The Boonton Holmes Public Library encourages all children to visit the library and use its resources. The happiness and safety of children visiting the library is a serious concern. If left unattended for any length of time when no library program is being offered, children of any age may become bored, restless and disruptive.
Parents need to be aware that the library is a public facility. Each year hundreds of children are abducted from public places. Children visiting the library should be supervised, for their own safety and the consideration of other patrons.
The library does not provide daycare or afterschool care. The library is not responsible for unattended children. Parents are responsible for the supervision and behavior of their children at all times.
The following guidelines have been established to insure the safety and well-being of children visiting the library:
- Children 9 years of age or younger must be supervised by a caregiver aged 14 or over at all times and may not be left unattended in the children’s area unless they are attending a special children’s program. If the parent leaves the building, they must leave a contact phone number, in case of emergency.
- Children aged 10 – 14 years of age may be left alone in the library for reasonable periods of time. This time may vary with the child’s maturity, but is generally considered to be no more than 2 hours. Should problems arise, the library will attempt to contact a parent.
- Children aged 14 and over may be in the library alone for undetermined periods of time. Should problems arise, the library may ask the child to leave or contact a parent.
- The Library reserves the right to ask unattended children to sign in and present their library cards upon request.
- The Library reserves the right to notify the Boonton School District if students, providing they are unattended children and currently Boonton students, remain at the library during school hours.
- All children should be picked up or have arrangements to leave the library no later than 15 minutes before closing.
- If a problem should arise while children are visiting the library or if a child under 14 should remain at the library after closing, an attempt will be made to contact the parents. If the library staff is unable to reach the parents, or the child is not picked up with in 15 minutes after closing, the Boonton Police Department will be notified.
Welfare of Children
As a public agency, the library serves in the best interest of the welfare of all children. The library is required by law to notify the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in the event of suspected abuse or neglect of any child. This includes, but is not limited to: mistreatment of a child, lack of proper supervision of a child or repeatedly leaving a child unattended at the library.
Approved by the Board of Trustees 2/27/97.