Unattended Child Policy

As summer approaches, and school is out, everyone should be aware of our unattended child library policy.

UNATTENDED CHILDREN

 Policy Statement:

A primary mission of the library is to provide a safe, secure, comfortable and convenient facility for patrons and staff. This is especially true for children who visit the library. Although staff are available to assist and provide general guidance, the library does not provide childcare services. Attaining the desired and appropriate environment for children requires the communication and cooperation of both staff and parents.

Definitions:

Unattended Child

An unattended child is any young person unaccompanied by a responsible adult and who is unable to care for his or her self, or use the library responsibly.

Adult, Parent, Caregiver

These terms are used in this policy to designate a person who is legally responsible for the welfare and behavior of their children.

Inappropriate Behavior

Examples of inappropriate behavior may include but are not limited to:

Disruptive behavior, such as running, shouting, climbing, rude actions, horseplay, etc.

Verbal or physical abuse of staff or other people in the library, such as cursing, demeaning or rude comments, talking back, hitting, biting, kicking, punching, teasing other children, hiding property etc.

Damage to property of the library or others, such as breaking or ruining supplies, improper use of furniture or equipment, theft, etc.

Regulations:

  1. Parents or adult caregivers are legally responsible for the welfare and behavior of their children. The library is not responsible for unattended children. Library staff may refer children who are left unattended in the library to appropriate authorities including the police or child welfare agencies.
  1. Young children may not be left unattended. Any child, seven years old or less must be accompanied by an adult at all times. An exception exists for children attending a planned, scheduled library program without a parent or caregiver in the room. However, the parent or caregiver is expected to remain in the library building and immediately join the child at the end of the program.
  1. Older children, ages eight and up, may need adult supervision to ensure their safety and maintain appropriate behavior and responsible library use. Staff members will use their judgment and discretion in determining whether or not an unattended child needs a parent or caregiver to provide supervision.
  1. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Staff will ask children to comply with library rules or instructions. Children whose behavior is disruptive to library rules and instructions will be asked to leave the library grounds. If a child is not able to leave the library without an adult, he should not be in the library alone. Children will be given the opportunity to make a phone call to a parent or guardian to inform them of the circumstances. A parent or the police may be called to pick up the child.
  1. Children should know how to reach an adult at all times. They may use the library business phone in case of an emergency.
  1. At closing time, or in the event of an emergency (closing for weather or a power outage), staff will assist unattended children in calling a parent or responsible adult to pick them up. If someone cannot be contacted within 30 minutes of a child being left alone, or at the library closing time, staff will call the police who will assume responsibility for the child.
  1. Parents should be aware of circumstances that may result in the unexpected closing of the library (storms, power outages, etc.). Library hours of operation are posted on signs.

As of 07/24/2008

Happy National Library Week!

We have a few exciting events going on at the library this week, to celebrate National Library Week.

First:  Guess the number of jelly beans.  Put in a guess at the main desk!  Anyone can make a guess.

Second: Have late fines?  Bring in canned or non-perishable items this week,  to reduce them.  1 canned/non-perishable item will take up to $5 off your fines. Please, make sure all items donated are not expired.  All items collect will be given to the Americus Food Pantry.

Third:  1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program.  This reading program is for children from birth to just entering Kindergarten.  Information packets will be handed out at the end of Story Time.  If you are interested in this program, and will not be at Story Time, please feel free to stop at the library to pick a packet, after Thursday morning.  More information on this program can be found at: 1000BooksBeforeKindergarten.org

1000BooksBeforeKindergarten.org
1000BooksBeforeKindergarten.org

Library Card and Late Fees

LIBRARY CARDS

 Library cards are issued upon patron request with proof of identity.

Books will only be checked out on patron cards. If more than one family member has a card and one card is blocked they cannot use another family member’s card unless card holder is with patron and approves usage.

Late Fees

Effective January 1, 2015 any patron with fines of $10.00 or more will be blocked until all fines are paid and all books returned. No checkout for any library materials (books, DVD’s/VHS, magazines, etc.)

Fine Free Exceptions: School, patrons over the age of 70, hospitalization/illness, natural disaster (fire, flood, tornado) death of patron family member, board members and interlibrary loans.

Late Fee for library materials: Books 10 cents a day per book

DVD/VHS $1.00 a day per dvd/vhs (limit 5)

New Copies and Fax Policy

Copier Policy

Each single-sided copy is 10 cents.

Double-sided copy is 25 cents.

Anything printed by the patron (even if by mistake) will be paid for by the printing patron.

Free Copies as followed:

Encyclopedia articles (cannot be checked out)

Pages from a book (not allowed to be checked out)

Copies for the Township Board

Our mistake – trial and error on enlargement or reduction and paper jams

Fax Policy

To send:

1 to 5 pages: $2.00

25 cents each additional page

To receive:

25 cents per page

Americus Township Library

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