on Unattended Children
The Library is intended to be a place where children are welcomed. They
are encouraged to read, to explore various electronic formats, to attend
programs and to make full use of the library resources.
For the safety of minor children, and the enjoyment of all patrons using
the library, the library has developed and follows a specific policy regarding
unattended children. If you have questions regarding this policy, please do not
hesitate to ask staff to explain.
children, under the age of ten, shall at all times be attended and adequately
supervised by an adult.
age ten to thirteen, may be left unattended no more than one hour. The person
responsible for the child must leave a telephone number with the child, where
they may be contacted or the name and telephone number of another responsible
person who can transport the child home if necessary.
are responsible for the behavior of all minor children at all times, even if
they are not in the library with the child.
Library staff do not serve in loco parentis. If a child’s behavior is not appropriate for the library,
and they do not respond to appropriate guidance by library staff, the parent
will be contacted to remove the child from the library. If the parent cannot be reached, and the child’s behavior
is deemed dangerous or unduly disruptive, the police will be called.
4. A parent or other designated adult must stay in the library during preschool story times. A parent or other designated adult must bring the child into the story hour room to sign in the child at the start of story hour and to sign the child out at the end of the hour. No child will be able to leave the story hour room without the parent or designated adult.
5. If a child is left at the library without a way home at closing time, library staff will call the child’s home. The police will then be called to bring the child to the station to await pick up.
6. Parents are reminded that under the appropriate circumstances, the following State Laws may apply:
Contribution to Delinquency (of a minor);
169-B:45 Parental Responsibility
for Vandalism by minors;
169-C:3 (I) and 3(XIX) Neglect of
Children through Abandonment.
in this policy, the term “parent” may include legal guardians, or other
persons having custody or control of a minor.
Adopted by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees 3/18/03