Child Safety/Unattended Child Policy

The Trustees and staff of the Hubbard Memorial Library welcome children of all ages.  In order to provide an environment that is safe, inviting and comfortable for children, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted a policy regarding unattended children and child safety.

Policies:

  1. Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the library.  A parent or other responsible caregiver who is at least 14 years of age must accompany children under the age of 10 at all times. 

 

  1. During story times or while attending other library programs, pre-school children must have the responsible parent or caregiver present in the same room. 

 

  1. Other children under the age of 10 must have the parent or responsible caregiver remain in the building during library sponsored programs, and must pick up the child when the program ends.

 

  1. Rules regarding disruptive behavior in the Library’s Patron Behavior Policy apply to children as well.  If a child is disruptive, the child may be asked to leave the library.  The parent or responsible caregiver may be contacted.

 

  1. If an unaccompanied child under 10 is found in the library or is alone at closing time, library staff will attempt to locate the parent/responsible caretaker.  If unsuccessful, the Ludlow Police Department will be contacted.  Under no circumstances will a staff member take a child out of the building or transport a child to another location.

 

 Adopted by the Board of Library Trustees, June 6, 2017