New Policy for Children at the Lane Library

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By Patrick Cronin

Hampton Union, Tuesday, November 11, 2008

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Trustees of Lane Memorial Library recently changed the policy of allowing children under age 7 to roam the library unsupervised.

The board of trustees felt unsupervised children of such a young age raised safety and security concerns leading trustees to revise the "Unaccompanied Minor Policy" for the library during their meeting on Sept. 18.

The policy now defines children by grade rather than age and asks that children at or below grade 3 be accompanied by a parent or guardian when visiting the library. Non-legal guardians supervising children should be legal adults or high school aged minors.

A new component of the policy asks that children at or below the first-grade level be with their accompanying parent or guardian at all times while within the library.

Children at the grade 2-3 levels are allowed and encouraged to explore the library unattended, provided their parent or guardian remains within the building and that the child's behavior is monitored and checked by that parent or guardian.

Library use and access remains open and unrestricted to children at the fourth-grade level and above.

Anyone with questions regarding the new policy should contact library Director Amanda Reynolds Cooper at director@hampton.lib.nh.us, or Assistant Director Bill Teschek at bteschek@hampton.lib.nh.us. Both Reynolds Cooper and Teschek can also be reached at 926-3368.

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