Unattended Child Policy
The library welcomes children of all ages. Our goal is to provide a clean, safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for all library users.
To ensure the safety of children in the library, the following rules are in effect:
Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for ensuring appropriate behavior and safety of their children at all times while in the Library and on Library property. Jumping on or excessively moving furniture and disruptive behavior are not acceptable. Children are required to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the Library.
Children younger than five (5) years of age such as those attending the Lapsit, Toddler Time or Storytimes must be accompanied by an adult at all times and throughout all programs.
Children five (5) years old and older may attend staff-supervised programs alone on library property while their supervisory adult makes personal use of library facilities and services without leaving the property. Tween and teen late night programs are the only exception.
Children ages twelve (12) and younger should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver at all times (Arkansas Code Annotated 5-27-203). Young children cannot be left in the Children’s Library while the adult browses other areas of the library, unless they are in a staff-supervised program and are of the appropriate age as described above.
Older children and adolescents who come to the Library without a parent, guardian, or caregiver are welcome for appropriate use of the Library, such as homework, reading or attending programs.
Parents and caregivers must be aware of library hours, and make suitable arrangements to meet and/or transport their children. Prior to closing, staff will walk through the library to secure it. If a child age 12 or younger is left unaccompanied at closing time, every effort will be made to ascertain the situation and assist the child in calling his/her parent/guardian/caregiver to arrange for transportation. If there is no contact within 15 minutes, the Library will call police for assistance. Two staff members will remain with the child until the police or parent/guardian/caregiver arrives to transport the child. A note documenting the situation will be placed in the child and/or parent’s library record.
The library hosts many after-hours events for youth and adults throughout the year. Children and Teens are required to submit a contract in order to attend any after-hours events. Event Contract.pdf