Unattended Child Policy

Adopted 7/19/2005

We are glad your children are here!  The Library Board of Trustees hopes that children who use the library will find the facility to be a friendly, warm, and inviting place to develop a love for books, reading, and the library.  Young children are not safe when left unattended in the library.  The staff cannot discern if children are leaving the building with their parents or with strangers. 
 
For the protection and well-being of children who enjoy the library, the following policy has been established:
  1. Parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of their children at all times in the library and on library property.
  2. The library staff is not responsible for the supervision of children, but they will intervene if there is a problem.
  3. Parents and caregivers should accompany their children to the library and remain with them or close to them during their visit.  This helps ensure the safety of their children, and also helps prevent disruptive or inappropriate behavior by their children.
  4. Children 10 years of age and under must not be left alone in the library without a parent, guardian, or caregiver who is at least age 16 or older.  Children age 7 and under must be within close proximity to their caregiver at all times while in the library and on library property. 
  5. Children attending programs are supervised by the library staff only during the scheduled time of the program.
  6. If a child ten and under has been left unattended at the library, library staff will contact the parent or caregiver as soon as possible to inform them of the library’s policy.
  7. The library staff is not responsible for supervising children left alone after the library has closed, but no fewer than two employees will stay with the child while attempts to reach a parent or caregiver for immediate pick-up are made.  The police department will be notified if a child has been left too long or repeatedly in this situation.