[Libs-Or] Unattended children in the library

Tamara Ottum tamara.ottum at state.or.us
Tue Apr 23 13:09:39 PDT 2019

Hi Becky,

I encourage you to take a look at the Public Library Policy Collection<http://bit.ly/publibpolicies>, which was developed by the Colorado Library Consortium in collaboration with the Association of Small and Rural Libraries (ARSL). The collection places special emphasis on policies for small public libraries. I searched the collection and found several policies on unattended children.


Tamara Ottum
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Ione Lib.
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 12:47 PM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Unattended children in the library

We are a small, rural library and we're looking for library policies concerning unattended children in the library.  We want children to use our library and many do come in unattended by an adult.  And we want our library to be a safe place that kids can come if they need help.  But at what point does the use cross the line to babysitting and how do we prevent that?

Becky Doherty,Librarian
Ione Library
PO Box 125
Ione, OR  97843
ionelibrary at gmail.com<mailto:ionelibrary at gmail.com>
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