Unattended Children Policy
Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library
with their parents to take advantage of the resources available for them to meet
their informational, recreational, and educational needs. The Library recognizes
that children, particularly those not accompanied by adults, have special needs.
This policy addresses some of those special needs, and emphasizes that the
ultimate responsibility for the child's health, safety, and behavior in the
library environment resides with the parent or guardian.
- Children who patronize the Library should be encouraged to learn
appropriate use of library resources and to respect other patrons. A child
will be treated with the same respect as any patron.
- Children aged seven (7) and under should not be left in the Library
without a parent or other responsible adult.
- Neither the Library nor its staff shall assume responsibility for
keeping unattended children within the Library building nor shall they
assume responsibility for the safety of a child once he/she leaves the
- In case of medical emergency, the librarian should call 911 for help.
Emergency personnel, upon their arrival at the Library, will be informed
that the parent is not with the child.
- All children must be picked up by closing time. If the child is not
picked up by closing time, the police may be called and advised of the
situation. Under no condition should a library employee provide
transportation for an unattended child. If a parent consistently leaves a
child past the library's closing time, the appropriate social service
agencies may be notified.
- Disruptive behavior in the library will not be allowed (see definition
of disruptive behavior in the Library's Disruptive Patron Policy). If a
child exhibits disruptive behavior, warnings will be issued. If disruptive
behavior persists, the librarian may take appropriate action, which may
include suspension. Continued disruption will be reported to the police. Any
violence or criminal activity should be reported to the police immediately.
Revised August 23, 2007