Children's Behavior Policy
*Parents/guardians/caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior
and adherence to rules while they are in the library.
*We ask that children be responsible with furniture, desks, or shelving,
books, other library materials or misuse library equipment, such as
*We ask that children should refrain from disrupting the library by
screaming, shouting or crying.
*If the parent/guardian/caregiver cannot/refuses to control the child, he/she
and the child/children will be asked to leave the library.
*Because the library is a well-trafficked area that may pose a threat for an
unattended child, children age 7 or younger must be accompanied by a
responsible parent, guardian or caregiver at least 13 years of age while in
the library. Parents/guardians/caregivers may not leave young children
unattended in the library.
*The Library is not a playground. Children are not be permitted to run and
or chase each other in the facility.
The Library Staff is:
a) Authorized to advise the caregiver who is in the building to resume control of the child.
b) Authorized to locate an appropriate caregiver, if none is in the building by phone to immediately pick up the child.
c) Authorized to contact the police to pick up the child if a caregiver cannot be located in a reasonable length of time.
d) Not authorized to take the child from the building, including transporting the child to another location.
*When children age 12 or younger remain at the library at closing time, a library staff member will remain with the child for 15 minutes. If a responsible adult cannot be located to pick up the child in that time, the police shall be called to pick up the child.
*When minors age 8 to 18 are asked to leave the building for dangerous or disruptive behavior, the parent/guardian will be notified in writing of the action if that parent/guardian’s identity is known.
ADOPTED BY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES 12/11/00,
REVISED 9/9/2002, 8/11/2008 BY DUNKIRK PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES