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Unattended Children Policy

In order to prevent undue disruption of normal library activities , and in order to provide for the general welfare of all persons using the library, and in order to provide for the general safety of children using the Keck Memorial Library, the following rules and regulations are made a matter of policy.

 

1.     All children age five years or younger shall, at all times, be attended and adequately    supervised by a responsible person, either an adult or a mature adolescent.

 

2.     Children who are over five years of age, but who are less than nine years of age may be left unattended for up to one-half hour in the library, except during scheduled library programs.  During this time the person responsible for the supervision of the child or children may elect to be absent for the duration of the program.  If the person responsible for supervision intends to leave the building while the child remains at the library, then that person shall leave word at the central desk area as to their whereabouts.  However, persons responsible for children who have special problems, related to physical or mental ability, disruptive behavior, emotional problems, lack of adequate attention span, incomplete social skills, etc., shall remain with their children at all times.

 

3.     Children nine years and older may use the library unattended, subject, of course to other rules and regulations formulated by the Keck Memorial Public Library concerning behavior, conduct, and demeanor.

 

4.     Children who cannot supervise themselves in accordance with library policy should not be left unattended in the library.  Library staff will not provide day care service for children left in the library.

 

5.     When unattended children are left in the library at closing time, the staff will attempt to contact parents or guardians.  If it is not possible to make telephone contact, or if the telephone call does not result in prompt arrival of those responsible for the child, the police department will be called and will assume responsibility for the situation.

 

The Keck Memorial Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on the library premises.