Responsibilities of Parents/Caregivers

The following are guidelines to help ensure that your child’s library time is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable.

  • Parents or guardians are responsible for their children when they visit the public library.
  • Children under six must be supervised by a responsible person who stays with them at all times. As a general rule, this means a caregiver old enough to take full responsibility for a child. Libraries should not replace daycare provisions for very young children.
  • Children are expected to engage in appropriate activities, and if unable to do so, will be asked to leave.
  • Please pick your child up before closing time. The police will be notified if children eleven and younger are not picked up by closing time.
  • Make arrangements with your children so they do not have to call you for rides. Library telephones are for calls concerning library business, and are not for patrons to use except in emergency situations.
  • If your child is coming directly from school, assess whether they need something to eat of some physical outlet first.
  • Explain acceptable and not acceptable behavior to your child. Disruptive behavior may result in being unable to use the library for brief periods of time.
  • Provide your child with a telephone number where you can be reached at all times in case of emergencies.
  • Teach your child how to take care of him/herself in public places, including how to deal with strangers, and what to do if they feel threatened.