The library takes the safety of its young visitors very seriously. Our policies reflect this concern for safety and expects all users to maintain a respectful and courteous manner when visiting our facilities.
Attendance at the Library
- Children ages 11 and younger should have an adult or caregiver within sight and sound range at all times.
- Caregivers must be at least 16 years of age. They do not need to be related to the child.
- The adult/caregiver is responsible for the actions of the children in their care. Library staff cannot take responsibility for the care of any child.
- Children ages 12 to 15 should not be left unattended in the library for extended periods of time. The allowable length of time will be determined by a staff member and will depend on the age and conduct of the child.
- All children should have the telephone number of someone who can assist them in an emergency.
- Staff are empowered to administer this policy as needed, including when the child’s safety is at risk or when the child is behaving in a disruptive manner.
Lost or Unattended Children
If it is determined that a child age 15 or younger has been left unattended in the library, staff will take the following steps. The steps could also be taken for a lost or unattended child who is over age 15, if the staff member believes that the safety of the child requires it.
- The child will be questioned to obtain the parent's/caregiver's name and telephone number.
- Staff will call the parent/caregiver, inform him/her of the library's concern for the child's safety, and request that they pick up the child immediately. Staff will inform the parent/caregiver that if the child is not picked up within the agreed upon pickup time, the local police will be called.
- When the parent/caregiver arrives, staff will give him/her a copy of the parent letter that explains library policy.
- If the parent/caregiver cannot be reached within 30 minutes, or if they do not respond within the agreed upon pickup time, staff will call the local police.
- Once the child is in the care of the police, staff will leave a note on the library door stating, "Unattended child is in the custody of the [township name] police, [address; phone].” Names will not be stated on the sign.