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Subject: Youth Behavior and Supervision Policy

Approved By: Board of Library Trustees

Approval Date: November 17, 2009

Effective Date: November 17, 2009, November 8, 2011, February 19, 2013, Sept. 19, 2017

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The trustees and staff of the Culver-Union Township Public Library view service to children as an important part of our mission. We encourage children to use this facility for reading, study, research, and attending programs, and we welcome those who do so. However, parents, guardians, and caregivers should be mindful that the library is a public building open to all individuals, and that unattended children are vulnerable. This policy has been designed to communicate the concern of the trustees and staff for the safety and welfare of the children who use the Culver-Union Township Public Library.

All library users are required to respect library property and to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the library. The Library Patron Behavior Policy and Code of Conduct also apply to minors (under 18 years of age). A child who is not using the library appropriately, who is engaged in disruptive or other inappropriate behavior, or who requires excessive staff attention, may be asked to leave the library after proper warning.

If a minor is in violation of the code of conduct, the following disciplinary procedure will be followed:

  1. For the first offense, the minor will be given a formal verbal warning by the children’s department staff member. An incident report will be filled out.
  2. If there is a second offense, the minor will expelled and suspended from the Library for 3 full days. An incident report will be prepared, signed by the Youth Services Manager and then filed.
  3. If there is a third offense, the minor will be suspended from library property and not readmitted until their parent/guardian meets with the Youth Services Manager and the Director.

The Culver-Union Township Public Library welcomes children of all ages to use the Library. Our goal is to inspire the love of reading in every child in a safe environment. We have developed and approved this Policy with our goal in mind. We ask each parent to join us in protecting all children.

The Board of Trustees of the Culver Union Township Public Library reserves the right to change this Policy without notice.

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