Children in the Library
The Liberty Public Library welcomes children to use the library and its resources. We strive to offer many programs to make libraries enjoyable for children and to help them develop a lifelong love of reading, books and libraries. Unfortunately, children left alone for several hours when no library programs are offered, often become disruptive and bored. In order to maintain a safe, enjoyable, and peaceful atmosphere for all public library users, we ask your cooperation with the following policy:
CHILDREN MUST FOLLOW THE SAME RULES OF CONDUCT AS STATED FOR ALL PATRONS WITH THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS:
1. Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the library-they must be accompanied by a parent or supervised by someone at least 15 years of age.
2. Children aged 10 and older may be left unattended in the library for a reasonable amount of time, generally not to exceed 1-2 hours. (Special consideration will be made for children involved in extensive research or projects at staff discretion.)
3. The library is not to be used as a latchkey/babysitting site at any time, but especially not after-school or during school district half days.
4. Children in the library need to know how to contact a parent/guardian and have change available for payphones. They should also be aware of the library's closing time.
**STAFF WILL NOTIFY PARENTS OF THIS POLICY WHEN CHILDREN ARE LEFT UNATTENDED REPEATEDLY AND/OR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. (IF NECESSARY, THE POLICE OR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES MAY BE CONTACTED.)
**PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, NOT LIBRARY STAFF, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN VISITING THE LIBRARY.
**CHILDREN WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE LIBRARY PREMISES IF PROPER BEHAVIOR IS NOT MAINTAINED. FOR REPEATED OR EXTREME BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS, CHILDREN MAY BE BANNED FROM THE LIBRARY FOR A PERIOD OF TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE LIBRARIAN.
Adopted by Board of Trustees: March 26, 2002/ Revised March 23, 2010