Unattended Children Policy

Q: Can I leave my child unattended at the library?

A: Children of all ages are encouraged to use the Meadows Valley Public Library for homework, recreational reading, and program attendance and it is our desire to make this important visit both memorable and enjoyable for the child.  The library staff realizes that the library will be noisier at busy times and that children by nature can cause more commotion. However, children (whether with parents or not) who are being continually disruptive will be given a warning that he/she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library. Therefore, it is the library policy that all children under age eight must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library.

Levels of supervision required:

1. Children under the age of three must always be in close proximity
and within sight of the adult responsible for their safety.

2. Children under the age of eight must be directly supervised by a
parent or responsible caregiver at all times while in the library.

3. Children eight and older may be left unattended providing they are
mature enough to follow library rules and observe proper conduct.  
Such children are subject to the same rules of behavior as other 
patrons and the same consequences, including being asked to leave
the library.

4. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by a 
parent, guardian, or caregiver age 12 or older at all times and in all
areas of the library and its property except when participating in a
library sponsored children’s program, such as Story Time.

Q: What if there is an emergency while my child is at the library?

A: In the case of an emergency or unexpected library closing, every reasonable effort will be made by the staff to assist the child in contacting an appropriate adult. If no responsible adult is reached or the child is not picked up within 30 minutes of library closing, library personnel may notify the police to assume custody of the child.


Last updated: January 29, 2014 - 3:02pm by meadowsvalley