Safe Child Policy
The Sherman Free Library is not responsible for unattended children.
The Library cannot ensure the safety of any library patron of any age, especially children.
Library staff duties cannot include babysitting or taking over any parental responsibilities
for children when they come into the library. While the Sherman Free Library is
concerned about the safety and welfare of all children, parents and caregivers are the ones
responsible for the safety and welfare, as well as monitoring children's activities and
Children eight and under must be directly supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver
at all times while in the library. Parents or caregivers are responsible for the safety and
appropriate behavior of each child in their care. Parents and caregivers cannot leave
young children unattended in the library.
If any unattended child is disruptive, the parent or caregiver will be contacted to come
and remove the child from the library.
A child or children left habitually unattended is/are deemed to be at risk. If a parent
or guardian of an unattended child under the age of eight cannot be contacted or located
within one-half hour of the discovery that the child is unattended, the library will contact
the local law enforcement or child protective authorities will be notified to take custody
of the child.