Safe Child Policy

The Middleborough Public Library (the Library) provides an array of services to children from preschool age to middle school age. The Library offers story hours, internet access, tours, advice on books to read, and other educational and entertaining programs. The collections in the Children's Room hold a wide assortment of fiction, folktales, picture books, nonfiction, audiovisual materials, reference materials, and public computers. The Children's Room is for children, their parents, guardians, teachers, and caregivers, and people researching children's literature.

The Library encourages frequent visits by children and their families. However, Library staff cannot and does not provide child care or assume responsibility for children's safety. Parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers, not Library staff, are responsible for the behavior and safety of children visiting the Library. Staff cannot be placed in the position of supervising unattended children.

Children in the Library are expected to behave in a manner conducive to maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in the building for all patrons. (Please refer to the Patron Behavior Policy)

Children must know how to reach their adult caregiver in case of an emergency, and both children and adults need to be aware of library hours.

Unattended Children

For the purposes of this policy, an unattended child is defined as a child of any age who is apparently unaccompanied by a responsible adult. Supervising adults must be close at hand. Parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers may not leave children alone or in the care of other children who are unable or unwilling to provide adequate care.

As in all public places, "stranger danger" is a real concern. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving with persons who are not the appropriate chaperone.

If the Library is closing, at a regular time or in an emergency situation, and a parent or guardian of a child cannot be located in the building, the Police Department will be called to take the child.

The Library is not responsible the failure of parents, guardians, teachers or caregivers to provide the required oversight and supervision of their child or charge, or for any consequence of such failure.