Child Safety Policy

The Children’s Library staff is happy to have families visit and enjoy the services, programming, and play spaces that the children’s area has to offer. We work hard to make the children’s area a welcoming, comfortable, and safe place for all who visit. We hope that visitors will keep in mind that the children’s area is for all families, with designated spaces recommended for children of specific ages.

The Portage Public Library Board of Trustees has established the following Child Safety Policy:

Library staff cannot act in the place of parents, nor can they act as a substitute for daycare in providing constant care and supervision. Therefore, responsibility for the care, safety, and behavior of children using the library rests with the parent/guardian or caregiver. A caregiver must be at least 12 years of age.

Children age 8 or younger must have a parent or caregiver accompanying them unless the child is participating in a library program. The library strongly recommends that parents and caregivers attend programs with their children; however, parents or caregivers for children age 8 or younger who do not attend the program with the child must remain in the building. Parents or caregivers are always responsible for the actions of their children.

Parents/guardians are always responsible for their children, the care of their children, and the acts of their children. Library staff cannot take responsibility for the care of children of any age.

All children must abide by the rules in the library Public Behavior Policy. It is the responsibility of the parent or caregiver to ensure all children are abiding by the library rules.

Approved by the Portage Public Library Board of Trustees, January 8, 2013