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Safe Child Policy
Parent/Guardian-Library Partnership
Thank you for bringing your child to visit the library. Library visits have a direct connection with
children growing into readers. We can help you find books and materials appropriate for your
children’s age, interests, and reading levels, answer your questions about how children grow into
readers, and provide you and your family with a variety of educational and enriching activities.
Our role in this partnership is to select diverse, quality materials that will challenge, interest,
and inform children. We will be glad to make recommendations for your child based on your
personal criteria. Please remember, however, that we are a public library; we collect materials
suitable and of interest to all segments of the public.
Your role in this partnership is to see that materials borrowed by your child are appropriate for
that individual child. The library staff does not limit choices or censor materials. It is also your
responsibility to make your child aware of the obligation to return materials in a timely manner
and in good condition.
Our Safe Child Rules & Expectations
Any public place may be dangerous for a child who is left unattended even for brief periods of
time. Staff members cannot know or be responsible if children are leaving the building with
responsible caregivers or with strangers. When a child is left at the library without a parent or
caregiver, the child’s boredom, fatigue or fear may lead to behavior that disrupts the services the
library staff provides for them and for others. The Library encourages parents and caregivers to
consider the safety and well being of their children, as in any other public place, and the needs of
other library users of all ages.
• We expect parents/caregivers to be responsible for their children’s behavior in
the library, whether or not the parents/responsible persons are present.
• We expect parents to understand and explain the library rules to their children. The rules
and policies have been developed to safeguard the collection and ensure fairness for all
library users. Complete silence is no longer a rule in our library; conversational voices are
usually fine and even mild “fussy” behavior in the youngest. We do ask for children to be
taught consideration of others while in the library. Younger children
Date approved: 5/14/12
Approved by: Lone Cone Library District Board of Trustees
Date amended/ modified: 2/13/2023
who become very upset and cannot be calmed should be taken outdoors “to catch their
breath.” Children who are unhappy during their time in the library are more likely to
grow up not liking libraries, books, or reading. The library needs to be an enjoyable
place for them and for other patrons as well.
• We expect all children under the age of 8 to be accompanied by an adult at all times
while visiting the library, unless they are participating in a library program, such as
STEAM. The library in no way assumes responsibility for any child, of any age, left
unattended in the building.
• We expect all children and teens, as well as adults, to use appropriate language and
behavior in the library. Those who do not will be asked to leave.
• We expect parents to set reasonable time limits for their children’s library visits.
Parents/caregivers must remain in the library during programs if their child is under 8
years of age and parents are encouraged to attend programs with their children.
Children 8 and older may attend library programs without a parent, but parents must
promptly pick up children upon conclusion of the program.
• We expect parents to be responsible for the types of materials checked out by their
children and their selection choices. The library staff does not limit choices or
censor materials.
• We expect parents to maintain control of their children while visiting the library.
Please remember that the library staff’s professional services do not include
baby-sitting, disciplining, or supervising.
• We expect parents who attend children’s programming with their children to set
the example and demonstrate good listening habits.
• We expect parents/caregivers of children between the ages of 8 and 12 to have a
responsible plan for picking up their children by closing time. Under no circumstances
will a staff member drive a child home. If a child is not claimed within 15 minutes
following the scheduled closing of the library, law enforcement will be notified of the
Help Your Child Become a Lifelong Reader
As a parent, the most important thing you can do to help your child learn to read and develop as a
reader is to read aloud to them. You don’t need expensive products that promise instant reading success
and deliver less than perfect results. Children of all ages benefit from parents sitting down with them
and reading aloud from a book, magazine, or even a comic page of the newspaper. Be a role model for
your child. Children will emulate your actions more than your words. Let them see you reading for
pleasure. Show them the importance of being a lifelong learner and that the library is a wonderful place
to continue that learning experience. Make going to the library a regular excursion for you and your
Date approved: 5/14/12
Approved by: Lone Cone Library District Board of Trustees
Date amended/ modified: 2/13/2023