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The LMC hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:50am until 3:15pm
  • Wednesday 9:15am until 3:15pm


The LMC staff is:

  • Mrs. McVey, LMC Director
  • Mrs. Hunt, LMC Assistant




Believing that the Library Media Center is a fundamental part of the educational program of the schools of Indian Prairie District #204, the mission of the LMC is to encourage, promote and assist students and teachers to be effective users of ideas and information and to foster reading and use of a library for lifelong learning.


Book Fairs

McCarty Elementary will host at least two book fairs during the school year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Students are invited to browse and purchase books from well-known book companies. Proceeds from these fairs are used to enhance Library Media Center programs and materials.


Book Donations


The McCarty Library Media Center loves book donations.  

Is your child celebrating a birthday?  How about donating a book? 

Would you like to honor a special staff member?  How about donating a book?

We accept new, hard cover books that are appropriate for students in grades kindergarten to fifth grade.




  • Every student receives their own LMC card at the beginning of the school year.  If this card is lost or damaged, the student will need to pay $1.00 for a new one.
  • Students may check out two LMC items for a one-week period.  Kindergarteners are allowed one item. Items may be renewed if they are brought to the LMC.
  • Overdue notices are sent home weekly with students.  After the third notice, letters are mailed home.
  • The Internet is available for student use on all computers.  Internet use is restricted to students who are under the direct supervision of a trained staff member and to curriculum related projects.  All sites are reviewed before students are allowed to use them.
  • Every student is required to have their own set of headphones for the computers.  The LMC sells headphones for $2.


McCarty promotes Reading ALL year.

The McCarty LMC is excited to offer a monthly school wide reading incentive program for ALL students.  Every month students read, record their minutes and earn a DIFFERENT prize.  Reading is a lifelong skill and students should be reading for at least 15 minutes EVERY day.


The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award

The Monarch Award is an annual award given to the author or illustrator of a book voted most outstanding by students in grades kindergarten through three in participating Illinois schools. “The Monarch Award is designed to encourage Illinois children to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. This award is named for the Monarch Butterfly and symbolizes the growth, change and freedom that characterize the emergent reader.” Students in grades K-2 will be introduced to the twenty nominees through book talks and read alouds. Students who have read or heard at least 5 of the 20 books will be given the privilege of voting for their favorite nominated book in February. Votes are tallied throughout the entire state of Illinois and the winner is announced in the spring. For more information about the award and a list of the current nominees, visit

The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

The Bluestem 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. Students in grades 3-5 are introduced to and given book talks on all 20 titles nominated to receive this award. These titles represent outstanding literature chosen by a committee of teachers and librarians. Students reading at least 4 of the 20 titles are awarded the privilege to vote in February. Tallies are mailed to the state committee for counting and the award is announced in the spring.  For more information about the award and a list of the current nominees visit

To see the power point presented in LMC class, click here: Bluestem Presentation 2014-2015

Rebecca Caudill Award: Illinois' Grades 4-8 Readers' Choice Award

The Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award is an annual award given to the book voted most outstanding by students in grades 4-8 in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition of her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books. These titles represent outstanding literature chosen by a committee of teachers and librarians. The books will be available for checkout in the LMC. Students reading at least 3 of the 20 titles are awarded the privilege to vote in February. Tallies are mailed to the state committee for counting and the award is announced in the spring.  For more information about the award and a list of the current nominees visit


Parent Library

The McCarty Library Media Center (LMC) has a fantastic “Parents Only” section of books. We have books about topics important to parents including allergies, asthma, autism, bullying, cancer, cyber-safety, death, discipline, divorce, gifted, obesity, procrastination, puberty, reading, special needs, and many more!  Some books are even storybooks that you can read with your student.


If you would like to check any of our books out, stop by the LMC or contact the LMC at or 630-375-3400 x3407. If the LMC is closed, please fill out the form on the parent library shelf.


