Young Children

In accordance with the HTFL Bahavior Policy the following information regarding young children is important to note:

  • Children under the age of 7 must not be left unattended on Library premises.
  • When an unattended or under-attended child is disruptive, appears to be a danger to herself or himself, appears to be threatened by others, appears to be ill or upset, or has not been met by a parent or caregiver at closing, library staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department. In the event of an emergency, staff will call 911.
  • Behavior Policy Addendum Concerning the Behavior and Supervision of Minors and Children’s Areas of the Library
    The Haverford Township Free Library welcomes children. Parents/caregivers are responsible for their child’s safety and behavior while in the Library whether the parent/caregiver is present or not. Library employees cannot function as caregivers, babysitters or act in a parental role. The Library is not equipped—and it is not the Library’s role—to provide long-or short-term childcare. The Library assumes neither responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision or safety of minors.
    For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible adult or an older responsible individual must accompany children under age seven when they are using the Library. This responsible individual must supervise, guide and control the behavior of their charge or charges at all times.
    When a child is unattended or under-attended/ignored and

    • the behavior of the child is disruptive or inappropriate (or)
    • the child appears to be a danger to herself or himself or others (or)
    • the child appears to be threatened by others (or)
    • the child appears to be ill or upset (or)
    • the child has not been met by a parent or caregiver at closing.

    Library staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be located, staff will contact the Haverford Township Police Department

    Approved: 10/22/09