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Our 2015-2016 schedule was prepared by our President Charlie Gunn. Mailings are 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, 2015
Date and Time: Saturday, October 10 from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 Open House Activities
Place: Open Books Bookstore and "Literacenter" at 651 W. Lake St. (featuring 50,000+ books in dozens of genres, a dedicated youth section, comfy lounges, and more, all to support literacy programs in Chicago)
Host: Open Books and CTLA
Program: Open Books is the premiere non-profit bookstore to promote literacy in Chicago with affordable gently used books. We plan to match up with their programming at their Open House to celebrate their new store location and big plans for literacy in Chicago, especially with CPS students.
There will not be refreshments, however, there will be prizes given away and other festive activities throughout the day. Come and meet the staff, browse their collections, and learn all about their educational/literacy programs, including their free book grab table for K-12 educators.
10:00 am – Noon: Family fun from partner organizations Wishcraft Workshop (10 am), The Mad Hatters (10:45), and Lookingglass Theatre (11:30).
1:00 – 3:30 pm: Publishing Academy Author Launch. Hear their newest cohort of teen novelists read from their published work for the first time!
4:00 – 5:30 pm: Lookingglass Theatre performs snippets from authors Irvine Welsh, Aleksandar Hemon, Rebecca Makkai, and Luis Alberto Urrea. Meet the authors afterwards!
Plus, ALL USED BOOKS will be 10% off.
Besides this Open House location, they have a second location in Pilsen at 905 W. 19th St., which is open Wed-Sun from 10am to 4pm. (Maybe also plan to visit this amazing location before or after.)
RSVP: If possible, please say you're attending on their Open Books Facebook event page!
Date and Time: THURSDAY evening, November 19 from 5:00-5:30pm for Social Gathering; 5:30-6:00pm for Light 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 in lot.
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 Capstone and all its imprints. You may reach Kori at: ph.: 773-202-0955; fax: 773-202-1559; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.kubitzeducational.com; address: 3725 N. Kenneth, Chicago, IL 60641. You may reach Jo Ann at: ph.: 708-906-6248 or e-mail: email@example.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 is planned with fun activities. As usual, Kori will have a beautiful slideshow presentation and book talk of all the latest and greatest products, services, and special promotions! Her theme this year is dinosaurs! Books for everyone plus a great raffle! We want to hear from you and provide collaboration and support! Bring your questions and needs!
RSVP: Required by Midnight, November 16, 2015 via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 773-202-0955. Space is limited. Please provide your name, school and position in your RSVP.
Idea Exchange: On-line resources and Computer-Based Book Quizzes
Note: New and renewal memberships for the new year will be gladly accepted. After this meeting, only current memberships will be active and receive notices. We need you!
Date and Time: No CTLA Meeting, but consider the ICE-CAP Mini Conference on December 5 from 8:30-12:00
Place: National Teachers Academy, 55 W. Cermak Avenue, Chicago
Program: Mighty Mobility! Teaching with iPads and Chromebooks featuring student presenters leading App Speed Dating sessions!
RSVP: Register at: icecapchicago.weebly.com
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs
Date and Time: Saturday, January 23 from 11:00am-2:00pm
Place: Tuscany Restaurant on Taylor, 1014 W. Taylor St. (near the corner of Morgan St.) $6 valet parking is available or else meter parking on Taylor Street (pay at kiosks) and Zone 5 parking on adjacent streets.
Host: Children's Plus, Inc. is an approved CPS strategic source vendor represented by Kevin Walsh (email@example.com), President, or Daniel Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chief Operating Officer, at 800-230-1279 (voice), 800-896-7213 (fax).
Program: Full service luncheon with guest children's author Liesl Shirtliff, a signed book, and more! Liesl says, "I am passionate not just about writing books kids will love, but also helping students grow confident in their own reading identity and writing skills. I’ve spoken in schools across the country, sharing my reading and writing journey, and leading the kids in creative writing workshops that reveal just how amazingly creative and intelligent they really are." Liesl is the winner of numerous current awards for her two books: RUMP: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and JACK: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk. Liesl's 3rd book RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood is set for release on April 12. "Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and Red have their true stories told at last! These funny revamped fairy tales offer students a fresh look at classic stories." "Re-imagine fairy tales with Chicago author Liesl Shurtliff! Her middle grade fiction takes classic fairytales and turns them upside down, inventing new worlds and showing readers the magic of creative thinking."
