Unattended Children Policy

Policy on Unattended or Disruptive Children


The library welcomes all children to use their facilities and services. However, responsibility for children using the library rests with the parent/guardian or assigned chaperone, not with library personnel.

Ages 10 or Under


Children ages 10 or under should not be left unattended in the library; they must be accompanied by an adult or a responsible caregiver. Responsible parties must remain in the library while children attend story time or other programs.

Children Older Than 10


Children older than 10 may use the library unattended subject to other policies and procedures adopted by the library concerning behavior, conduct and demeanor. Disruptive children will not be allowed to interfere with library service to other patrons.

Consequences for Unacceptable Behavior


Individuals who with unacceptable behavior will be asked to leave the library.
  • First, a verbal warning will be issued and the patron will be asked to correct the behavior in question.
  • If a 2nd warning is given, the person(s) will be asked to leave the library.
  • A 3rd warning for minors will result in a parent/guardian conference with library management for re-admittance.

Disruptive Behavior


Disruptive behavior is any behavior within the library which infringes on the rights of others using the library. The library cannot assume responsibility for persons or property outside the building.

Computer Use


Children aged 10 and under must use the computers in the Children’s Wing and be accompanied by a parent or designated guardian. Parents or designated guardians are responsible for overseeing their children’s Internet use. Youth aged 11-13 may use the computers in the open area of the Teen Section. Teens aged 14-18 are able to use the computers inside the Teen Room and in the Adult computer area. All ages must comply with the Patron Code of Conduct.

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