Notice to Parents
While a public library might seem a place of safety for unaccompanied children it is not. Staff cannot and should not be expected to act in loco parentis; parents themselves must assume responsibility for both the safety and conduct of their minor children.
For their safety, children younger than ten years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or another person sixteen years old or older designated by the parent or guardian to be responsible for the child while he or she is in the library.
Such children younger ten than must be under the direct visual supervision of a parent, guardian or another person sixteen years old or older designated by the parent or guardian to be responsible for the child while he or she is in the library. Children younger than ten years old may not be deposited in the children’s department while the parents access the adult computers. Parents are expected to assure that the behavior of their minor children does not interfere with the use of the library by other patrons, adult or children.
Disruptive juveniles may be asked to disperse or leave the library at the staff’s discretion.
Parents are requested to park their cars and come into the library to pick up their children at least 15 minutes before the library closes.
Children who have not been picked up at the time the library closes will be placed in the care of the Police Department or the Department of Family and Children Services. Should this action be necessary the Branch Manager and/or Director should be immediately notified, and an Incident Report should be forwarded to the Director.
Under no circumstances should a staff member provide transportation to a patron, since this raises liability issues should an accident occur.