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.