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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!

Date and Time: Saturday, September 19 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Place: Goethe Elementary School Library, 2236 N. Rockwell. Take the Fullerton Exit on the highway 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) between California and Western Avenue on Fullerton Avenue. The school entrance will be the front (middle) door on Rockwell. Please park on Rockwell.
Host: Mackin Educational Resources, represented by Chas Sima, their very own Illinois Sales Consultant at with cell: 312-550-9864 or office toll-free: 800-245-9540. Mackin has been retained as an approved CPS vendor! Mackin is a national company based in Minnesota and has been around for over 29 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! The Goethe teacher-librarian and CTLA member is Marcia Mariscal.
Program: Welcome back to a new school year! We will install our 2015-2016 CTLA officers. A continental breakfast will be served. New and interested members are welcome with membership sign-up, including renewals, for still $10 a year thanks to very generous hosts such as Mackin Educational Resources! Mackin will showcase all their latest and greatest services and products, including MackinVIA and their e-book collections. Recap the Back-to-School CPS Dept. of Literacy: Libraries PD called "Librarians Lead the Way" on September 4. Learn about upcoming Dept. of Literacy: Libraries programs and services. Join fellow librarians and literacy teachers for classroom and resource tips and advice to have a great new year! Check out Goethe School library and get a guided tour by Marcia!
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
Note: Our new 2015-2016 officers will be recognized. There are vacancies for Recording Secretary and Vice-President.

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!

November 2015 Meeting hosted by CapstoneDate 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:; website:; address: 3725 N. Kenneth, Chicago, IL 60641. You may reach Jo Ann at: ph.: 708-906-6248 or e-mail:– 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: 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:
Idea Exchange: Holiday Stories and Customs

CTLA January MeetingDate 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 (, President, or Daniel Walsh (, 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; 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 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 Women’s History

MARCH, 2016
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: phone: 847-224-0247 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 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.

APRIL, 2016
Date and Time: April 2 from 9:30 to 11:30am
Place: Richard J. Daley Branch Library at 3400 S. Halsted St. This library has parking lot or free street parking nearby.
Place Mat CalendarHost: Scholastic Education represented by Bernadette (Bernie) Grant-Hill, Account Executive, 630-479-1158,
Program: There will be plenty of food, prizes, raffles, and professional development! Bernie will lead a round table/focus group and consult on all the options available for promoting libraries within a school and among the community along with curriculum development tools using current methods both print and digital. This is our golden opportunity to use a meeting for active "idea exchange" and "best of the best" tips and advice. We will sit in a circle and have a productive "hands-on practical" discussion starting at 10am. Scholastic Education "helps schools and teachers inspire literacy and learning for all children with comprehensive literacy solutions that are connected to new standards and customizable for every educator". Bernie has extensive experience with making our libraries vibrant hubs of school learning and can help us map out a yearly calendar to fill in the gaps. We all have a full load in our schools, but we want to stay focused on best practices that work! Please see her sample wish list calendar (click on image to the left) of full engagement possibilities. Scholastic is the leading national education service company, and they have the resources to serve all spokes of school literacy success. They offer 40% off their product range with free shipping. Please come to participate and to consider our common roles as literacy specialists amid minimal budgets.
RSVP: No RSVP needed, so please come and bring a fellow library or literacy staff member.
Note: Nominations for all open 2016-2017 officer positions are due. Retiring members must contact Charlie Gunn for recognition at our May or June luncheon.

iconAUGUST, 2016
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.)
Host: CTLA
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:

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