The Lenox Library Association exists for all its patrons. Behavior expectations are aimed at producing an environment in which patrons and staff can use the facility comfortably. To this end:
- Food and drink are not allowed in the Library except as provided by the Library for special programs.
- Cell phones and other electronic auditory equipment are not to be used in the Library except as provided by the Library for programs or as a Library service.
- Sports equipment such as roller blades, skateboards, bicycles, skies, and other large items are not to be brought into the Library.
- Shoes are to be worn at all times.
- Children may play quietly with toys.
- There should be no running, yelling, or active games.
- Toys and puppets are to be used in a non-destructive manner.
- Toys should be picked up before the child and caregiver leave.
- Books are not to be thrown.
- Books are not to be haphazardly removed from the shelves.
- Books are not to be used as toys.
- Please do not reshelve books. Leave books you do not wish to check out on a table.
Diaper changing stations are located in restrooms throughout the Library.
Soiled diapers are to be taken home with the patron.
The Youth Department exists to serve the needs of children and their caregivers. The staff works to provide a safe environment for young patrons; however, parents and other caregivers need to do their part. Parents and other caregivers must recognize that the Library is a public building and open to many types of individuals.
For their own safety, children age 8 and under should not be left unattended. The physical arrangement of the Youth Department makes it impossible to see patrons at all times or to ensure that small children do not wander from the department or the building.
Unattended children are expected to behave in a manner that maintains a peaceful atmosphere for all patrons. Children who do not behave properly will be asked to leave the library. Children should know how to reach an adult in an emergency. Every effort will be made to contact a caregiver before closing time. If unsuccessful, the police will be contacted to assure the child’s safety.
Internet Safety – Supervising Children’s Use
The Lenox Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. The Library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of Library materials and resources. Parents should let their children know if there are materials that they do not want them to use. Parents should supervise their child’s Internet sessions. The Library does not have the right, resources or responsibility to act in loco parentis. For more information on children and the Internet, parents are encouraged to consult the pamphlet Child Safety on the Internet Highway produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Organization.
Parents or guardians, not Library staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children.
Youth Department staff is concerned with safe Internet use by its patrons. Staff members will gladly help patrons find appropriate information sites. However, staff cannot supervise all Internet use. Internet safety must be a partnership between parent and child. There are Internet sites that can help parents develop this partnership. One example is Safe Kids.