The Brookhaven Free Library welcomes children and youth of all ages to use its facilities and services. The safety and well being of patrons of all ages and the maintenance of an atmosphere conducive to the library use are major concerns. Though staff will always respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for the safety and comfort of minors when they are unattended. Children under the age of ten (10) must be attended and adequately supervised at all times. Older youth may use the library unattended provided they are able to maintain proper behavior. Responsibility for the welfare, supervision and the behavior of all minors using the library rests with the parent/guardian/caregiver.
Children who are over the age of 7 and are under the age of ten who are in the library for the purpose of attending a program for which they are registered may be left while the program is in progress, provided a staff member knows how to get in touch with the parent/guardian/ caregiver, and that the child is not left unattended after the conclusion of the program.
If in the judgment of the library staff an unsupervised child’s conduct, capacity or age, or the conduct or age of those responsible for the child exposes the child or others to risk, disrupts the operation of the library, or requires staff intervention, the child may be asked to leave the library. If, due to age, capacity, weather, time of day or other circumstances, the child is judged by staff to be unable to leave the premises safely, library staff will attempt to contact the parent or legal guardian and request the child’s removal from the library. If a parent or legal guardian in unavailable, then proper authorities will be notified.
Parents and caregivers must be aware of library hours, and make suitable arrangements to meet and or transport their children. If a child age 12 or younger is left unaccompanied at closing time, every effort will be made to assist the child in calling his/her parent/ guardian/ caregiver to arrange for transportation. Two staff members will remain with the child until the parent/guardian/ caregiver arrives to transport the child. If there is no contact within 15 minutes, the Library will call police for assistance.
Anytime a child is left unattended in the Library, in violation of the guidelines outlined in this policy, an incident report should be filed with copies to the Director.
Minors for the purpose of this document, will be defined as all patrons less than 18 years of age.
Minors who have completed grade 6 must adhere to the policy as outlined in the Computer Use Policy.
Minors in grades 6 or under will have access to computers in the children’s room and must sign in at the children’s reference desk. The following restrictions will apply:
- Computers will be assigned on a first come first served basis
- Minors must limit their computer usage to 30 minutes if there is someone waiting to use the computer
- The library reserves the right to deny computer usage to anyone who intentionally or unintentionally abuses the computers
- Minors may not reserve computer time in advance
- Printing will be limited to three free pages unless that printing is for school research or reports for which there is no charge.
- Downloading information onto the computers hard drive or altering the setup or configuration of the computer is unacceptable.
- Saving information is permitted to a personal portable device only.
Parents are not required to sit with their child while he/she is at the computer terminal however the library strongly recommends that parents take an active interest in and responsibility for their child’s online use.One computer is dedicated for research and has unlimited filtered access. All minors using this terminal must adhere to rules as outlined in the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy. Failure to do so will result in loss of privileges.
Parents wishing to deny their minor child internet access must contact the library in writing.
Adults and minors who have completed grade 6 who are not accompanied by a child are not permitted to use the children’s computer’s without expressed permission from the library staff.
The Brookhaven Free Library offers a selection of programs and workshops for children from birth through grade 12. Programs are free to attendees and are available to all South Country Central School District residents in good library standing on a first come first served basis.
The Brookhaven Free Library creates a variety of age appropriate activities for children and reserve the right to limit registration based on age/grade and program or building capacity.
Non district children or grandchildren of a current resident in good standing may register for programs one week after the posted registration date as space allows. Children must have their own library cards.
Parents who wish to drop their children off at a library program must meet all criteria outlined in the Brookhaven Free Library Unattended Children Policy. Children are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner. In the event that a child is disruptive, parents will be notified and the child will be asked to leave the program.
Children’s programmers must adhere to all other stipulation as outlined in the Adult Programming Policy Speakers/ Presenters/ Performers section.