Unattended Children

Reddick Library welcomes and encourages children to use its services and facilities. The Staff is committed to helping children find materials to meet their needs, providing a welcoming environment, and programs that enrich, inform, and entertain. Library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility, to serve as babysitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. 

Any public place can be dangerous for a child who is left unattended, even for brief periods of time. Staff members can not know or be responsible if children leave the building with responsible caregivers or with strangers. When a child is left at the library without a parent or adult, the child's boredom, fatigue, or fear may lead to behavior that disrupts the service that library staff provides. The library encourages parents and adults to consider the safety and well-being of their children and the needs of other library users of all ages. 

Please help keep your children safe by following our Unattended Children Policy, which is highlighted below. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of Library privileges.

  • Parents are responsible for their children in the library, whether or not the parent is present.
  • A parent or another responsible adult caregiver (age 14 or older) must attend to children under the age of 8 at all times in the library.
  • Children whose behavior is disruptive may be asked to leave the building.  Children under age 8 who are unattended will be handled according to the unattended children procedures.