Unattended Children Policy

Kemmerer Library Harding Township welcomes children of all ages to the Library and hopes they will find it a warm, inviting place to read, learn and study. We welcome families and, in doing so, affirm the parent’s and/or caregiver’s responsibility for their child’s safety and well–being.

Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the care or supervision of children using the Library outside of scheduled Library programs. The Library does not serve as a baby-sitting or day care service and the Library staff has responsibilities that prevent them from providing appropriate supervision for children.

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At all times the parent or guardian is responsible for the care and supervision of the child, not the Library or any of the Library staff members. If a parent or guardian decides to leave a child unattended in the Library, the following guidelines must be met:

  • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a caregiver (age 13 or older) at all times.
  • Children aged 7-11 may be left alone in the Library for reasonable periods of time, but again parents must be aware that the Library cannot care or supervise the children. Parents remain responsible for their children’s behavior and will be contacted if necessary.
  • Parents, guardians and caregivers are required to be at the Library no later than 15 minutes before closing to pick up their children.
  • Should problems arise, the Library may ask the child to leave or contact a parent. If the Library staff is unable to reach the parents, the Harding Township Police Department will be called.
  • All children should carry with them the phone number of a parent or responsible caregiver who is to be contacted in case of emergency.
  • Please refer to the Children Safety on the Internet section in the Computer & Internet Acceptable Use Policy.