RSVP: Please provide (name and school) attendance only by Friday, January 15 to: Tara Baldridge email@example.com; 800.230.1279 ext. 4210 (phone) or 708.946.4199 (fax)
Idea Exchange: Black History Month books and activities
Date and Time: February 20 from 9:30-11:30
Place: Roosevelt Branch Chicago Public Library, 1101 W. Taylor St. Very limited parking spaces in rear or else meter parking on Taylor Street (pay at kiosks) and Zone 5 parking on adjacent streets. There will be about 15 Zone 5 daily stickers available inside the library's main door.
Host: Norwood House Press, a leading educational publisher of PK-8 informational and fiction in print and eBooks based right here in Chicago at 6150 N. Milwaukee Ave. Our host will be President & Publisher, Patti Hall. Norwood House Press' mission is to produce informational and fiction books that help kids learn and do well in school and life. They take pride in the quality of our books and in the support they provide to teachers, librarians and caregivers. Leading and well known titles published by Norwood House Press include “Dear Dragon” by Margaret Hillert with many new titles this academic year, and “Team Spirit” sports titles including revisions of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. Their selection includes 1250 titles! Norwood House books can be ordered in Chicago Public Schools through most of the current library strategic source vendors. CTLA members may contact Patti with any questions about series, specific titles or orders at 773-467-0837 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Norwood House on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Program: Continental breakfast catered by Panera Bread. Patti will share her career story of progressing through the author and publishing business and now being the president and publisher of Norwood House Press, celebrating its 10th year! She will bring samples for distribution, especially to school-based libraries. Patti will provide book talks on the samples with her detailed and comprehensive knowledge! Marge Fashing will also host a raffle!
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member.
Idea Exchange: Upper Grade Student Projects and Womens History
Date and Time: March 12 from 12:00 to 2:00pm
Place: Sulzer Regional Library at 4455 N. Lincoln Ave. Parking is available in their lot or else free on adjoining streets, especially on Lincoln Ave next to Welles Park. Sulzer is just north of Montrose Ave. and just west of Leavitt St. (1800 west).
Host: Linda Peterson and Tim Carlmark of Rainbow Book Company: www.rainbowbookcompany.com phone: 847-224-0247 or e-mail: email@example.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 2016 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. They also have a large selection of interactive books and e-books!
Program: Come for a pizza lunch! Rainbow Books will welcome children's author Jeanette Joy and illustrator J. R. Ralph, who collaborated on the book The Playground Tree. They are also share their work on other projects. Book Summary: "School children are saddened to see their favorite ash tree harmed by the Emerald Ash Borer, but get a surprise at the end that will last for generations." Learn from the author and illustrator team about their coordinated efforts creating a children's book with an environmental education theme. All attendees will get a signed copy of the book. Learn all about the latest and greatest books and services from Rainbow Books, based in the Chicago area!
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member.
Idea Exchange: PARCC and NWEA (MAP) testing
Note: If you are retiring this year, please reply to this e-mail so you may be recognized and honored at our year-end luncheon celebration.
Date and Time: Thursday, August 18 after Googlepolooza event at 5:00. (Here are the Googlepalooza event details.) Come by yourself if you're not attending Googlepalooza.
Place: Angel's Restaurant, 230 S. Ashland Ave. (one block west of Whitney Young High School off of Jackson Blvd.)
Program: "CTLAing" social event. We will look ahead to the new school year and strategize CTLA 2016-2017 meetings/activities and the status of school libraries and support resources! There are still open CTLA officer positions for 2016-2017, especially Vice President. We especially hope all current and prospective officers can attend our "CTLAing" summer get-together planning session!
RSVP: Contact Charlie Gunn: firstname.lastname@example.org