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Children's Safety Policy
Approved 11/11/09

The Anderson Public Library welcomes and encourages children to use library facilities and services; however, children who are left unattended at the Library can be a serious concern as they may become bored, unruly, or the target of abuse. The library is not a licensed child care provider and as such cannot and does not provide care or supervision of children except to the extent needed to uphold Library rules of conduct and use. Library staff cannot know if children are leaving the building with parents or strangers or on their own. Parents, guardians, or other adult caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for their children's behavior and safety. Therefore, for the protection and well being of all children who use the Library the following policy has been adopted.

*** For the purposes of this policy, UNATTENDED shall be defined as a child left alone in any area of the library unaccompanied by a parent, guardian or other caregiver over the age of 16.***

Children age five and under may not be dropped off and/or left unattended anywhere in the Anderson Public Library.

Children age six through ten may not be dropped off and/or left unattended at the Anderson Public Library unless actively participating in an organized library-sponsored and supervised event or program such as after-school tutoring, summer reading program, etc. Children must be picked up or joined by a parent, guardian, or other caregiver immediately after the end of the library program.

If a child is discovered to be lost or unattended at the Library, Library staff will attempt to locate a parent/guardian/caregiver to provide proper care and supervision. If a parent/guardian/caregiver cannot be located at the Library, staff will attempt to contact them by phone. When/if they are located, they will be asked to join the child at the Library or to pick up the child immediately. If a parent/guardian/chaperone cannot be located or if the Library is closing, the Lawrenceburg Police Department will be summoned to take charge of the child in question. If a child is placed with the police and the Library is closed, a note to the parent will be left on the Library door explaining the whereabouts of the child. Under no circumstances will a staff member take the child out of the building nor will the child be left alone outside the building after closing.