Unattended Children Policy
The library does not provide care or supervision of children, except to the extent needed to uphold library rules of conduct and use, and does not accept responsibility for such care. Parents or other caregivers are responsible for their children's behavior.
Children under the age of eight or in third grade may not be left unattended in the library, except during scheduled library-sponsored programs.
Children age nine and older may be left unattended providing they are mature enough to stay alone and observe proper conduct. Such children are subject to the same rules of conduct as other patrons and the same consequences, including being asked to leave the library. This possibility should be taken into account by the parents/guardians when deciding whether to leave a child unattended in the library.
Children of any age with mental, physical, or emotional problems which render supervision necessary shall be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver at all times.
Children left unattended in the library in violation of this policy may be considered a child in need of care, and the matter referred to the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services or other authorities.
During school hours, minors are not allowed in the library without accompanied by their guardians.
Approved: Holyoke Public Library Board of Directors – April 10, 2007