VERONA PUBLIC LIBRARY

SAFE CHILD POLICY

The Verona Public Library welcomes children to its facilities and services.  However, the responsibility for the care, safety and behavior of children using the library rests with the parent/guardian or caregiver.

Children up to the age of 6 must have a caregiver within sight and conversation distance at all times.

Children through grade 4 must have a responsible caregiver age 18 or older on the premises.

Children, like all library patrons, are expected to behave appropriately to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the building for all patrons.  A disruptive child will be asked to leave the premises if proper behavior is not maintained.  Habitual behavior problems may result in suspension from the Library or the limitation of other library privileges.  Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children.

Children must know how to reach an adult in case of an emergency, and both child and adult should be aware of library hours.  The library does not offer a public telephone.  If a child is left unattended at closing time, the staff will make every effort to contact the parent or caregiver.  As a final resort, law enforcement officials will be notified to escort the child from the library.

Parents and caregivers are advised that libraries are public places.  In libraries, as in all public places, “stranger danger” is a real concern.  Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting or leaving the library with persons who are not appropriate caregivers.

Proper supervision also helps to prevent accidents and injuries.

Your compliance with this policy will insure that the Verona Public Library remains an inviting, safe place for all patrons.

Thank you for your cooperation.

APPROVED DECEMBER 12, 2018