UNATTENDED CHILDREN POLICY

Children and adults alike are welcomed and encouraged to use the Avon Free Public Library. In order to maintain a safe, orderly and proper environment for library use, the following guidelines regarding the supervision of children are in effect:

Parents and guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children at all times while children are on library premises.

Preschool children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. During storytimes adults are asked to remain in the building. Children aged newborn through age 2 MUST be accompanied by adults in storytime groups. Parents or guardians not sitting in a group with an older child must still remain in the children's room.

No child under age 12 may be left alone in the library for any reason. (Reference Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-21a: "Leaving a child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or motor vehicle: Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, or any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle for a period of time that presents a risk to the child's health or safety, shall be guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor.")

Parents and guardians should be aware of library opening and closing times and make arrangements to meet and transport children ages 12 and up who have been left unattended at the library.

Children still at the library at closing time will be directed to call their parents from the library's public phone. The Avon Police may be called if the parent has not come for the child by closing time.

The library is not responsible for children outside the building who await transportation or who are socializing.

All children, young adults and adults are expected to respect library property and other library patrons. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will result in the individual(s) being asked to leave, and parents and/or the Avon Police Department will be notified as deemed necessary by the staff. In the case of younger children, parents are expected to remove the child from the building until the problem is resolved. If the parent does not remove the child both the child and parent will be asked to leave the premises.

All patrons are asked to observe "EXPECTATIONS: BEHAVIOR IN THE LIBRARY," a memo posted at the entrance of the building and near the entrance to the Children's Room.

The judgement of the library staff prevails when requesting the removal of a child from the building in the event of behavioral difficulties.

Revised and adopted by the Library Board of Directors, June 19, 2007

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