Unattended Children and Disruptive Behavior

Unattended Children

The Clay Center Carnegie Library is a public facility open to all citizens, including children.  The library has the 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 as adults.  Parents, guardians or assigned chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their children while in the library.

Children who are disruptive will be asked to leave the library.  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 or guardian.  If no parent or guardian can be contacted library staff will either allow the child to remain at the library under close supervision until a parent or guardian can be contacted, or contact the authorities depending on the severity of the situation.

Children who have not been picked up at closing time will be given the opportunity to call a parent or guardian.  Children who have not been picked up within fifteen minutes of closing will be left in the care of local authorities.  Under no circumstances will staff transport children in a vehicle or accompany them home.