Safe Child Policy
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GRAPEVINE PUBLIC LIBRARY SAFE CHILD POLICY
The Grapevine Public Library provides an array of services to children of all ages. The library offers story times, access to books and electronic resources, and advice on books to read, along with other educational and entertaining programs. The children's collection holds a wide assortment of juvenile fiction, picture books, nonfiction, media, and early literacy stations.
The library encourages frequent visits by children and their families. However, library staff cannot provide child care or assume responsibility for children's safety. Parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the behavior and safety of children in their care visiting the library. Staff cannot be placed in the position of supervising unattended children.
Children are expected to behave in a manner conducive to maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in the building for all patrons and their caregivers are responsible for ensuring the Customer Conduct Expectations Policy is being followed. Children must know how to reach an adult in case of an emergency, and both children and adults need to be aware of library hours.
An unattended child is a child of any age who is apparently unaccompanied by a responsible adult. Parent, guardians, teachers and caregivers may not leave children alone or in the care of other children who are unable or unwilling to provide adequate care. Caregivers must be close at hand.
As in all public places, “stranger danger” is a real concern. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving with persons who are not the appropriate chaperone.
If the Library is closing, at a regular time or in an emergency situation, and a parent or guardian of a child cannot be located in the building, the Grapevine Police Department will be called so that they can assume responsibility for the child until the child’s guardians can be reached. The Police will also be notified if a child appears distressed and staff is unable to locate their caregiver for an extended period of time.
The Library is not responsible for any consequences of parents forfeiting their responsibilities.