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Unattended Children's Policy

Unattended Children Policy

The public library is a place where any person may come to read, relax, work, look for books and other information, etc. It is a place where people of all ages are welcome. Children, as well as adults, should feel they are welcome at any time. The library should not be a threatening place for a child; therefore, the following policy has been established.

Children seven (7) years of age and younger may not be left unattended in the Library.

Children between the ages of eight (8) and ten (10) may be left alone in the Library for no longer than 30 minutes until 5:00 pm.

No child up to the age of ten (10) may be left in the Library unattended after 5:00 pm .

A parent or other adult responsible for a child must supervise that child while in the Library.

If a child is left unattended at the time the Library is closing, whether it is our regular closing time or for a snow emergency or some other unforeseen reason, the Police Department will be notified, and the child will be picked up by a Police person. The child will be taken to the Police Station to await pick-up. We will try to notify parents by telephone, but if this is not possible, a note will be left on the Library’s doors, indicating where the child is.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees, January 24, 1990 .