Unattended Children

Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the library. The Johnsburg Public Library staff is committed to help children with activities related to the library. However, the library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. In order to prevent undue disruption of normal library activities, to accommodate the general welfare of all persons using the library, and to provide general safety of children using the Johnsburg Public Library, the Library Board of Trustees has approved the following rules as policy:

  1. All children attending Story Hour, ages 2-5, shall attend with a responsible adult remaining in the building during the assigned story hour.
  2. All children 7 years of age or younger shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible adult or mature adolescent 13 years of age or older.
  3. Children 8 years of age or older may use the library unattended providing proper behavior is maintained. Parents will be contacted if any inappropriate behavior occurs.
  4. When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or if the Library is closing, Library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.
  5. In all situations, children with disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the library building and property. Procedures for inappropriate behavior will take effect immediately. The Johnsburg Public Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises, including prior to or following all scheduled events.
  6. In the event a young person is still at the library 15 minutes after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that 15 minutes to reach parents, but in no instance will staff take young people home.

 

UNATTENDED CHILDREN PARENTAL NOTIFICATION LETTER

Dear                                        ,

 

The Johnsburg Public Library has recently experienced an incident involving your child,                                                        , where they were on Library grounds unattended by you or a responsible caregiver. A copy of the Library’s policy on Unattended Children is enclosed here for your attention. We ask that you review this policy and make every effort to follow it. We do not wish to suspend Library privileges for you or your family, but the safety of children as well as the proper operation of the Library is our first responsibility. If you have any questions regarding this policy or its enforcement, please contact the undersigned.

 

Very Truly Yours,

 

                                                         

Board President or Library Director