CHILDREN & UNATTENDED PERSONS POLICY
The New Milford Public Library is committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for children of all ages.  Service to children is an important part of the Library’s mission.
 
The well-being and safety of children and dependent persons (individuals of any age who are unable to make decisions about their own safety and well-being) can be of serious concern. The Library is a public building open to all individuals. It is not the Library staff’s function or purpose to provide supervision or to care for children or dependent persons while parents, guardians or caregivers are unavailable.
 
The Library staff is not authorized to act in place of parents, guardians or caregivers. Staff members are responsible for assisting all Library customers and cannot adequately monitor unattended children. Responsibility for the safety and behavior of minor children and dependent persons in the Library rests with the parent, guardian or caregiver, not with the library staff.
 
For the protection of children and dependent persons who visit the Library, the following policy has been instituted:
 
  1. Elementary school age children (Kindergarten-Grade 5) and younger must be accompanied by an adult or a responsible, mature caregiver when visiting the Library. Children must be supervised at all times in all parts of the Library building and on Library grounds.
  2. All patrons, including unattended minors using the Library alone or independent of parental supervision, are subject to the Library’s Rules of Conduct set forth in the Library Conduct policy. If the behavior of a patron of any age is in violation of this policy, Library staff may ask the patron to leave the Library and Library privileges may be suspended or revoked. Discipline problems are so varied that each situation will be handled as it occurs.
  3. If unattended children remain at the Library at closing time, staff will attempt to contact parents but may not and will not assume responsibility to care for or transport the child. Staff members are not permitted to take the child out of the building or to transport the child to another location. If the child or the staff cannot reach the parent or guardian within fifteen (15) minutes of closing, the Staff Member In Charge will call the police. Two staff members will remain with the child until suitable arrangements are made with the police, parent or guardian.
  4. Any dependent person or child who is not able to leave the Library without an adult, should not be in the Library unaccompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible, mature caregiver.