Whitefish Library Policies
2018. Children and the Library.
Children are some of the most important library users at the Whitefish Community Library.
The Library has a large collection of books and materials for children of all ages. A section of the Library is set aside for its youngest readers, and the Library also conducts special programs for children.
To make sure that the Library is a safe place for children, and also to protect the rights of other library users, a few rules regarding children are necessary:
Children who are 10-years-old or younger must be accompanied to the Whitefish Community Library by a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver. That parent, guardian or responsible caregiver should ensure that the children in their company are behaving appropriately and are not disrupting the Library environment for other users.
lf the parent, guardian or responsible caregiver is not fulfilling the responsibilities described in the previous paragraph, the Library staff may ask them to do so.
lf the parent, guardian or responsible caregiver is unable or unwilling to do so, the staff may ask them to remove the children from the Library.
Children who are 10-years-old or younger, who are not in the company of a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver, may be turned over to the Whitefish Police Department for safekeeping. This practice is especially important if those unattended children are at the Library when it closes.
Minors older than 10 years may use the Whitefish Community Library without a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver in attendance. Those minor children will be expected to conduct themselves like all adult users of the Library. That appropriate conduct is described in Policy 2017 of the Whitefish Community Library. lf the Library staff is concerned about the safety and welfare of such minor children, they may ’ contact the Whitefish Police Department for assistance.
Reviewed and re-approved as amended by the Whitefish Cornmunity Library Board of Trustees on March 13, 2019.
Anne Shaw Moran, Chair