If Your Child Visits the Library Alone

Children are welcome in the library.

Serving children is a vital part of the library mission and we’re happy they are here to learn, read, play with educational toys and games, meet friends and attend our great programs for kids.

Children’s safety

The library is a public place. Children left alone may be vulnerable and at risk.

The role of library staff

Staff are not able to take over parental or child care responsibilities for children who come into the library.

Parents’ responsibility

Parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring their children’s safety and supervising their children’s behavior.

Children's responsibility

All library users are asked to respect library property and to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the library. Children are subject to the same Rules of Conduct as other patrons, and the same consequences, including being asked to leave the library.

Required supervision

Children age seven and younger must be supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver age twelve or older at all times while in the library or on library grounds.Children age four and younger must always be in close proximity and within sight of the person responsible for their safety. People of any age with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities which affect their behavior or decision-making skills must be accompanied by a parent or capable caregiver at all times.

To protect unattended children

Parents, guardians, and designated adults are required to be familiar with the library’s hours and to make advance arrangements to transport their children before the library closes. If a child is left unattended at the library in circumstances that give library staff cause for concern about the child’s safety or welfare, staff may contact child protective or law enforcement authorities.

If you have questions, please contact the Library Director, Sarah Ward