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Unattended Children Policy

    The North Scituate Public Library is a public facility that offers services to a wide range of citizens, and children are especially welcome.  The library has a responsibility to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable for every patron who is appropriately using its services and facilities.  Children and young people are expected to adhere to the same standards of patron conduct expected of adults.  Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones (hereafter called “parent”) are responsible for the behavior of their children while on library property.

    Children under the age of eight should never be left unsupervised in any area of the library.  If a parent cannot be located, staff will call the Scituate Police to report an abandoned child.

    Older children who are disruptive will be asked to leave the library (see the library’s Behavior Policy).  If the child cannot safely leave the library to return home on his or her own, staff will permit the child to call a parent.  If no parent can be contacted, library staff will either allow the child to remain at the library under close supervision until a parent can be contacted or contact the Scituate Police, depending on the severity of the situation.

    It is sometimes necessary for libraries to close due to unusual or emergency situations.  Parents leaving a child unattended should provide the child with a telephone number where they can be reached.  Children who have not been picked up at the library’s usual or emergency closing time will be given the opportunity to call a parent.  Children who have not been picked up within fifteen minutes after closing will be left in the care of the Scituate Police.  Under no circumstances will staff transport children in a vehicle or accompany them home.

    Approved by the Board of Trustees 10/16/2001.