The Amherst Town Library welcomes children of all ages to use and enjoy
the facilities, collections and programming offered by the library. The
library attempts to provide a safe environment for children to select
books and other materials and to attend library programming. However,
young children are not safe when left unattended in the library. The
staff cannot know if children are leaving the building with their parents
or with strangers. For the safety of minor children and the enjoyment
of all patrons using the library we have developed a specific policy
regarding unattended children.
- The Library
Staff recognize that all children are unique and mature at different
rates. We recommend that children under the age of ten not
be left unattended in the library. We highly recommend that children
under the age of eight not be left unattended in the children’s
room. A child is unattended if a parent, teenaged sibling or responsible
adult is not present with the child at all times while in the library.
the discretion of a responsible adult, older children may be
left unattended for the period of time needed to select materials,
a homework assignment, read, or attend a program. The child must
know how to reach the adult in case the need should arise. Children
not be left for longer than three hours; the library does not provide
child care services.
- Parents are responsible
for the behavior of minor children at all times, even if they are
not in the library
with the child. Library
not serve in loco parentis, in place of the parent. If a child’s
behavior is inappropriate for the library, and he/she does not
respond to appropriate guidance from library staff, the parent
will be contacted
to remove the child from the library. If the parent cannot be
reached and the child’s behavior is deemed dangerous or
unduly disruptive, the Amherst Police Department may be called.
a child is left at the library without a way home at closing
time, library staff may call the child’s home or parent’s
place of business using information provided by the child,
the patron database,
or the telephone directory. If contacted, the parent will be
told that their child must be picked up immediately. If the
parent cannot be located
or if a parent has not picked up the child within one half
hour, the library staff may contact the Amherst Police Department.
no circumstances will a staff member take a child out
of the library or give a child a ride home.
- The Amherst Town
Library and its staff do not assume responsibility for any child
left unattended in the library.
- All library patrons,
regardless of age are subject to the Patron
Behavior Policy concerning disruptive behavior.
used in this policy, the term “parent” may
include legal guardians or other persons having custody
or control of a minor.
Approved by Board
of Library Trustees: 22 February 2006