and their digital learning products. Please contact Brenna Castagna, Territory Manager, at BCastagna@eb.com or 800-621-3900 x7159.
Program: In SOAR and its "Library Databases" webpage, CPS already has a city-wide subscription to "Britannica School" in both english and spanish. Learn about this tremendous resource and their other products. Encyclopedia Britannica was widely regarded as the best encyclopedia in the 20th century. Now they have moved into the 21st Century without their print edition in lieu of their digital media. Britannica will provide pizza and drinks for lunch. While at this branch library, we will check out their children's library services and collection.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member to join as a member.
Note: Nominations for all open 2015-2016 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact our President for recognition at our May or June luncheon.

iconJUNE, 2015
Date and Time: Thursday, June 11 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: Our very own CTLA!
Program: Annual Year-End Dinner and Retirement Party ~ Complimentary admission for all 2014-15 CTLA member retirees. The cost for all other guests will be $30.00 per person. This will include salad, entrees, desert and all non-alcoholic beverages at a favorite Chicago restaurant! This is a social and celebration meeting to recognize another year and to honor our retirees; we hope everyone can come out! Our member retirees this year are: Beatrice "Bea" Haney and Michael Saelens. If there are other member retirees, please contact President Laura (see below).
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 10 to our President Laura Gaytan at: Lgaytan@cps.edu
Note: We will hold elections for all open 2015-2016 officer positions. Nominations are still welcome!

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