Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Would You Leave Your Child Alone at the Mall?

With the school year getting under way, we wanted to remind you that our library, much like the mall, is a large building that is open to the public. While the Youth Services department is filled with fun things like a boat, puppets, puzzles and computers to keep children busy while a parent or caregiver runs to another floor to get a magazine or a movie or across the street for a cup of coffee, the library also is a busy place with stairs and elevators that provide quick moving children with easy access to other floors of the library as well as outside.

The staff on the second floor are as vigilant as possible when it comes to wandering children ,but are often helping patrons amongst the shelves of books and cannot keep an eye on everyone all of the times, which is why the library has an Unattended Children Policy. This policy may be found on our website as well as posted throughout the building. The policy, designed to ensure that everyone has a pleasant visit to the library reads, "Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are on Library property. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible caregiver 16 years or older at all times in all areas of the library." Our goal is for the library to be a fun, happy place to visit and with your help, we can continue to make that goal a reality.

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