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Unattended Children Policy

Library Policy concerning unattended children.


Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the Library. The Mt. Zion District Library staff is committed to help children with activities related to the Library. However, Library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges. Whenever advisable, the Library will notify the parent of incidents involving an unattended child. [Form follows.]

            Children under the age of  nine (9) must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver. 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.

            From time to time, the Mt. Zion District Library schedules or provides programs which are designed and suitable for attendance by children without parental supervision. Such program announcements will so indicate, and if no indication is included, then supervision is required.  When so indicated, if the parent or caregiver intends to be absent, they must leave word at the circulation desk as to their whereabouts and a phone number where they or a responsible adult can be contacted.

            Children over the age of nine (9) may use the Library unattended by an adult, subject to other Library rules and policies concerning behavior, conduct, and demeanor.

Part of the library's Public Service Policy  Reviewed and revised Nov. 20, 2018