The Library welcomes children of all ages. A special children’s area, young readers’ book collections, and computers are provided to make the library inviting to children. Children are encouraged to visit the library to develop a love of books, reading, and libraries.
Because the library is open to the public, the safety of children who are left unaccompanied in the Library is a concern. Library staff cannot know if unattended children are leaving the building with parents, strangers, or by themselves. Children may also become bored and restless which can lead to behavior which is disruptive to other Library patrons.
For the well being of children and the comfort of all Library patrons, the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library Board has adopted a policy concerning unattended children.
Children ages eleven (11) and under must not be left alone in the Library for any amount of time. They must be accompanied by an adult or mature adolescent who is sixteen (16) years of age or older. If a child is left unattended in the library, the staff will attempt to locate the parent or caregiver. If they cannot be located within 30 minutes, the sheriff’s department may be contacted to pick up the child.
For safety’s sake, parents should leave children ages twelve (12) and above alone in the library only if they are mature enough to take care of themselves. The Library staff is not responsible for the safety or behavior of children of any age.
This policy will take effect September 15, 2010. If your telephone number has been changed please contact the library with the updated information.