Unattended Child Policy

Parental Responsibility

  1. A Parent or caregiver should accompany any child under twelve to the library and supervise them during their visit.
  2. The Library provides staff to help children and their caregivers use the library and its materials, but not to watch, supervise or entertain individuals or groups.
  3. Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library, even if the parent is not present.

Disruptive Child

  1. Children in the library are expected to observe the posted “Code of Conduct.”
  2. If a child is not following these rules or their behavior is inappropriate or is disruptive to other library customers or staff, staff will attempt to locate the parent or caregiver, inform them of the child’s behavior and expect them to supervise the child for the remainder of their visit or remove the child from the library.

Unattended Child

  1. A child at the library who is not with a parent or caregiver or whose parent or caregiver cannot be readily located in the library is an “unattended child.”
  2. Staff will try to locate the parent or caregiver if an unattended child’s behavior is inappropriate or disruptive, or if the child’s safety is at risk.
  3. If the parent or caregiver cannot be located, library staff may call the police for assistance.

Closing Time

  1. An unattended child may use the library’s phone to call home for a ride.
  2. If a child is not picked up by closing time, police may be notified.