Brewster Ladies’ Library Safe Child Policy

The Brewster Ladies’ Library strives to create a welcoming, educational and safe environment for our youth. The library offers age appropriate materials and programs as well as a knowledgeable, friendly staff that promotes a love of books, reading, and lifelong learning. The safety and welfare of every child is of the utmost importance and to ensure this, the Brewster Ladies’ Library has established the following Safe Child Policy.

 

Children 10 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver at all times while using the Brewster Ladies’ Library. Parents and caregivers are responsible for the materials their children select. Parents who wish to monitor their children’s reading material should personally oversee their children’s selections. The Brewster Ladies’ Library offers Internet access. Parents and caregivers are responsible for supervising their children’s usage of the Internet.

 

The safety of children left alone in the library is a serious concern. If children are found to be unattended, library staff will attempt to locate the caregiver within the building. If the attempt is unsuccessful, the Brewster Police Department will be contacted and asked to pick up the unattended child. The library staff is not responsible for supervising unattended children. Parents should be aware of library hours. If at closing time, children 10 years and under are found to be without a caregiver present, the staff will make an effort to contact a caregiver for immediate pick-up. The library staff will not transport children. If arrangements cannot be made, the Brewster Police Department will be notified. Library staff will remain with the child until Brewster Police arrive.

 

Approved April 21, 2011 by the Board of the Brewster Ladies’ Library Association