These are the books we currently have available:


Title Author
"I never get anything!" : how to keep your kids from running your life Phelan, Thomas.
"What's happening to my body?" book for boys, the Madaras, Lynda.
"What's happening to my body?" book for girls, the Madaras, Lynda.
1-2-3 Magia : Disciplina efectiva para ninos de 2 a 12 Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
1-2-3 magia [videorecording] : disciplina efectiva para ninos de 2 a 12 Phelan, Thomas.
1-2-3 magic : effective discipline for children 2-12 Phelan, Thomas.
1-2-3 magic : effective discipline for children 2-12 Phelan, Thomas.
1-2-3 magic : effective discipline for children 2-12 Phelan, Thomas.
1-2-3 magic managing difficult behavior in children 2-12 Child Management, Inc.
7 habits of highly effective families, the Covey, Stephen R.
AD/HD for dummies Strong, Jeff.
After you lose someone you love : advice and insight from the diaries of three kids who've been there Dennison, Amy.
All about adoption : how families are made & how kids feel about it Nemiroff, Marc A.
All about my brother : an eight-year-old sister's introduction of her brother who has autism Peralta, Sarah.
Allie, the allergic elephant Smith, Nicole.
Asthma for dummies Berger, William E.
Autism answer book, the : more than 300 of the top questions parents ask Stillman, William
Best old movies for families, the : a guide to watching together Burr, Ty.
Bullies are a pain in the brain Romain, Trevor.
Child obesity : a parent's guide to a fit, trim, and happy child Rao, Goutham.
Childhood speech, language, and listening problems : what every parent should know Hamaguchi, Patricia McAleer
Cliques, phonies, & other baloney Romain, Trevor.
Complete kid's allergy and asthma guide, the : the parent's handbook for children of all ages [general editor, Milton Gold].
Conquering childhood obesity for dummies Tessmer, Kimberly A.
Cyber-safe kids, cyber-savvy teens : helping young people learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly Willard, Nancy E.
Developing positive self-images and discipline in Black children Kunjufu, Jawanza.
Diccionario de tareas para los padres McLaughlin, Dan J.
Diccionario de tareas para los padres McLaughlin, Dan J.
Diccionario de tareas para los padres McLaughlin, Dan J.
Diccionario de tareas para los padres McLaughlin, Dan J.
Difficult questions kids ask--and are too afraid to ask--about divorce Schneider, Meg F.
Divorce helpbook for kids, the MacGregor, Cynthia.
Does anybody else look like me? : a parent's guide to raising multiracial children Nakazawa, Donna Jackson.
Don't call me special : a first look at disability Thomas, Pat
Dude, that's rude! : (get some manners) Espeland, Pamela
Everything parent's guide to positive discipline, the : professional advice for raising a well-behaved child Pickhardt, Carl E.
Explosive child, the : a new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children Greene, Ross W.
Food allergies for dummies Wood, Robert A.
Get organized without losing it Fox, Janet S.
Gifted kids' survival guide for ages 10 & under, the Galbraith, Judy.
Good parenting through your divorce : the essential guidebook to helping your children adjust and thrive--based on the leading national program Hannibal, Mary Ellen.
Gotcha for guys! : nonfiction books to get boys excited about reading Baxter, Kathleen A.
H is for hair fairy : an alphabet of encouragement and insight for kids (and kids at heart!) with cancer Martin, Kim.
Help for eating disorders : a parents' guide to symptoms, causes & treatments Katzman, Debra.
Helping your child overcome separation anxiety or school refusal : a step-by-step guide for parents Eisen, Andrew R.
Helping your children cope with your cancer : a guide for parents and families Van Dernoot, Peter.
Helping your kids cope with divorce the Sandcastles way Neuman, M. Gary.
How to do homework without throwing up Romain, Trevor.
How to get your child to love reading Codell, Esmé Raji
How to handle bullies, teasers, and other meanies : a book that takes the nuisance out of name calling and other nonsense Cohen-Posey, Kate.
How to take the grrrr out of anger Verdick, Elizabeth.
How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk Faber, Adele.
I can be safe : a first look at safety Thomas, Pat
I miss you : a first look at death Thomas, Pat.
I was a really good mom before I had kids : reinventing modern motherhood Ashworth, Trisha.
I'm telling the truth : a first look at honesty Thomas, Pat
Is it right to fight? : a first look at anger Thomas, Pat
It's not the stork! : a book about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families, and friends Harris, Robie H.
