West Florida Public Library promotes the well-being and safety of children and provides an inviting atmosphere for young patrons and their grown-ups. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to use the Children’s Room for the purpose of furthering their knowledge of children’s literature. The following are guidelines for use of the children’s rooms at all facilities.
- In accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Library Board, May 14, 2008, the library cannot be responsible for unaccompanied children of any age.
- Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian, or other responsible person. Parents/caregivers must remain in the immediate vicinity of and be in visual contact with the child. If a minor or vulnerable adult is not able to leave the library without an accompanying adult, he/she should not be in the library alone. A parent, legal guardian, or caregiver is responsible for monitoring activities and managing the behavior of minors or vulnerable adults during their library visit. Adults and children whose behavior is disruptive toward staff or other patrons will be asked to leave the building. For the benefit of all library patrons, staff may require a parent or legal guardian to remain with his/her child regardless of age.
- Parents and legal guardians are reminded that the library is a public facility, and public places may present hazards for unsupervised children of any age.
- Patrons who are seeking a quiet library atmosphere will find it necessary to relocate outside of the children’s room.
- In order to provide optimum service to children, staff has the discretion to ask adult patrons to relocate outside of the children’s room when not engaged in children’s literary activities.