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YOUTH SAFETY POLICY

The library welcomes youth to use its facilities and services. Responsibility for the behavior and well
being of
children using the library rests with the parent (or guardian or caregiver assigned by the
parent) and not with the
library personnel.

Library staff members cannot supervise children in the library.

The safety of all children left alone in the library is a serious concern. Young children left on their own
often
become frightened or anxious.

CHILDREN, UNATTENDED

Children under the age of ten years may not be left unattended by an adult (18 years or older) when in
any part
of the library. If children under the age of ten are found without an adult, staff will attempt to
locate the parent
or other caregiver. If the parent or caregiver cannot be located in the building or at
home within 30 minutes, the
police department will be contacted to pick up the child.

PRESCHOOLER, PROGRAMS

During storytimes or other programs, adults who do not attend the program with the child must remain
in the
library and must return to the storytime area by the end of the program.

YOUTH IN THE LIBRARY

No public place, including the Library, can guarantee the safety of children. Parents and guardians are reminded that as a facility open to the public, anyone may enter and use the facilities. Therefore, it is recommended that even youth over 10 years of age be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver
when visiting the library.

UNATTENDED YOUTH AT CLOSING

When youth over the age of 10 visit the library without an adult they should have definite arrangements
to be
picked up by closing time. Staff is not permitted to remain after hours with an unattended child
or to give
children a ride home. If a child is left unattended in the library at closing, the staff will attempt
to locate the
parents or caregiver. For the safety of the child, the staff will not leave a child under the
age of 10, or older
children where circumstances merit, outside to wait on a ride. If a parent or
caregiver cannot be reached by the
time the library is to close, the police department will be called
to escort the child home or keep the child until
parents can be reached.


Approved 01-21-02

Revised 03-15-10