Although they rarely make national headlines, as people who work in the library system, we often hear the horror stories of what can happen when children are left in the library unattended. But the truth is, it doesn't take leaving your child alone in the library for something awful to happen. Recently, at Gail Borden Library in Elgin, a child walked away from a mom who was helping her other child. It took an hour for police to find him, during which the library was in lock-down, but when they eventually picked him up, he had walked a mile away.
You can read more about it here, but the truth of the matter is... here at the library we keep policies about keeping children under 8 near you for a reason. It isn't that we think this is an unsafe area in which to live, but accidents can happen anywhere. There are sliding glass doors that move when there is motion, and although we do our best to keep an eye on the library, there are always moments where we are helping others and can't see every person or child that leaves the library.
We hope that you are understanding of our policies, but most of all, we hope that all children stay safe while they are in our library.