It's not your fault, KoKo Bear : a read-together book for parents & young children during divorce Lansky, Vicki.
It's so amazing! : a book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families Harris, Robie H.
Living with a brother or sister with special needs : a book for sibs Meyer, Donald J.
Mas 1-2-3 magia /[videorecording] Thomas W. Phelan.
Me, MySpace, and I : parenting the net generation Rosen, Larry D.
Mom and the polka-dot boo-boo : a gentle story explaining breast cancer to a young child Sutherland, Eileen.
Mommy far, mommy near : an adoption story Peacock, Carol Antoinette.
More 1-2-3 magic encouraging good behavior, independence and self-esteem. Thomas W. Phelan
My amazing body : a first look at health and fitness Thomas, Pat
My family's changing : a first look at family break up Thomas, Pat
My manners matter : a first look at being polite Thomas, Pat
Nobody likes me, everybody hates me : the top 25 friendship problems and how to solve them Borba, Michele.
On your mark, get set, grow! : a "what's happening to my body?" book for younger boys Madaras, Lynda.
Parenting after divorce : resolving conflicts and meeting your children's needs Stahl, Philip Michael.
Parenting for dummies Gookin, Sandra Hardin.
Parenting gifted kids : tips for raising happy and successful children Delisle, James R.
Parent's homework dictionary, the McLaughlin, Dan J.
Peanut allergy answer book, the Young, Michael C.
Period. : a girl's guide to menstration with a parent's guide Loulan, JoAnn.
Positive discipline A-Z : 1001 solutions to everyday parenting problems Nelsen, Jane.
Procrastinating child, the : a handbook for adults to help children stop putting things off Emmett, Rita.
Read-aloud handbook, the Trelease, Jim.
Reading magic : why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever Fox, Mem
Ready, set, grow! : a "what's happening to my body?" book for younger girls Madaras, Lynda.
Shelley, the hyperactive turtle Moss, Deborah M.
Sibling slam book, the : what it's really like to have a brother or sister with special needs edited by Donald Meyer
Single parenting for dummies Peterson, Marion.
Skin I'm in, the : a first look at racism Thomas, Pat
Smart talk : what kids say about growing up gifted Schultz, Robert A.
Stop picking on me : a first look at bullying Thomas, Pat
Stress can really get on your nerves! Romain, Trevor.
Survival guide for kids with ADD or ADHD, the Taylor, John F.
Survival guide for kids with LD*, the : *learning differences Fisher, Gary L.
Survival guide for parents of gifted kids, the : how to understand, live with, and stick up for your gifted child Walker, Sally Yahnke
Teach me how to say it right : helping your child with articulation problems Dougherty, Dorothy P.
Teaching kids to read for dummies Wood, Tracey.
Ten things: every child with autism wishes you knew Notbohm, Ellen.
Too much of a good thing : raising children of character in an indulgent age Kindlon, Daniel J.
True or false? Tests stink! Romain, Trevor.
Truth about children and divorce, the : dealing with the emotions so you and your children can thrive Emery, Robert E.
Views from our shoes : growing up with a brother or sister with special needs edited by Donald Meyer
Was it the chocolate pudding? : a story for little kids about divorce Levins, Sandra.
What about me? : 12 ways to get your parents' attention (without hitting your sister) Kennedy-Moore, Eileen.
What in the world are your kids doing online? : how to understand the electronic world your children live in Melton, Barbara.
What on earth do you do when someone dies? Romain, Trevor.
What to do when good enough isn't good enough : the real deal on perfectionism : a guide for kids Greenspon, Thomas S.
When gifted kids don't have all the answers : how to meet their social and emotional needs Delisle, James R.
When my parents forgot how to be friends Moore-Mallinos, Jennifer.
Where's mom's hair? : a family's journey through cancer Watters, Debbie.





The McCarty Library Media Center has many opportunities for volunteers. No previous skills are required! If you have a couple hours each week to share, we'd really appreciate your help:

  • Assisting students in the LMC
  • Putting books away
  • Preparing new books for the shelves


Volunteers play an essential role in the success of all of the LMC programs.  We appreciate all volunteer efforts in helping us to provide the best possible library materials and service for our students and staff.

If interested please email Rhea McVey, LMC Director, at


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