Information for parents of BMS students who visit the library after school

Over the past few weeks we have had a large number of middle school students coming to the library in the after school hours and not participating in library programs.  They come and go from the building playing and hanging around  in the library parking lot, entryway  and in the woods surrounding the library.  At times we have been informed that there have been altercations between children outside of the building.

We want to reiterate to parents that library staff does not routinely supervise the outside of the building.  We ask that you aid us in informing your children that the parking lot and adjacent library property is not a congregating or recreation area.  If your child is NOT using library services, we ask that they not loiter on library property in the after school hours. 

 It is most important that parents understand that the library does not act “in loco parentis”.  Permitting your child to come to the library after school unattended is akin to dropping them off at the mall.  Library policy states:  “The library does not assume responsibility for the behavior or safety of children of any age who are left unaccompanied in the library.  This includes watching children while parents participate in library programs or other activities in the library.”

Parents looking for full information about library programs in the after school hours, please click here.

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