The Person County Public Library welcomes children of all ages. Our goal is to provide a safe and pleasant environment for children to foster a positive experience during their visit.
The safety of children in the library is a serious concern. The library staff has multiple duties to perform in order to serve all library users. Therefore, they cannot monitor the behavior or whereabouts of each child visiting the library. Staff does not serve in loco parentis for children who visit the library. Parents/Caretakers must accompany children 12 years of age and under. Parents/Caretakers are responsible for providing supervision for children in the library.
To foster a positive library experience and for the safety of each child, Person County Public Library has adopted the following safe child policy:
*A responsible caregiver is defined in this policy as an adult who brings a child/children to the library whether it is a parent, caregiver, teacher, tutor, or other relative (at least 16 years of age) All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver who has contact information for the child’s legal guardian in the event of an emergency.
*The library expects that children under the age of 12 will be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. If the library staff is aware of an unattended child, they will attempt to contact a parent or guardian. If library staff is unable to locate a parent/guardian, they will contact the appropriate authorities.
*The library expects parents/caregivers to keep children within sight and hearing range at all time during their visit.
*The library expects parents/caregivers to supervise their children and ensure their behavior is not disturbing to other library users. Staff members may approach a child, parent, or caregiver to address disruptive behavior witnessed. If the disruptive behavior continues, the child/parent may be asked to leave the library.
*The library expects parents/caregivers to model appropriate behavior by monitoring their own noise level, activities, and conversations and those of their children. Appropriate library activities include choosing materials, sitting at tables to read or work on projects, or using a computer. Talking should not be louder than the general noise level.
*The library expects parents/caregivers to set age appropriate time limits for library visits. A child who is hungry, tired, or ill will not have a positive experience. The library encourages parents/caregivers to be aware of time limits, as attention spans can be short.
*The library encourages parents/caregivers to bring children to age appropriate programs. The library expects parents/caregivers to remain on the premises (in the library where the parent/caregiver is accessible to the child) until the program has ended.
*The library expects parents/caregivers to accompany their child/children while they are using any public computers. Children under 12 are not allowed to use a computer without adult supervision.
*The library expects parents/caregivers who are using a public computer to keep their children with them. Children are not to be left unattended in the Children’s area while their parent/caregiver is using a public computer.
Your cooperation and adherence to these policies will help us to maintain a pleasant and safe environment in your public library.
Approved by the Person County Library Advisory Board 10/8/12