Unattended or Disruptive Children
Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for the behavior, safety, checkout choices, computer use, and supervision of their children, regardless of age, while in the library or on library property. Library employees are unable to assume the responsibility of supervising any minor.
Children are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that does not interfere with others or that does not disturb the nature of library programs and services.
Supervision guidelines for children:
- Ages 9 and under must be within reach of a caregiver, age 13 or older at all times
- Ages 10 and above may be in the library without a caregiver’s supervision
Contact of Parent or Guardian and/or Public Safety:
Library staff may attempt to contact a parent, legal guardian, caregiver, or public safety when:
- The health or safety of an unattended child is in doubt
- A child is frightened while alone in the library
- A child has been left unattended for an extended period of time, or multiple times
Unattended Minors at Closing Time:
We request that all unattended minors be picked up at least ten minutes before closing time. If a minor is left after closing time for over 10 minutes, or if a child under the age of 10 is left unattended at the library, public safety may be called. Staff will not be responsible if unattended children of any age leave the library premises alone or with other persons. Under no circumstance will a library staff member transport a minor to another location.