UNATTENDED CHILDREN POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Board approved 10/3/01
The physical safety of children left alone in a public library building is a serious concern of the library staff. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent or childcare provider and not with library personnel. Librarians cannot be responsible for children who are unattended or demonstrating inappropriate behavior. The following guidelines will be followed concerning the care and behavior of young library users:
Children under the age of nine must have a parent or responsible child care provider present in the Library.
Children under the age of four must be attended by a parent or responsible child-care provider at all times.
Children between the ages of four and eight attending a Library program must be brought into the building by a parent or responsible child care provider who must remain in the building until the conclusion of the program, when they resume supervision of the child.
If an unattended child calls attention to him/herself, a staff member will attempt to locate the parent or child-care provider.
If the staff member is unable to locate the parent or child-care provider, a staff member will notify the police.
Definition: Any action defined as prohibited conduct in the Conduct in the Library policy is defined as disruptive behavior.
Enforcement of these rules for children under age nine may take the following forms, depending on the severity of the misconduct, which will be determined by the staff on duty.
In most cases, an attended child under nine who is being disruptive will be given one warning. If a child does not modify his/her behavior after one warning, the parent or child-care provider may be asked to take the child out of the Library.
For children under nine who are disruptive and are not attended by a parent or child-care provider, the staff member on duty will ask the child to correct his/her behavior and take appropriate action as outlined in the Unattended Children portion of this policy.