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About the Young LMC:

  • The Young LMC serves over 650 students at Nancy Young. Full classes and small groups come to the LMC to choose books, listen to stories, conduct research, work on LMC lessons and much more.
  • Our LMC has over 14,000 items for student checkout.


Book Checkout:

  • At Young, Kindergarteners may check out one book at a time until winter break. After winter break, Kindergarteners will be allowed to check out 2 books at a time. 1st  through 5th graders get to have TWO books checked out at a time! We don't have a set due date, but after 2-3 weeks we'll be reminding you to renew or return the books on your card.


Computer Lab/Laptop Usage:

  • All of the students at Young have computer lab or laptop time once a week. Kindergarteners spend 30 minutes in the lab working on computer activities that support what they learn in the classroom. 1st through 5th graders spend at least 50 minutes per week using computers. Our school district has a technology curriculum with skills incorporated in all of our student learning.

Need Help? We're here for you:

  • Mrs. Ranucci - LMC Director


  • Mrs. Gorkis - LMC Assistant

Reading Programs

Enjoy this summer with Summer Reading Programs and rewards for reading!

Consult the Aurora Public Library program guide for information on Fizz, Boom, Read, this year’s summer reading program. Summer Reading will run from June 7th -August 2nd. The Bookmobile will be stopping across from our school every Thursday from 1-2 PM during the summer. The program guide is available through our news story list. Free activities are available all summer for kids and families.
Download your Barnes & Noble Summer Reading form to participate in their summer reading program. Read 8 books and get a free book from the store. This program will run from May 20th-September 2nd.

Read for the World Record with Scholastic's Summer Challenge. Log your hours and win prizes.

Stop by Meatheads to pick a summer reading form. For every 5 books you read, you can win a kid's burger.

Stop into Anderson's Bookshop and grab a bookmark for your grade, read six books and bring your bookmark back to claim your reward! Mix-and-match from their six titles with up to three titles of your own.


Monarch (K-3) & Bluestem (3-5) Awards


Monarch Award


In the summer of 2002, several past presidents of ISLMA discussed the need for a K-3 children's book award. The ISLMA Board established a work group to investigate creation of such an award. In April 2003, ISLMA approved the establishment and support of The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award.


The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.


Bluestem Award


In the spring of 2008, the ISLMA board approved establishing a committee to explore the possibility of a new book award that would fit between the Monarch and Rebecca Caudill Awards. Interested library media specialists met in June, and an outline of the proposed new award was presented to the board in August. In September, a survey about the new award was conducted, and 92% of respondents favored the creation of a new award. The ISLMA board approved the new award at their October meeting.



The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.

Special Events



Calling All Volunteers to the LMC!

Nancy Young Elementary has a wonderful Library Media Center that serves over 650 students and staff. Help us provide a fun and exciting environment by volunteering!

Do you have 1 hour per week that you want to share with us?

No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm.
We will train you to do the jobs you prefer:

•Check-in books •Reshelve books •Assist students as they check out books
•Help kids find books •Organize the shelves •Prepare new materials
•Work on a variety of projects as needed

You get to pick the day and hour to come enjoy our school!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

Mrs. Ranucci at blaire_ranucci(@)

Birthday Books

 Young’s Birthday Book Club!


Are you looking for a fun way to honor your child’s birthday? Young’s LMC has the answer! Donating a book to Young’s LMC helps to build our library collection and make your child feel special at the same time.


During the month of your child’s birthday, we will call all children participating in the Birthday Book Club for the month down to the LMC to choose a book from the birthday cart. The Birthday Book Club will run from September to May. If your child’s birthday is in June, July or August, we will invite him or her to come down to the LMC during the month of December.


There will be a wide selection of hardcover books to choose from. After your child chooses a book, we take his/her picture to put in the front of the book with a bookplate commemorating the donation. Your child's first name will be listed on our LMC website to showcase the title they chose. Your child will be the first to check out the book he/she chooses! What a fun opportunity!


If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form and return it to the LMC with cash or a check for $15. Please make checks payable to Young Elementary School.


Thank you for considering this program. It’s a great way for your child to feel special and to support the Young LMC at the same time. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Mrs. Blaire Ranucci

LMC Director, 375-3805




Online Resources

Resources to Help You Complete Your Research


Useful Links for Staff


Online Resources for Parents


Research Databases

Visit the LMC Edline page for our login info to use at home!


Commonly Accessed Links and Info for Students, Parents and Community