Delmar Public Library welcomes library use by children of all ages. The library staff hopes that children will experience the Library as an inviting place to be. Many services are offered to make the Library enticing and to help children enjoy their visits, develop a love of books, reading, and libraries. Parents, guardians, and caregivers should be mindful that the Library is a public building open to all individuals, and that unattended children are vulnerable.
In order to prevent disruption of Library activities, to provide for the general welfare of all persons using the Library, and to maintain a safe environment for all children using the Library, the following rules and regulations are the policy at the Delmar Public Library:
All children age 12 and under shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person e.g. an adult or mature adolescent at least 16 years of age.
Children age 13 years and older may use the Library unattended.
All children ages 17 and younger must abide by the Rules Governing Use of the Library (Section OPO-XVII-1) and are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or removal of Library privileges or removal from the Library.
If children under the age of 13 are found unattended in the Library, the library staff will assist them in calling their parents, or other responsible adult, to inform them of the policy.
If children under the age of 13 are found unattended at closing time, the library staff will assist them in contacting their parents, or other responsible adult, and inform them of the policy. Staff cannot assume responsibility for a child left unattended once the Library has closed.
If indicated, police may be called in accordance with established guidelines.
Parents, guardians, and caregivers should be aware that even during a children’s program, staff cannot take over parental or child care responsibilities for children who come into the Library and cannot guarantee that every child’s whereabouts will be monitored at all times. Parents should discuss with their child what arrangements they have made for the child to go home after the program and instruct the child not to leave the building except as arranged. If children are left unattended at closing, police may be called in accordance with established guidelines.
The Delmar Public Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on Library premises. If police are called in either of the two above situations, staff should notify the Library Director or his/her designee and explain why the police have been notified.
Parents who leave children unattended or disregard this policy may be reported to the appropriate social services and/or law enforcement agency and may lose library privileges if the library staff has concern for the child’s safety or welfare.