2.6 CHILDREN'S SERVICES

The Chelmsford Public Library welcomes parents and children and hopes that they will find the library warm, inviting, educational and fun. When children use the library, the staff is there to assist but not to act "in loco parentis." If a parent cannot accompany a child younger than 10, another adult or someone 14 years of age or older must provide attention and companionship. Unsupervised children can feel anxious, frightened or vulnerable.

Children are expected to follow appropriate library behavior (Policy 2.5) as it pertains to noise, behavior, and food. Children are especially cautioned to walk at all times.

The children's room has several computers that provide Internet access. These computers have filtering software (Policy 2.9) installed on them. Although filtering decreases the possibility that users will encounter dangerous Internet sites, the software is not perfect and parents need to supervise children's use.

Unattended children (Policy 2.5-2) over the age of 10 should call for a ride at least 30 minutes before closing time. Staff members will wait up to 15 minutes after closing with a minor before calling the police to take responsibility for the child's safety.

Please introduce your child to staff members and assure them we will help them with selecting books, getting resources for homework, providing programs and assisting them with any difficulties while visiting the library.

Your cooperation with our efforts to maintain a pleasant and safe environment for all who visit the library is greatly appreciated.

Approved by the Library Trustees, April 2009