3.03 Unattended Child and/or Disruptive Child Policy

In order to ensure the safety of children and a comfortable atmosphere for all our patrons: 1) Parents may not leave children under 7 unattended in the Library. 2) Disruptive children age 7 and older will be directed to leave after one warning.

Children Left Unattended
If a child is lost or left unattended, a staff member will try to identify and locate the parent or responsible adult.

  1. A staff member will walk around the Library with the child looking for the parent.
  2. When the parent is found the staff member will explain the policy.
  3. If the parent is not found, a staff member will stay with the child until the parent can be located through patron cards, the phone book, etc.
  4. If the parents have not been located within one half hour, or if the Library is closing, a staff member will turn the child over to the police.

Disruptive Behavior
Children Under Age 7

  1. A staff member will ask the young person to stop the disruptive behavior.
  2. If the disruptive behavior continues a staff member will inform the parent or responsible adult.
  3. In the event that the parents are unable or refuse to control the child, the parent or responsible adult will be directed to remove the child from the premises.
  4. If the parent/responsible adult refuses to remove the child from the premises, then the parent/responsible adult will be asked to leave the library.
  5. If the parent/responsible adult refuses to leave the library, the police will be called.

Children Age 7 and Over

  1. A staff member will ask the young person to stop the disruptive behavior, and warn him/her that the next time he/she may be directed to leave.
  2. If the young person does not comply with instructions from the staff, the staff may call the parent or the police for assistance.

Adopted: March 1992
Revised: April 1993
Reviewed: April 1996
Reviewed: January 2000
Revised: August 2004
Revised: February 2009
Reviewed: May 2009