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Safe Child Policy

Children are always welcome in our library. We care about the safety and well-being of our young patrons. While library staff is always working to create a safe environment for all, it is necessary for parents and caregivers to do their part to ensure that this is so.

PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS, NOT LIBRARY STAFF, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN VISITING THE LIBRARY.

The Morristown Centennial Library strives to provide a child-friendly atmosphere in its youth services department. While the library is a public building, we are not authorized to act “in loco parentis”. We are unable to provide child care or supervision and cannot be held responsible for the safety of unattended children. Therefore, we ask that children under the age of eight remain on the same floor with a responsible caregiver.

Children will be expected to display appropriate behavior conducive to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere in the building for all patrons. Children will be asked to leave the premises if proper behavior is not maintained. Children must know how to reach an adult in case of an emergency, and both child and adult should be aware of library hours.

Adult use of the space in the youth department is at the discretion of library staff and will be monitored. If an adult is exhibiting inappropriate behaviors, s/he will be asked to leave.

Policy approved 7/8/10, updated 9/11/14