Lost/Unattended Children Policy

The Clear Lake Public Library encourages children and families to use its facilities.  However, when children are left unattended at the Library, problems can arise.  Young children may become frightened or confused and wander away.  Older children cannot be expected to deal with a small child who is frightened, tired, or ill.  Older children left on their own for extended periods may become bored and disruptive.  Since the Library is a public building, children might be approached by strangers.  If an unattended child has a medical emergency, the Library staff cannot take legal responsibility.

Therefore, to protect children who are using the Library and to provide all customers with a facility that is safe, pleasant, and conducive to Library use, the Clear Lake Public Library Board adopts the following guidelines: 

  1. Parents and guardians are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children at the Library.
  1. The Library staff reserves the right to contact parents, guardians or other proper authorities if minors are left unattended and require supervision.
  1. The Library staff requests that parents or guardians of preschool children ensure that either they or an older person responsible for the children stay within sight of the children when in the Library. 

Adopted February 5, 2002


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