It is the policy of the Pendleton Community Library to provide for the general welfare of all persons using the library and for the safety of the children on its premises.

Children 7 years and younger shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by an adult or mature adolescent, 16 years and older. No child under the age of 10 is allowed in the library without the accompaniment of an adult or mature adolescent who remains in the building during the entire duration of the visit.

Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's behavior while in the library and may not leave them unattended. The library is a controlled environment and is not equipped for childcare. Parents should not rely on library staff to supervise their children while they use the library.

Disruptive children may be asked to leave. Parents will be notified of their children's behavior and will be requested to pick up their child/children.

Children who have been abandoned in the library at closing time will be allowed to use the library's phone to call a parent or guardian to pick them up. Under NO circumstances should a staff member give a child a ride, nor should a staff member be alone with the child at any time. At least two staff members will wait with the child until 20 minutes after closing. If the child's parent or guardian has not arrived by that time, the local police will be called to handle the situation. Staff will wait with the child until police arrive. 

Adopted by the Pendleton Community Library Board of Trustees
April 8, 2015

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