Smithville Public Library

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Children in the Library

Children Alone in the Library

Guidelines for Parents and Staff

The Smithville Public Library welcomes children. Library staff members are trained to help

children with library materials and services. We want to provide a safe and appropriate

environment for all library users. However, our library is a public building. The library does not

have facilities or staffing to provide childcare and childcare is not the library’s role.

Parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety, comfort and behavior of their children

while in the library. Please make sure you child comes to the library with a responsible person.

Library staff members will take the following actions in these or similar situations:

·        . A child is alone and frightened or crying in the library

·        . A child is alone and doing something dangerous, or disruptive

·        .Another person in the library seems to be a danger to the child

·        . A child is alone and is not following library rules

·        . No caregiver comes to pick a child up at closing time

·        . Any child under the age of six (6) is alone in the library.

Library staff members will evaluate the situation and try to contact the child’s parent or

guardian. If staff cannot reach the parent or guardian, they will place the child in the care

of the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

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Location and Hours

SMITHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

507 Main St.

Smithville, TX 78957  |  MAP

512-237-3282 ext 2401

WiFi Symbol Free WiFi

HOURS

Monday: 10am-6pm

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-7pm

Friday: 10 am-5 pm

Saturday: 9 am-1pm

Sunday: Closed