Child Safety

We are a public library and open to all.

Parents and caregivers are responsible for the behavior of their children while in the library.

Children under the age of twelve (12) must be attended by a caregiver, within sight and attentive to the child. Siblings age twelve (12) and older may act as caregivers to younger siblings.

Children age twelve (12) and older may be left unattended for a period of time, not to exceed four (4) hours, to complete homework assignments or special projects. Children left unattended should know how to reach a parent or guardian. Children left unattended should also know who is picking them up and when. Children left unattended at the library are free to leave the building. The staff cannot regulate when or with whom children leave the library.

Parents should be aware of the library closing time and program-end times, so children are not waiting unreasonable lengths of time to be picked up. Please advise children to wait inside the building to avoid the hazards of the street and parking lot.

Staff members will not transport children from the library to any other location. Library staff has the right to address issues related to child safety, as they arise. If a problem arises with children of any age, and we are unable to locate or contact the parent or guardian, the police will be called.

Revised and approved by the Board of Trustees on September 19, 2019.