The Avalon Free Public Library welcomes young patrons and families to use its resources and facilities. However, the safety of children left alone in our building is a concern to the library Trustees and library staff. No public place can guarantee the safety of children and the ultimate responsibility for child safety rests with the child’s parent or guardian. Therefore, AFPL has adopted the following guidelines regarding children in library facilities:
1. Children under the age of 8 may not be left unattended in the library.
2. All children should know or have in their possession emergency contact information.
3. Care providers for those children under the age of 8 must be at least 15 years of age and must directly supervise their charges at all times.
4. A person of any age who does not abide by library rules will be asked to leave the library. However, in concern for the safety of children, the library will follow the guidelines in #5.
5. If a child is found without a parent or caregiver, the staff will:
· - Attempt to comfort the child, if necessary.
· - Locate the parent or caregiver in the library and explain the Youth Safety Policy
· - Make every effort to contact the parent or caregiver who is not in the library to come and pick up the child.
· - Call the Avalon Police to pick up the child, if the parent or caregiver cannot be located within 30 minutes during library hours, and 15 minutes at the library’s closing. The Director shall be contacted if the police are called.
· - Remain with the child until the parent or caregiver or police arrive.
· - Leave a note on the Library door stating “unattended child is in the custody of the Avalon Police, once the child is in the care of the police. Names will not be stated on the sign.
· - Not transport any child from the Library to another location.
6. Children who are sick should not be brought to library programs, where illnesses are easily spread to other children.Add Content...