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Unattended Children

The Alfred H. Baumann Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe environment for patrons of all ages. Sharing this environment with other people requires that everyone follow the Rules & Regulations established by the Library Board of Trustees and posted in the library and on the library website.

The Alfred H. Baumann Public Library wants children to use its facilities and services. The library trustees recommend that guardians/caregivers accompany their children to the library. The library, though an entertaining place to be, is also a public facility and public places may present hazards for unsupervised children.  When children are left alone they may become anxious or frightened. They may also become bored and restless and disturb the enjoyment and work of others.  Also, as in all public places "stranger danger” is a real concern.

The following guidelines will be followed concerning the care and behavior of young library users.

(1)The library is not responsible for the care of unattended minors.   The library is not intended to be a daycare, after school facility, summer camp or babysitting service.

(2)Children age 6 and younger may not be left unattended in the library. Guardians/ caregivers must supervise and provide guidance and control for their charges at all time.  If Library staff observes a child age 6 or younger who is unattended, staff will attempt to find the child’s guardian/caregiver. If staff cannot locate a guardian/caregiver, the police will be notified.

(3) Unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave.   If the child is age 12 or younger, Library staff will require that the child call a parent or guardian to come pick them up.  In the alternative, the parent or guardian may advise staff that the child may walk home.  If the child is unable to reach a parent/guardian, or if a ride does not come, the police will be called.

(4) The library is not responsible for minors without a ride home at closing. However, if it comes to the attention of the library that an unattended minor is present in the building, staff may ask if the minor has a ride home.  The child will be given the opportunity to call a parent/guardian or caregiver.  If a ride cannot be arranged or does not arrive, staff will call the police.  At least 2 staff members will wait for the police to arrive.  You will be billed for any costs to the library. 


Patron Use


The Alfred Baumann Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library and use its facilities. People using the library and its resources have a right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that is conducive to the library’s mission.

Disruptive Behavior

Abusive language and behavior will not be tolerated.

People demonstrating disruptive behavior may be required to leave the library after warning from library staff. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to noisy, boisterous actions including loud talking and the use of profanity, playing of audio equipment so that others can hear; inappropriate behavior, including eating, smoking, running, staring at another person with the intent to annoy that person or following another person around with the intent to annoy; misuse of library property including destroying and marring library materials, damage of library furnishing, equipment or other library property; or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and it resources.

Behavior designed to interfere with library employees in the performance of their duties is prohibited.

Clothing—Hygiene

Patrons must wear a covering on their upper body and shoes or other footwear.

Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to others may be required to leave the library.

Pets—Animals

Animals and/pets are prohibited except those designated and trained to assist individuals with physical disabilities.

Children

Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library. Young children may not be safe when left unattended in the library. Library staff is not responsible for children in the library.

Older children who are disruptive will be asked to leave the library. If the child cannot safely leave the library on his or her own, staff will call a parent or guardian.

Police Department

In situation where people have been asked to leave the library and do not; or circumstance where it is not safe for the individual to leave (young children). The local police department will be called.

Denial of Library Use

Any person not abiding by these or other rules and regulations of the library may be required to leave the library and forfeits all library privileges. A patron whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees.


Weather Closing Policy

The Alfred Baumann Public Library recognizes that on occasion, inclement weather or other conditions may prevent the library from opening, postpone opening, or require early closing. The primary factor of any decision made will be the safety of staff and library patrons. However, maximum effort will be made to maintain regular library operating hours.

 

In the event that conditions arise requiring a closing, early closing, or delayed opening of the Library building due to inclement weather, the Library Director, following discussion with the Library Board President, may close the library building to the public. The decision will take into account the actions of the Woodland Park School District, The Borough of Woodland Park, and safety concerns. Situations which may result in closing the building may include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, a power outage, and unsafe or unhealthy conditions.

 

Fines will not be charged for any day on which the library is closed.

 

This policy is to help ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, and allows for snow removal and the clearing of roads.