Approved by Library Board: Sept. 2009
Approved by City Council: Oct. 2009
mission of the Taylor Public Library is to promote a lifelong love of
reading and to provide educational, informational, and recreational
resources to patrons of all ages, cultural and economic backgrounds.
Approved by the Library Board, 2-18-97
Taylor Public Library is a public facility of the City of Taylor that
offers vital, enriching services and materials to citizens and visitors
of all ages. Children are particularly encouraged to enjoy the Library
with their parents and families. The Library is dedicated to providing a
welcoming and friendly environment for all library visitors.
safety of children in the Library is a serious concern. Unattended
children can become frightened or anxious. An unattended child might
encounter hazards or dangers that could be circumvented with adult
supervision. An unattended child might also become bored or
frustrated and act inappropriately in the Library. Parents who leave
their children unattended at the Library are exposing their child to
potential harm and may themselves be committing an offense under the Texas Penal Code, Section 22.041c.
Library does not provide care or supervision of children and does not
accept responsibility for children in the Library. Parents or legal
guardians are responsible for their children's safety and behavior in
the Library. To ensure a positive experience for children visiting the
Library, the following rules have been developed.
7 years old and younger must be accompanied by a parent, a responsible
adult or designated caregiver of 16 yrs or older.
children 7 years old and younger should not be left alone in a
different area of the library from their parent, adult or caregiver.
Close proximity is required.
of any age with mental, physical, emotional or behavior problems which
necessitate supervision must be accompanied by a parent or adult (18
yrs) caregiver at all times.
habitually left unattended for long periods of time are an unacceptable
use of the Library. The Library is not a daycare facility. Children
of any age should not be left in the Library to the extent that they are
missing meals, have no responsible adult to contact or have no means to
get home independently.
4.Children of all ages must adhere to the same standards of conduct as required of all patrons (see Code of Conduct and
all other Library policies). Refusal to follow Library rules will
result in individuals being asked to leave, whether or not parents or
caregivers are present. Staff members reserve the right to notify
parents, guardians or the Taylor Police Department as they deem
and guardians should be aware of Library hours and make arrangements to
meet or transport children under the age of 15 by closing times.
a.Youth will be given the opportunity to contact their parent or caregiver for a ride home.
b.Staff will not transport children under any circumstances, ever.
a child's parent or caregiver cannot be reached, has not picked up the
child after a reasonable period of time, Library staff will turn the
child over to the custody of the Taylor Police Department.
or guardians in violation of this policy may receive a copy of this
policy or a letter from the Library Director. Repeat offenses of this
policy can lead to a report to Child Protective Services.