The Thayer Public Library welcomes children. The staff endeavors to create a comfortable and safe environment so that time spent in the library fosters a positive attitude toward reading and libraries in general. Responsibility, however, for children in the library rests with their parents or caregivers and not with the library staff.
Public libraries are not completely safe places for unattended children. An “unattended child” is defined as not with, or supervised by, a parent, caregiver or responsible older sibling. The library is open to the public and the staff does not know everyone who enters. There can never be enough staff to keep an eye on all patrons at all times. Additionally, accidents and emergency situations can occur that require the actions of a responsible party.