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Children’s Room Policy

Hyannis Public Library Policy for Supervising Children in the Library

CAREGIVERS PLEASE READ!

The library staff values our youngest readers and want to assure that our policies help to promote safe and enjoyable library visits. Youngsters left alone in the Children’s Room for long periods of time naturally grow bored and restless, and their behavior can be disturbing to others. The rules below outline our policy concerning the supervision of children in the library.

  1. Children five years and younger must be supervised   by a responsible person (either an adult or a mature adolescent). If your young child is in the Children’s Room, you must stay with them or have them accompany you in the adult area.
  2. Children six to eight years of age may be left unattended for up to one half hour only. Please inform Children’s Room staff of your whereabouts in the library building.
  3. Children over eight years of age may use the library unattended, subject to our rules concerning conduct and behavior. The library staff are not caregivers, and therefore visits to the library should not serve the function of babysitting.
  4. When picking up older children from the library, arrange to  meet them at least 15 minutes before closing, so children aren’t left waiting after library hours.
  5. The library assumes no responsibility for children of any age left unattended. Furthermore, parents must assume liability for damage done by their children.
* Children in categories one and two above need to be accompanied to the restroom. Please ask the security officer for the key to the restroom.
** The above rules do not apply to scheduled library programs in which your children are participating.