Unattended Children Policy

 

 

In an effort to provide a Library environment that allows patrons of all ages to use the David & Joyce Milne Public Library and its collections and services in a safe and unrestricted manner, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted a policy statement concerning unattended children.

Unattended Children

The safety of children left alone in a library building is a serious concern. Librarians, staff and volunteers are not responsible for children who are unattended. Parents or caregivers may not leave children under the age of 10 years unattended in the Library.

Children Left at Closing

Should it be determined that a child has been left at the library without a ride or assistance home at closing time, every attempt will be made to contact an adult or family member. Staff are not permitted to remain after hours with an unattended child nor give him/her a ride home. If an adult or family member cannot be reached, the Williamstown Police will be called to escort the child home or keep the child until parents can be reached. Staff member will remain with the child until the police have arrived. The Library Director will be informed whenever this action becomes necessary. The Director will contact the child’s parent or guardian to explain the library policy and why the action was required.

Library Hours…remember, library doors are locked 10 minutes before the building is emptied, which is reflected in the hours noted below.

Monday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

Tuesday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – 7:50 p.m. (building empty by 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

Saturday – 10:00 a.m.  – 3:50 p.m. (building empty by 4:00 p.m.)

Amended – May 14, 2014