New Carlisle - Olive Township Public Library
408 S. Bray St, P.O. Box Q
New Carlisle, IN 46552
(574) 654-3046 voice (574) 654-8260 fax
April 15, 2013
I would like to let you know about the necessity for the Library staff to more strictly follow the unattended children section of the Library’s policies.
1). Kids left here all alone until 6:00 p.m. (Town Time) with nothing to eat/drink.
2). Being left here for so long can sometimes lead to unruly behavior.
3). Safety/security. We can't possibly watch every child as they come and go. They could easily leave the building or the grounds with a dangerous person and we would have no idea of it until too late.
The Library staff and I are noticing an unfortunate increase in incidents and poor behavior involving some school children while they are at the Library. These issues primarily occur after classes dismiss at Olive Elementary at 3:00 p.m. (local time). It is not only the above issues that concern us. With increasing frequency some children are left at the Library for many hours (some after 6:00 p.m. local time) until someone arrives to pick them up. We understand work schedules can frequently be inflexible (especially with the time difference), but the safety and security of our children needs to remain a top priority.
In the Patron Behavior section of our policies it is noted that, “Young children (children 12 years or younger) may not be left unattended in the Library by parent/guardian or assigned caregiver.” In order to maintain a high level of safety and security for everyone, the Library Board and I feel it is necessary to more strictly enforce this policy and request that a parent/guardian/caregiver be present with their children if they are 12 years old or younger when the children visit the Library.
We want to continue providing a safe and friendly environment for everyone (especially our children) in our community. By better communicating with you the necessity of not leaving children unattended at the Library, we feel that our children can and will continue enjoying the Library for many years to come.