Unattended Child Policy
In an effort to provide a comfortable atmosphere for all
persons using the library, and in order to provide for the general safety of
children using the Library, the following rules and regulations shall be and
are a matter of policy:
1. Parents or
caregivers may not leave children under the age of 8 years unattended in the
library. A caregiver is defined as a
parent, another adult, or an adolescent 12 years of age or older. Children 8 years of age and older may be
unaccompanied and must comply with the library behavior policy. If disruptive, a patron is reminded of this
policy. If unacceptable behavior
continues, the patron must leave the building and library grounds.
2. Children under the
age of 8 years may be left unaccompanied during the time they are attending a
library-sponsored program only. Responsible
adults will return to the Library for their children and be available when a
scheduled event is publicized as ending.
3. Children 8 years
and under must be directly supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver at all
times while in the library. Parents or
caregivers are responsible for the safety and appropriate behavior of each
child in their care. Parents or
caregivers cannot leave young children unattended in the Children’s Corner or
any other area of the library while using other parts of the library.
4. At no time will
the Library assume the responsibility of surrogate care provider for children
in the Library.
5. If unattended
children are found in the library during regular operating hours, Library staff
will attempt to contact the parents.
When the children are picked up, the parent or caregiver will be given a
copy of this policy.
6. If any unattended
children are in the library at closing time, Library staff will contact the
Belmond Police Department, and an officer will come to the Library for the
7. The Talbot Belmond
Public Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on
library premises. When the safety of an
unattended child is in doubt, staff will attempt to contact the parents or
caregivers. If they are not readily
available, staff will contact the Belmond Police Department.
Adopted by Library Board of Trustees March 17, 2008
Reviewed and approved by Library Board February 2011