Children are always welcome in the West Bridgewater Public Library. We care for the safety and well being of our young patrons. While library staff is always working to create a safe environment for all, it is necessary for parents and caregivers to do their part to ensure that this is so.
CHILDREN AGED 8 AND UNDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. THE LIBRARY CANNOT ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUNG CHILDREN.
The physical make-up of the long building with its many corners makes it impossible to see patrons at all times. This is especially true of small children who may suffer an injury or may leave the public areas if left unattended. Adults must keep children with them. Staff must not be placed in the position of supervising children too young to be left unattended.
CHILDREN 9 AND OVER MAY BE LEFT UNATTENDED AT THE DISCRETION OF A RESPONSIBLE ADULT. IF THE ADULT FEELS IT IS UNSAFE FOR THE CHILD TO LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION, THE CHILD SHOULD NOT BE IN THE LIBRARY UNATTENDED.
Children may be left alone for a period of time deemed necessary to research an assignment, complete a homework task, attend a library program, or for a period of time to select books, and read in the library. The Library facilities are meant to be used for study, quiet conversation, searching for materials, and computer use. Children are expected to display appropriate behavior, conducive to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the building for all patrons. The child will be asked to leave the premises if proper behavior is not maintained or if the child is not utilizing the library’s facilities. Children must know how to reach an adult in case of an emergency, and both child and adult should be aware of library open hours. At closing time, police will be notified to escort unattended children from the library.
PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, NOT LIBRARY STAFF, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN VISITING THE LIBRARY.
Adopted: April 14, 2010